March 12 2014 Latest news:
Friday, February 21, 2014
Members of Huntingdon Gymnastics club - including Olympic gymnasts Louis Smith and Dan Keatings - demonstrated their spectacular skills during yesterday’s opening of the club’s extension.
Speeches by former Prime Minister Sir John Major, the club’s head coach Paul Hall and British Gymnastics president Alan Sommerville were followed by a series of displays.
First up were elite and development gymnasts who showed off the new 2012 Hall’s sunken trampoline.
They were followed by Lottie Smith on the beam, who became a member of the GB junior national girls squad last year.
Dan Keatings, who won a silver medal at the world championships in 2009, completed a routine on the pommel horse.
Then it was the turn of the elite and development junior and senior gymnasts who performed a tumbling floor display.
Louis Smith, back in training after more than a year away from the sport, gave the audience a demonstration of what he could do on the pommel horse.
And the action culminated in a dazzling display of acrobatics by the new display team, who only auditioned for parts in January under the leadership of Zoiey Smale.
The new 2012 Hall, which cost £775,000, will allow the club to meet the demand from people wanting to take part in recreational gymnastics.
A £155,000 upgrade of the original hall, now renamed the Sharpington Hall after the club’s founder Terry Sharpington, included a new heating system.
While £550,000 was spent on extra changing rooms, toilets, an office and a new entrance.
Funding was received from a variety of sources, including Cambridgeshire Horizons, Huntingdon Freemen’s Trust and British Gymnastics.
For more on the opening and a gallery of pictures, click here.
Editor’s note: The Hunts Post is grateful to Emma Phillips and her daughter Alysia Meakes, aged 10, for providing the video footage.