AFTER a difficult disrupted period with Covid-19, Warrington Gymnastics Club aces have excelled at all levels across the first rounds of competitions.

Long-standing homegrown product Jess Adamson delivered the performance of her career in the National FIG Challenge Qualifier in Stoke, returning to the scene stronger and with a steely determination.

With her combined scores she finished top of the podium, allowing her to enter the senior British Championships at Guildford next month.

Adamson scored a 11.55 to top the bars leader board throughout the competition.

She held her nerve when moving to beam where her new routine scored her highest with 11.3.

On the floor she showed off another new routine with poise and confidence, then Adamson placed third on the vault.

To top the week off Adamson has been selected to compete in her first international, representing England in the Northern European Gymnastics Championships.

Opening up the regional competition season Phoebe McCluskey, Katherine Smithson and Mollie Mathews competed in the National 5 Grades competition.

McCluskey was second overall after securing gold on floor, silver on beam and range and conditioning, while also sharing first place on bars with Smithson, who took bronze on beam en route to fourth overall. Mathews narrowly missed out on medals on beam and floor and was placed eighth overall.

In the National 4 competition Jasmine Manser took gold on bars and was third overall. Beth Jones secured gold on floor and was sixth overall.

National Grade 3 saw Warrington gymnasts placed first, second and third overall. With a collection of apparatus medals Edie Coyle, Emma Conroy and Brogan Dakin took the top spots.

Coyle earned gold on bars, silver on floor and bronze on vault and beam. Conroy took home gold on floor and bronze on bars. Brogan produced a gold medal vault, also collecting sliver on bars and bronze on floor.

Iris Bray produced a stand-out beam routine and earned the gold, placing seventh overall.

Meanwhile, Charlie Berry has earned the right to compete at British Championships in the future.

She has been crowned Compulsory 2 Regional Champion.

This follows securing gold on bars and beam as well as bronze on floor after a return to competitions that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Twelve-year-old Berry backed that up the following weekend with a stellar performance in the National Compulsory 2 Qualifier Competition which at Fenton Manor in Stoke.

Berry’s solid performance saw her place 23rd overall from 142 gymnasts.

With scores of 12.55 on vault and 12.2 on bars she was able to use the other pieces to exceed the qualifying score of 54.5 with an overall score of 57.7.

A trip to Manchester for the newly introduced Classic Challenge Bronze Level saw Emma Conroy place first, Mia Hampton second and Brogan Dakin fourth overall.

Conroy collected gold on floor and vault, with silver on beam and bronze on bars. Hampton sealed gold on beam, silver on floor and bronze on vault. Dakin pocketed silver on vault and bronze on beam and floor.

In the senior section, Zoe Morton earned silver on beam, Kiera Woods bagged gold on bars and was fifth overall, while Ellie Schwarze received gold on floor and beam and was placed fourth. Daisy Clayton took bronze on bars and floor and was third overall.

These results have ensured a place on the North West Regional Team for Conroy, Hampton, Clayton and Schwarze to compete in Guildford in the coming weeks, with Woods the travelling reserve.

In the Classic Silver section, Warrington’s Olivia Marsh won gold on beam, vault and floor along with silver on bars to secure the overall first place.

FIG junior competitor Evelyn Kilikita returned to competition, securing gold on beam and bronze on floor. Senior teammate Lauren Jones showcased bars and beam, taking gold on each piece.