Cockhill and Touhey leaping ahead under UK tuition

Two of Cayman’s top gymnasts, Hilary Cockhill and Christopher Touhey, represented their school at the British Schools National Championships earlier this month.  

The pair, who have previously represented local club Motions Unlimited, are attending boarding schools in the UK.  

Touhey, 10, attends Port Regis school and is a member of their elite gymnastics team, training five times a week and competing most weekends.  

At the regional qualifiers, Touhey posted an impressive individual fourth place finish and his Port Regis Under-14 boys team tool the championship with first place, qualifying them for the nationals.  

At the British Schools National Finals in Stoke-on Trent, the Port Regis U-14 boys team finished fourth. Touhey will wrap up his season in July and return to Cayman to train at Motions for the summer. 

Cockhill, 14, was a student at Cayman Prep and a member of the Motions Unlimited gymnastics team until she transferred to Wycombe Abbey in England two years ago.  

At the qualifying regional finals and the Southern Regional Floor and Vault Championships, Wycombe Abbey placed first in the U-14 and the U-19 teams, comfortably qualifying for the national finals.  

National finals were hosted by Fenton Manor in London, four hours away, and took place on the weekend that fell in the middle of GCSEs and A level exams.  

Despite the added stress, Cockhill posted a spectacular result on vault with a 15.0 and Wycombe placed just out of the medals with an impressive team score of 118.45. 

Cockhill has been selected as a member of the 2013 Cayman National gymnastics team and will represent the Cayman Islands, alongside team mates Morgan and Jessica Lloyd, Bethany Dikau and Haley Willkom.  

This team will compete at the Nat West Island Games next month in Bermuda.  

They will also be competing locally at the Gymnastics Extravaganza at Motions Unlimited on Saturday 22 June. 

Hilary-Cockhill

Hilary Cockhill is excelling in gymnastics. – PHOTOS: SUBMITTED

Christopher-Touhey

Christopher Touhey did well.
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