National championships triumph in Pamplona for budding gymnasts from Javea (Alicante)

YOUNG WINNERS: Club Deportivo Montgo Xabia gymnasts with their haul of medals Photo credit: Elena Buigues

ARTISTIC gymnasts from Club Deportivo Montgo Xabia competed in Spain’s national  championships in Pamplona between July 20-24 at Base and Via Olimpica levels.

Demonstrating their amazing talent, there were gold medals for Eloy Jong (floor) and Javi Soler (bars, rings and pommel horse). Both boys are nine years old.

Javi, already the Valencian Community champion, is now Spanish national champion in his category.

There was also Silver for Eloy Jong (vault), eight-year-old Hugo Martin (rings, bar and pommel horse) and nine-year-old Joan Buigues (pommel horse). Javi Soler also took a Bronze medal (floor and vault).

The boys are trained by Marcos Martinez Ramallo, one of the only international judges from Spain.

Felix Gil, Joan Rojas, David Huerta, Jordi Mata all did well in their categories, said Jayne Kavanagh, who is a Club Deportivo Montgo Xabia committee member.

“Adrian Larrosa competed at maximum Via Olimpica Level Seven category, finishing ninth overall, which was amazing at only 14,” Jayne said. 

Laia Ivars competed at Via Olimpica Level One for the first time in the female category and was placed fifth in floor and 31st overall at only seven years of age.  The club’s first female gymnast to  compete at Via Olimpica level, Laia is trained by Camilo Caceres from Argentina.

“Year-on-year our club returns home with national artistic gymnasts in Spain’s Top 10,” Jayne said.  “We are a small club with a big name and even bigger talent!”

Aspiring gymnasts or children looking for a fun, sporty activity should contact administrator Elena ( for a free trial session. 



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