WOODLEY-BASED Bulmershe Gymnastics Club are celebrating after achieving their best results ever at the Men’s Artistic Southern Region Championships held in Portsmouth recently.

The squad now boasts two regional champions as Finlay Morgan secured the Under 14 title and Max Kendall the U12 title.

The boys competed across six apparatus, with Morgan winning rings and parallel bars, and claiming the all-round U14 title with a score of 68.2.

Kendall, meanwhile, collected individual apparatus golds for floor, pommel and rings, in addition to the U12 championship with a personal best score of 68.05.

Harry Eckersall performed consistently across the apparatus to secure the U12 all-round bronze, in addition to gaining silver medals in the vault and pommel competition.

Sam Jackman, the oldest member of the squad gained overall silver in the U18 with individual golds on the floor, rings and vault.

Head of Men’s Artistic at Bulmershe, Dave Gordon,said: “Morgan, Kendall, Eckersall and Jackman all competed in the British and English Championships earlier in the year, and ably demonstrate the increasing strength and depth in the Bulmershe squad.”

In the U14 event, James West was fifth overall, while Jack Staunton and Joshua Baldwin secured fourth and sixth place respectively in the U16 development competition, despite being the youngest in the age group. Staunton was delighted to win gold on the rings, while Baldwin claimed the floor title.

Bulmershe also fielded four upcoming boys in the U10 development section.

Benjamin Neville secured the all-round silver medal in this category, with an apparatus gold on rings, and while Oliver Crew, Bradley Hutton and Oliver Oke did not secure any medals this time, it was good experience for the young gymnasts to participate in this competitive event.

Joshua Thornton, Bulmershe’s youngest competitor secured a bronze in the vault, and came 10th overall in the U9 development event.

Senior coach Mat Budsworth was delighted at the results, commenting: “Bulmershe smashed it with two new regional champions, three more all-round medallists and more than 30 individual apparatus medals, making our fourth outing at the regional championships the most successful so far.”