AN ANDOVER gymnastics club which has passed from mother to daughter is celebrating after successfully competing in its first national competition.

Red Hot Gym Club in Andover was set up by Janet Lake 35 years ago, and is now run by her daughter, former GB squad gymnast Zoe Lake.

The club trains at Winton School, and last month some of its members competed in their very first meet.

The team travelled to Milton Keynes to take part in the IGA championships in April, and together scooped an amazing two gold, five silver and three bronze medals.

Zoe said: “It was amazing! I didn’t expect us to do as well as we did so it was quite a shock.”

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Janet explained that the team were competing against many much bigger clubs, adding: “It’s quite hard going up against girls who have really good facilities.

“It was very hard work but it definitely paid off and it shows that we got them to a good standard.”

She added that the day was extra special because her granddaughter, and Zoe’s niece, Talia Lake was one of the girls competing.

“I was in floods of tears when they were lining up to do the medal presentation - she was beaming!” said Janet.

Janet says that, though she has now retired, she still takes great joy in watching the club prosper under her daughter’s leadership.

“She is so good, not only with her gymnastics, but in the way she is with the children,” she said.

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