Success in two different countries for Huntingdon Gymnastics Club talents

Benji Eyre (left) and Jake Jarman (right) of Huntingdon Gymnastics Club.

Benji Eyre (left) and Jake Jarman (right) of Huntingdon Gymnastics Club. - Credit: Archant

The Huntingdon Gymnastics Club conveyer belt is clearly still in fine working order.

The Mayfield Road operation continues to produce a regular flow of talent.

And there were some fine results to celebrate in different parts of the United Kingdom last weekend.

Benji Eyre claimed senior all-around gold at the Welsh Championships in Cardiff.

The 17 year-old worked well across all six apparatus to amass an impressive score in excess of 75 points.


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Eyre’s long-term aim is to earn a place in the Welsh squad for the Commonwealth Games in 2018, which are being staged in Brisbane, Australia.

Huntingdon clubmate Jake Jarman (12) competed in Cardiff as a guest and amassed the highest all-around score in his age group. In the process he gained vital experience ahead of the British Championships.

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Huntingdon head coach Paul Hall said: “It is terrific to see one of our gymnasts winning a national title and Jake also delivered a top-scoring performance during a very good competition for the club.”

And two more Huntingdon prospects performed superbly in Perth at the Scottish Championships.

Patrick Murphy claimed a silver medal in the Under 16 all-around category and also reached four individual apparatus finals.

Tony Duchars, who represents Ireland on the international stage, lined up as a guest and hit the necessary score to be considered for selection for the European Championships at the end of May.

The 18 year-old, in his final year as a junior, recorded a personal best of 77.6 points.

Hall added: “I think Tony is looking good for European selection. Being Irish is a bit of an advantage as there is a little less competition for him.”

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