Dynamo School of Gymnastics travelled to Surrey Sports Park in Guildford to compete in the British Challenge Cup.

This is the biggest competition of the year for the club’s Espoir, Junior and Senior girls.

The event allows them to compete in a national event, gaining a National Challenge Ranking and also the opportunity to qualify as an elite gymnast for the British Championships.

First to compete were the Juniors, starting their competition on Floor.

Tayah Askham produced a pb all around score of 46.25. Not only did she finish eighth overall in a field of 66, she also qualified for next year’s British Championships.

Tayah finished on Beam, the most nerve wracking of events, and produced a clean routine to score 12.25 and fourth place on this apparatus.

First year Junior gymnast Sydney Letchford finished with an all around score of 40.90 for 46th position.

Isabelle Prinsep, also a first year Junior, was 49th (40.70) after producing a fantastic Floor and Vault.

Olivia Essex finished 55th (39.45), finishing with a confident Beam routine.

Ella Beattie-Edwards upped her skill level over previous competitions and finished 58th (38.05).

In the Senior event, Jessica Wells was 25th out of 34, finishing with an all around total of 39.30 with her best routines coming on Vault and Bars.

Danielle Barnes, returning from an Achilles injury, scored 9.15 on Bars.

In the Espoir category, Elise Blissett was 63rd (37.40). She had a costly fall on Bars, but came back strong with a pb on Beam (11.35) and Floor (11.30).

Lila North was 65th (35.9) in her first Challenge Cup.

Head of Women’s Artistic at Dynamo, Kerri Beaven, said: “We’re really proud of all the girls. They showcased fantastic routines and high level skills at their biggest competition.

“It’s great to see Tayah qualify for the British Championships and show many of our girls coming through that it’s achievable to reach the highest level.”