Gymnast sets a high bar with English title

A TAMESIDE-BASED gymnast is officially the best bar none after winning an English title.

Poppy Blair came top of more than 60 elite competitors in the bars discipline at the English Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

She followed that up with a fifth-placed finish on the floor, sixth on the beam and a fourth-placed overall ranking.

Poppy Blair

Poppy, 14, is no stranger to recognition after earning a place on the England Gymnastics squad last year and competing for her country in the Czech Republic.

And the pupil at Oldham’s Blue Coat School, who trains at Tameside School of Gymnastics at the Active Ken Ward Centre in Hattersley, showed what she can do at the Telford International Centre in Shropshire.

Poppy was also the national beam champion at elite grades aged 11.

She started gymnastics aged three, attending the recreation sessions at the Active Ken Ward centre in Hattersley, before moving to Hyde’s Tameside School of Gymnastics at six and is now coached by Cerys Allen, Mike Lea and Vikki Bamber.

The not-for-profit thriving club is also looking for sponsorship to enable them to enhance their provision and update the equipment for all its members.

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