The pinnacle competition for young gymnasts is to reach a National event where gymnasts come from all across the United Kingdom. Sapphire gymnasts Phoebe Peacock, Amy Price, Phoebe Boyton and Sasha Cherry managed to achieve this after qualifying through the regional qualifiers to be part of the East of England Squad. With the event being held up at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex, in front of a packed audience, this was the first time some of these girls would perform under these pressures!
Part of the National 4 team, Phoebe Peacock managed to score a ridiculous 13.8 out of 14 in her range and conditioning exercise. This score was not beaten by any gymnasts over the whole weekend, as well as being the joint highest range and conditioning score ever at the finals. The team managed to produce strong performances all around to take the team Silver, which was ahead of the national teams of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Amy Price was the travelling reserve for the National 3 team who also took the team silver. Amy had to step in last minute for another Sapphire gymnast, Lilianne Jervis Allen, who unfortunately injured her foot in the lead up to the competition.
Sasha Cherry and Phoebe Boyton were part of the National 2 team, who also took the team silver too! Meaning all Sapphire gymnasts who were at the finals came away with a deserved silver medal.