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Boys team enjoy medal success

Good form: Sangster performs on the parallel bars during the Tim Daggett National Invitational at the MassMutual Centre in Springfield, Massachusetts, over the weekend

A Bermuda team of four boys gymnasts produced strong performances at the annual Tim Daggett National Invitational in Springfield, Massachusetts, last weekend.

Despite being outnumbered by the other teams, Bermuda’s team of Ben Mello, Tristian Robinson and Dylan Sangster claimed gold in the level four, Division Two category.

Benjamin Mello also represented the island at the meet — which is named after the American gold medal-winning gymnast — in the level five competition.

Kevin Brewster, the team’s coach, said he was thrilled with the improvements the boys had made during the past 12 months.

“I was impressed by how well they were able to take all the little last-minute corrections in the warm-up and apply them,” said Brewster, a Bermuda Gymnastics Association senior coach.

“I was also impressed with their interaction with other teams and coaches throughout the competition and awards. It was a great confidence boost for them. Each of these boys showed huge improvements from last year’s scores and have the medals to prove it.”

Mello, competing in the nine to ten-year-old’s division, enjoyed a sixth-place finish in the pommel horse. In the level four competition, Hanwell claimed silver medals in the floor, pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars, all-around, as well as a bronze in the high bar to place second overall.

Sangster win a gold medal in the rings, silver in the vault and bronze in the all-around, while Robinson finished first overall, winning gold in the floor, pommel, vault; silver in the parallel bars and bronze in the high bar.