Huntingdon Gymnasts on the Commonwealth Trail
Gymnasts from Huntingdon Gymnastics Club were in action in Scotland over the weekend, competing at the Celtic Cup and Commonwealth Games Invitational, held at the Bells Sports Complex in Perth.
In the Under 18 section Tony Duchars competed well over 6 apparatus to take bronze overall with a score of 72.65. Duchars, 16, and a pupil at Hinchingbrooke School, helped his Isle of Man team to third place as well as top scoring on Pommel Horse with an impressive tally of 13.75 marks. Club mate Benji Eyre also worked well in the same event, representing Wales and finishing 6th all around with 69.45. Both boys are aiming to gain selection for their Home Nations for the 2018 Games, to be held in Australia.
In the senior Commonwealth Invitational Luke Carson was in impressive form qualifying for finals on Parallel Bars and Pommel Horse. In Sundays' Final Carson held his nerve to take silver on Pommel Horse and Gold on Parallel Bars in a field that included Commonwealth Gymnasts from Malaysia, Singapore, India, Trinidad, and Cyprus. Carson, 23, now faces a few days wait for Northern Ireland selectors to announce any places for the Glasgow Games in the summer.
'I'm happy with my performance this weekend' commented Carson, 'and hope that the selectors will give me the opportunity to fight for finals in the Commonwealth Games this summer. I've been working hard on my routines and have now found some stability in performance, and still have time to up my skill level ready for the summer.'
Huntingdon Gymnastics Club hopes to have at least 3 gymnasts in Glasgow this summer, with Louis Smith aiming for England, Daniel Keatings going for Scotland and Luke Carson for Northern Ireland. Cameron Mackenzie, recently changing nationalities will also hope to be there as part of the South African squad, continuing the Club's long tradition of providing gymnasts for Commonwealth Games.