Click hereOn Sunday 25th March, 24 of our floor & vault competitive gymnasts took part in the Surrey ABSG competition held at Weybourne Gymnastics Club. Our 9 Advanced girls began the competition in round one. For Tegan Fookes, Olivia Kraus, Lexi Freeman, Laura Kersley and Niamh Strange it was their first competition at advanced level and having to perform a floor routine to music. Their hard work showed as they performed their routines with confidence. Lexi went on to perform a controlled vault to place in 3rd position within her age category. Laura also performed a very powerful vault picking up the Gold medal just ahead of team mate Esme Finch. Amelia England showed off her floor routine and despite a small mistake placed in second position. Aria Gholkar performed a very graceful floor routine but had a small mistake on vault to finish her competition. The round was completed with Olivia Pearson who picked up a Gold medal after a very strong competition.
In the second round our gymnasts were a force to reckon with picking up a total of 13 individual medals between them. In the bronze level Laila Greene picked up a silver medal and Riley Morris, Tamara Venter and Leila Ricketts all placed first within their respective age groups. All of the girls showed polished and powerful floor routines. The Silver category was extremely tough competition Trupti Rao and Megan Lenton despite small mistakes on floor both gymnasts showed great improvements with their vaults. Ellie Raby and Jessica Weekes both showed off their newly choreographed floor routines to place in 3rd position. Isabelle Cox placed in second just behind Catherine Brant, both girls had very strong competitions and achieved the qualifying score to move into the highest level of competition, Gold. Also in the silver level Amy smith, Hannah Doran and Ella Davies had a very tight group, Hannah showed powerful tumbles to place third, Ella performed a strong vault and placed second and Amy showed a very graceful floor routine to finish in first position. Our male gymnasts also competed in the second round. Toby Spencer performed his new tumble within his floor routine and picked up a silver medal. Alex Fairhurst showed great class and confidence within the Silver level, He placed in first position and also qualified to move to the gold level competition.
Our teams were equally as successful, each team placed in the top 3. In total they gained one bronze, three silver and 3 gold positions each within their respective categories. All of our gymnasts showed maturity and great sportsmanship, congratulations to everyone.
Between Thursday the 8th and Sunday 11th March the 2018 British Championships took place in the Echo Arena, Liverpool. Woking Gymnastics Club had 11 boys competing over 5 different age groups.
The Under 12 age category got proceedings under way with Woking’s Thomas O’Connor, Santo Fuoco, Alex Donchev, Oliver Porter and Jamaal Kashim all competing in their first Podium British Championships at the Echo Arena. Thomas performed 6 very clean routines finishing an impressive 13th scoring 67.250. Santo Fuoco had a very good competition finishing 14th scoring 66.700, Santo also qualified for the Vault Final. Alex Donchev finished 16th scoring 66.400 and qualified for the Floor Final. Oliver Porter unfortunately didn’t have his best competition and finished 30th scoring 63.00. Jamaal Kashim overcame a nervous start and finished 43rd scoring 60.500.
The next age group to compete were the Under 18s and Jamie Lewis and Lorenzo Carrozzo were competing for Woking. Jamie was looking to win his 5th consecutive British title but unfortunately things didn’t go his way! Jamie had a poor start falling on floor and performing a bad pommel routine. With an unorthodox fall on Parallel bars his British dream was over, Jamie finished 4th scoring 77.150 and won Gold on Pommels and Rings. He also qualified for the Rings Masters Final. Lorenzo Carrozzo competed well, with some nervous moments throughout finishing 10th scoring 72.00 and collecting the Bronze on Pommels.
Friday saw the Under 14 age group take centre stage and Woking’s Joshua Porter was competing. Josh performed 6 clean routines finishing 13th scoring 67.900 and qualified for the High Bar Final.
Saturday morning was the Under 16 age category. Woking’s Jasper Smith-Gordon and Fraser Griffiths were competing, in what was a very close competition, where 4 gymnasts were tied for 2nd place going into the last apparatus. Woking’s Jasper held his nerve to secure the impressive Bronze medal in the all-around scoring 73.400. Fraser performed 5 amazing routines and was in contention for a medal but unfortunately fell twice on his last apparatus to finish 5th scoring 71.650. Fraser also gained a Bronze medal for a lovely Rings routine.
Saturday afternoon saw the senior age group compete. With the likes of Max Whitlock and Nile Wilson competing it was an amazing spectacle of gymnastics. Woking’s Timothy McCarthy was competing in his first Senior British Championships. Tim held his nerves and performed some lovely clean routines to finish 16th scoring 70.700.
Sunday was Finals day with the Under 12, Under 14 and Masters Finals all taking place on the last day of competition at the 2018 British Championships. Woking had Alex Donchev competing in the Under 12 Floor Final, Alex executed his routine superbly only losing 0.35 in deductions! Alex secured the Silver medal at his first British Championships scoring 12.95……Well done! In the Vault Final Santo Fuoco performed his new Straight Kasamatsu and narrowly missed out on a medal finishing 4th scoring 12.650. Joshua Porter qualified for the High Bar Final and performed his routine with a confident style to gain an impressive Bronze medal, scoring 11.500. Jamie Lewis competed in the Rings Masters Final, his routine was very clean and he missed out on a Bronze medal by less than 0.1 to finish 5th scoring 13.825.
Well done to all Woking’s gymnasts and coaches.
Woking girls’ squad kicked off their competition season on the weekend of 2md, 3rd and 4th of March at the “Miss Quatro” cup held at East London Gymnastics. This competition is one of the finest in the country and is designed as a prep competition so girls can try out their set routines.
Woking GC fielded five girls split in to three age groups, all of them competing on the Friday. In Round 1 our birthday girl Maggie Rees competed with confidence and poise and finished 4th overall in Compulsory 5 as well as coming 2nd on Bars and Floor.
Even the stormy weather could not stop Farah Rothwell storming through Compulsory 3 to finish in a very respectable 2nd place overall in a mighty competition with a score of 60.983 as well as posting the highest score of the day – 13.500 on Vault. A couple of uncharacteristic mistakes from her team mates Madison Childress and Stacey Mapara prevented the girls from progressing up the rankings, but they managed to show some great work across the pieces.
Later on in Round 2 Annabella Higgins wowed the judges in Compulsory 4 with some beautiful work, especially on Beam, where she scored the mind blowing score of 13.00 points. Pure class, poise and maturity throughout and a very well deserved 4th place Over All with a total of 60.350 points.
A massive well done to all the girls and their coaches.