A GYMNAST that coaches say sets an example for younger teammates to follow has extended a winning run in competition.

Alisha Evanson, representing Northwich-based Cheshire Gymnastics, was a decisive victor in her category at British Gymnastics' Trampoline and Tumbling National Development Plan Finals in Coventry.

The teenager, a champion at the English Silver Tumbling Championships in May, posted a score that was close to two marks higher than her closest rival from Spelthorne Gymnastics in the women's over 15s class.

"She performed so well again and has brought back gold medal from each of the past six events she has entered," said coach Mark Hudson.

"Alisha is also a young leader at the club and is a role model for all of the children there."

She can now take a next step on the pathway for women.

Amy Buckle travelled to the Ricoh Arena and topped the standings in a level five tumbling competition for girls aged 13 and above.

"They both reached targets set for them," said Hudson, a co-founder of the performance centre at Moss Farm.

"And together they deserve a reward for the hard work they put into improving.

"It will be a challenge to step up to a higher level, but they're capable of continuing their success."

A contingent from Cheshire Gymnastics in the West Midlands was completed by tumblers Emily Ebbage (level two women's 11-12) and Jasmine Evanson (level three women's 15 and over) who finished fourth and seventh respectively in their categories.

Mathieu Southern (level three men's 13 and above) was fifth in trampolining.