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Spitfires & F-35 Lightning winning 1st at JAMfest Europe 2011

Keen to build on last year's success at JAMfest Europe, six teams from the AV program headed to Liverpool on the 19th June to compete at the highly anticipated 2011 Europeans.

The first of the Aviator teams to perform were the Harrier Jump Jets in Youth level one. The talented athletes all under the age of 13 put on a brilliant show which wowed the supporters and judges alike who placed them in 6th place in a tough category.

Next up were the F-16 Falcons competing against the nation's best junior level 3 teams. The hard work that the girls (and boy!) have been putting in clearly showed with the level of stunting, tumbling and synchronicity displayed in their routine. Falcons were delighted with a well-deserved 1st place trophy in this category.

Next, making their UK debut in all-girl level 6 were AV's F-35 Lightning. Many of the team's athletes had competed with their own local teams already and despite last minute changes to the routine the day before, the girls put on a real show which was loved by the crowd. Despite not having anyone to compete against in this division, the team battled hard to fight for their stunts and were rewarded with the highest cheer score of the entire competition!

Following on in the Small Senior Level 2 were the Trinity and All Saints College Titans who entered with a much smaller team than at earlier competitions. Despite re-arranging the routine to account for students leaving the area at this time of year and exams, the team performed very well and managed to secure 8th place, higher than some more established all-star teams. Great job Titans!

Aviator's newest team, the Hurricanes, were next to take to the Jamfest floor in Large Senior level 2. Despite one of the athletes sustaining an injury during another routine, the team pulled together with the help of coach Tim who stepped in at the last minute to perform a high-scoring routine that pushed the boundaries of level 2. Not surprisingly, the team were very pleased to receive second place.

Finally it was the turn of AV's elite co-ed level 5 team, the Spitfires to take to the floor against undoubtedly one of the best and most established teams in the country. The routine was performed flawlessly until Nicki Sadler was unexpectedly knocked down after catching a basket toss. The team's performance was stopped whilst event staff checked Nikki was ok and had to re-perform their routine at the end of the competition. The team really did give it their all and put out a highly advanced and almost flawless routine. Spitfires were elated to be awarded first place, making history by being one of only a handful of teams to win in this prestigious division.

Congratulations to all the AV athletes who took part at JAMfest!

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