TWO young girls from the Europa Gym Club in Erith have been celebrating after qualifying for the

finals of a major championship.

Sophie Mahon and Lily Peck, both aged nine, achieved this great feat when qualifying for the

National Finals, which take place at the Guildford Spectrum next week, by finishing second and third at the London Regional Championships.

Three of the club's youngsters, Gemma Ellis and Sadie Gibbs

narrowly missed out, but Gemma will be a reserve for the London Regional team as she finished a commendable fifth, despite feeling a little off-colour on the day.

Coaches Stephen and Julie Lockwood commented on how pleased they were with the girls and how much they were looking forward to the finals at Guildford.

At Level 3 age group 10, Europa's only competitor Rachel Cox was unable to compete due to a broken toe.

At Level 2 age 11, Europa's Jenny Englehardt narrowly missed the finals coming fifth, but travels as reserve.

If you would like to join the Europa Gymnastic Club, call Len or Yvonne Arnold on 01322 439233.