Hartlepool gymnasts just miss out on podium place at national finals

The five Dyke House College gymnasts who just missed out on a podium place.
The five Dyke House College gymnasts who just missed out on a podium place.

A Dyke House College team of five strong gymnasts came within a point of a podium finish at the national finals of the British Schools’ Tumbling, Acrobatics and Vault competition.

Jake Wahab, Alex Lamb, Lydia Engoulvent, Josh Egan and Mia Stuart travelled down to Stoke to represent the North in the event.

The five elite development squad scholars competed with nine other teams in the under-19 mixed section.

All the gymnasts gave a fantastic performance in both floor and vault to fight for a position on the podium.

However, the competition was of a high standard, with some of the other school teams including members of the national squad.

Dyke House finished in seventh position overall, with less than a point separating them from third position and a place on the podium.

Individually they also performed well, with a special mention going to Year 8 pupil Josh Egan, who came third in his floor routine, and ninth out of 50 in the competition overall.

Dyke House’s head of PE Mrs Smith, who travelled down to Staffordshire with the group, said: “All gymnasts had nice, clean floor routines and gave 110 per cent on the day.

“It was a much higher level than last year’s final, and hopefully we will get the opportunity to return next year to try to improve on our position.

“I am extremely proud of all five gymnasts and how well they have performed to get to this level.”

Josh Egan, meanwhile, deserved special praise for claiming silver, along with his partner Betty Ellis, for the second year in a row at the British Acro Gymnastics Final.