1998 Dutch Open Championships

Natalia Ilienko-Jarvis Wins First Ever International Sports Aerobics Gold Medal For Great Britain.
The Dutch Open Championship was held in Holland on Sunday 26th January. Heathrow's Trio Sarah Hamm, Joanne Stevens & Victoria Ford also won the Silver medal.

Following their stunning success at the British championships held at Heathrow Gymnastics Club, the team of Natalia llienko-Jarvis, Sarah Hamm, Joanne Stevens, and Victoria Ford were selected to represent Great Britain at the Dutch open championships. For the girls this was the first intentional competition abroad and gave them a chance to demonstrate their routines on an international stage. The leading nations around the world are Brazil, Holland, Germany, Australia, America, & Eastern Europe. Most had representatives at this years international competition.

The Female individual event produced a very close competition but final honour went to Feltham's Natalia llienko - Jarvis wining the first ever international Gold Medal for Great Britain. Heathrow's Trio Sarah Hamm, Joanne Stevens, & Victoria Ford, produced their best routine to fight off opposition from 7 other countries, taking the silver just a fraction behind the Dutch team. Female individuals Nina Lodge from Ashford & Kerry Scotts from Bedfont thrilled the crowed with their routines and achieved excellent results. Gary Jarvis (Heathrow's Sports Aerobics coach) who accompanied the girls said he was delighted with the teams achievements. The experience gained from this championship will help the team prepare towards the world Championships in Italy this May. He went on to say that as a probable Olympic event these girls have Olympic dreams in their eyes for the future.

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