1998 British Championships
At the 1998 British championships in Farnborough, Heathrow Sports Aerobics entered a 19 strong team covering all categories and age groups. There were over 200 competing athletes at the championships. Heathrow Sports Aerobics maintained their strength and reputation in all these categories winning no less than 5 British titles, 7 gold medals, 5 silvers and 3 bronzes. Many of the athletes were competing in their first ever Sports Aerobics Competition.
National Aerobic Code: This is an amended code used by the younger athletes. Here Rachel Murphy gained Silver with Chelsea Dixon in Bronze medal position and Melissa Flaherty just missing out on the medals in fourth place. Rachel who was competing for the first time, was only just old enough to compete having celebrated her 8th birthday the day before the competition.
Level 5: In the u12 competition Phillipa Couch was Heathrow's first British Champion of the competition coming away with the Gold medal. She was closely followed by Lauren Barton with the Silver medal and Sarah Yusufu in a creditable fifth place.
Level 4: In the u14 category Charlotte Murray, another athlete in her first competition, achieved second position and the Silver medal.
Level 3: Again a double medal take for the club in this u16's event. Selina John took Silver and Natalie Mansford the Bronze in a close competition. Joanne griffin also performed well to take fifth place.
Level 2: Here Kerry Scotts was defending the title she gained last year and she put on a sparkling performance to regain her crown and pick up Heathrow's second British title of the day. Leanne Gibson who only recently joined the club, lifted the Bronze medal with Samantha Reitvald coming fifth.
Level 1: Here Heathrow's sole male representative Michael Burkett put in a spirited performance to become the club's third British Champion of the competition.
FIG code: In this top level category former Russian 3 times world gymnastics floor Champion Natalia Ilienko-Jarvis was back to defend the title she won last year. She successfully retained her title of Female Individual British Champion. In Silver medal position was Joanne Stevens, competing for the first time as a solo performer since splitting from her previous trio. Heathrow's newly formed trio of Zita Lusack, Sarah Needham and Nina Lodge stole the show with the last performance of the day. The final Gold medal and British title going to them.
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