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Wick gymnasts put on a Willy Wonka spectacular at festival

By John Davidson

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Members of North Apex Gymnastics Club based in Wick with their awards at the Sapphire event in Paisley.
Members of North Apex Gymnastics Club based in Wick with their awards at the Sapphire event in Paisley.

Young gymnasts from Wick and the surrounding areas made a sparkling impression at the Sapphire Gymnastics Club’s birthday Gymfest earlier this month.

The display team from North Apex Gymnastics Club, which meets in Wick, travelled to Paisley for the two-day event, with the Saturday being a competition and Sunday being a display showcase. Twenty-eight clubs from all over the UK and Ireland attended and 732 gymnasts performed during the weekend’s festival.

The team of gymnasts – aged eight to 16 – from North Apex wowed the audience with their “Wonka” themed routine, which consisted of well executed tumbles, synchronised dance, and spectacular balances focusing on the story of Willy Wonka and the characters from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

With themed costumes and smiles throughout, the routine was complemented by spectators and other clubs throughout the weekend. The whole weekend was full of spectacular routines and mini competitions, with North Apex coach Amy Lowe winning the over 13 years tumbling competition.

The competition on Saturday concluded with an awards ceremony, with North Apex display team winning the award for the Friendliest Club. Described by the host club as their most prestigious award, Caithness coaches said it means so much to North Apex Gymnastics Club as the coaches, gymnasts and trustees strive to always be motivational and encouraging to everyone.

North Apex also took part in the Highland Competition on Sunday in Inverness, and are looking forward to the Scottish Floor and Vault Competition on November 26 in Perth.

In December, the club is holding its first ever In-house competition, allowing all members of the club to attend. The competition will allow gymnasts from age four to 16 to show off their floor routines and vaults to family and friends in a fun and friendly Christmas-themed competition.

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