HEATHROW GIVE BRITAIN A GREAT RESULT!

Over the weekend of Friday 22nd June – Sunday 24th June 2001 Heathrow sent a team of athletes to represent Great Britain in the French Open in St Nazaire. This is the third year in a row that Heathrow athletes took part in this international event, which attracts all the best Sports Aerobics athletes in Europe.

Charlotte Walcott and Lauren Barton took part in the Cadet section. For this section the girls had to modify their regular routines and put in compulsory moves as well as voluntary ones Charlotte is current u14 British champion and together with Lauren they are current British u14 pair’s champions. This was the first time they had competed in an international event and they both performed with confidence and flair. Charlotte scored an amazing 16.280 to take the gold medal. The judges were so impressed with her routine that they asked her to perform it as a demonstration during the senior finals in the afternoon. Lauren also performed a faultless routine to score 15.550 and take 5th place. There were over 20 competitors in this category from different European countries so this is an amazing result from Charlotte and Lauren in their first international appearance.

Joanna Griffin competed in the junior event as a female individual. She came third in the u18 category in the 2000 British Sports Aerobics Championships. This was a very tough group of 21 competitors and Joanna performed last of the group. She performed a lively routine scoring 13.650 and came 13th. All the competitors between 5th and 13th place were within around half a mark of each other so Joanna’s score was very good. She was up against some very good athletes from all over Europe including Russia, France and Germany.

The two-time Senior British Champions trio of Sarah Needham, Kelly Snape and Anoushka Mistry were looking to get into the finals again this year as they did last year when they placed 4th in this competition. This time they achieved that and more. In the qualifying round they performed an energetic routine with no errors to score 14.914 Here their difficulty score almost equalled that of the top French trio who have been in several world championship finals and won many medals at international level. The girls qualified for the finals in 5th place. The next day they took to the floor in the finals and increased their score – and their ranking on the qualifying round. They scored 15.041 taking the bronze medal behind the French and Spanish trio’s - their first international medal!

Well done to all the athletes for these phenomenal successes and congratulations to there coaches Gary Jarvis, Natalia-Ilienko Jarvis and Joanne Stevens Heathrow would also like to thank Chameleon Medical Communications for their sponsorship of the team’s tracksuits.

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