A BRIT more success is being celebrated by Acrobay Gymnastics Club after three of their number were crowned national champions.

Rebecca Stewart, Ellie Horstmann and Scarlett Haldane were in sync to produce a victorious Mersey beat and claim glory at the 2019 British Gymnastics Championship series in Liverpool – the biggest and last competition on this year's British Gymnastics calendar.

They, along with Erin Bailey, Olivia Keir and Kayla Ballantyne, and Evie Gillies and Sophie Humphries, travelled to the city's M&S Bank Arena for the competition, held between July 25-28, and were one of two partnerships that placed on the podium.

The gymnasts, from the club's FIG (International) Team Competition, were joined by top-class competitors from across the country, who competed in four disciplines: aerobic, acrobatic, rhythmic and TeamGym.

The Rosyth club's three partnerships took part in the acrobatic gymnastics section of the competition, with current Scottish champions Rebecca, Ellie and Scarlett competing in the age 12-18 women's groups; Erin, Olivia and Kayla competing in the age 11-16 women's groups; and Eve and Sophie competing in the age 11-16 women's pairs.

Each gave impressive performances and, in the opening days of the competition, the partnerships were required to perform two qualifying routines consisting of acrobatic moves, dance and tumbling, carefully choreographed to music.

Those included balance, which demonstrates intricate balances, held for three seconds, showing elements of strength, flexibility and agility; and dynamic, showing flight elements such as somersaults, throws, pitches and catches, as well as dynamic tumbling elements.

The scores from each routine were combined and the top eight partnerships in each age group qualified for the finals, which each of the Acrobay partnerships achieved in style, performing beautiful and confident routines.

With Great Britain having achieved success at European and world level, with medals in all categories, the West Fifers were up against some of the globe's finest gymnasts and they produced more success and highlights on finals day.

In an extremely tough category, Eve and Sophie gave their all and finished in a highly-respectable fourth place, while Erin, Olivia and Kayla's beautiful routine scored highly with the judges to earn them the coveted bronze medal after a tense, and closely-fought, competition.

The final say, however, went to Rebecca, Ellie and Scarlett, who rose to the occasion superbly to produce a stunning final routine that saw off the competition to claim the gold medal and the title of British champions.

Acrobay's elated head coach, Suzanne Fraser, said: "I can't begin to say how proud I am of these girls; the whole club have been celebrating their success.

"Not only are they talented, hard-working gymnasts, they're also amazing girls who are a credit to the sport.

"It proves that hard work, determination and never giving up pays off!"