Britain's Sports Aerobics athletes gathered in Wales at the start of the month of September for the Welsh Open/Closed Championships. This competition is the second competition of the season in Britain and provides the athletes with a final opportunity to perfect and try out their routines for the British Championships later in October. Heathrow sent 21 athletes to the competition and here is how they did.

In the U10 Female individual section, Jenna Nola performed in her first Sports Aerobics competition and did very well coming away with the gold medal! Jenna scored 14.50 winning the title by just over half a mark from the second placed athlete.

In the Under 12 female individual section, Michelle Faircloth came away with the top prize of the gold medal. She scored 14.65 a big improvement on her bronze medal at the recent Alex Strachan Cup. Rachel Murphy who took gold at the Alex Strachan Cup placed 4th here with 14.30 only .35 behind Michelle. The British Championships promises to be a very exciting and close fought competition in this age group Also in this group were Kirsty Banfield who was 6th scoring 13.00 Kerry Dixon 8th with 12.65 and Rosie Webster 9th with 11.95.

The Under 12 Male individual section was won by Joseph Denton with a score of 11.80. Joseph will be looking to retain his British title from last year when he goes to Birmingham next month.

In the U14 section Sarah Yusufu performed another superb routine winning the gold medal by half a mark with 16.30. Chelsey Dixon and Christine Adams took 4th and 5th place scoring 15.55 and 15.25 respectively. This age group is one of the largest with 17 athletes taking part and is a tough and talented group to be competing in. Meghan Davies scored 14.50 to take 9th place with new comers Sarah Muggeridge and Jacqui Banforth taking 14th and 16th place with scores of 12.85 and 12.50.

In the U16 female individual section Lauren Barton stormed away with the title scoring a massive 18.05 2.55 higher than the Silver medalist! Alison Thatcher competed for the first time and scored a commendable 12.20 to take 8th place.

In Fig 17 years full code category we saw Joanna Griffin just pushed into 2nd place with her difficulty packed routine. Her score of 15.03 was an improvement from the 13.25 that she scored at the Alex Strachen Cup but she will have to work hard if she wants to take the British Title next month.

Lastly in the U18 female individual competition there were some new faces and plenty of emerging talent. Katie Cannon (17.80) and Ria Cousins(16.45) both fresh from artistic gymnastics performed in their first competitions to take 1st and 2nd place. Charlotte Murray the 2000 U16 British Champion made it a clean sweep for Heathrow taking the bronze medal with 16.45. Charlotte's overall score was the same as Ria's but in the event of a tie the athlete with the highest artistic score wins and Ria had 6.70 to Charlottes 6.40. Laura Hayter took 6th place in this category scoring 14.60.

2001 Club Championships
This year sees a new club championships event where each club gains points for athlete's successes in each domestic competition. After the Alex Strachan and Welsh Championships Heathrow are currently lying 1st overall in the UK 2001 Club Championships with 121 points and in third place overall (this includes NAC and FIG categories). This is a very good achievement considering we do not have any athletes competing at NAC level and the clubs ahead of us have athletes in both categories therefore giving them extra opportunity to gain points.

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