The first major competition of the year took place over the weekend 2nd-3rd of March in Holland as the Dutch Open started off the Sports Aerobics competition calendar.

Heathrow sent a junior trio to the event together with several female individuals. Special permission was given for some of the juniors to compete as seniors so the Heathrow athletes could test their routines and skills against the more experienced seniors.

With the retirement of Heathrow’s senior trio a new junior trio has emerged and they look to become just as successful as their predecessors. Ria Cousins, Charlotte Murray and Katie Cannon all compete as individuals as well and have only been together as a trio since October last year. They are already British champions and won a bronze medal at last years Wobenzym Cup held in Berlin. In Holland they performed a good synchronised routine scoring 15.306. They took the silver medal behind the French trio and were ahead of two German trios that contain individuals who have competed at World level! This was a brilliant achievement for the girls especially considering the short amount of time they have been together.

Heathrow Trio

All three members of the trio competed as individuals in the senior female individual section along with fellow club members Joanna Griffin and Lauren Barton. There were 36 athletes in this section from around seven countries including other UK clubs. Katie Cannon came out top of the Heathrow girls scoring 15.200 for 13th place. Katie did make some mistakes and would have placed much higher had it not been for these. Joanna Griffin has been working hard since the British Championships last year and performed a good routine with no major errors to score 14.800 and take 15th place. Lauren Barton is only 15 but was given permission to compete in this senior category and did not disgrace herself. She had a nervous start but excelled through her routine to score 14.200 and take 21st place. Not bad considering the field contained the French national champion and several athletes who have competed at the last few world championships! Ria Cousins scored 13.350 for 32nd place with Charlotte Murray scoring 13.200 for 34th. Both girls were tired from their trio efforts but will be happy with the silver medal that they achieved there.

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