MONARCHS Acrobatic Gymnastics Club, based in Highbridge took on the biggest challenge of all as they took part in the 2014 Acrobatic British Championships in Stoke-on-Trent last week.

Katie Hoskins and Ellie Petrie competed in the 11-16 age group category and Alice Dymond and Natasha Stockham, competed in the junior category.

The British Championships is where the gymnasts not only compete to be the best in Britain, but are also fighting to prove why they deserve to represent Great Britain in the World Championships later in the year.

Competition was fierce in the 11-16 category - Katie and Ellie performed a new beautifully choreographed balance routine, followed by their creative 'bouncy' tempo routine in the afternoon.

Both routines were executed with confidence gaining them high artistry and difficulty scores to put them into the finals on Sunday.

After competing against present World and European medallists, they gained eighth position overall.

Alice and Natasha competed in the high level juniors section, it was their second time competing at the British Competition, but their first time at junior level.

They performed courageous balances and an expressive tempo routine despite Alice recovering from a back problem, showing pure determination to complete both routines.

Their final challenge was the combined routine in the finals on Sunday, a combination of balances and tempo moves of which they executed well and gained Silver Medal overall.

The Championships were shown live on BGTV where the girls were supported by their family and friends at home.