The 5 boys hit some truly amazing routines, but with a few mistakes, they were outside the medals on this occasion.
Santo Fuoco & Tom O’Connor renewed their fierce rivalry, with Santo coming out on top with 69.533 for 8th position. Tom was 0.8 behind with 68.70 for 10th place. Dylan O’Rourke placed 15th with 66.556, Harvey Northage was 21st with 64.773 & Max Redding was 27th with 63.287.
The second round of the day saw our youngest competitors enter the floor, Oliver Porter, Lucas Henry, Jamaal Kashim and Aidy Jarred competed in the elite level 1 under 8 competition.
Oliver competed some very strong gymnastics over all apparatus and showed his class finishing 5th in a very strong competition with a score of 64.350. Lucas Henry competed very well, being one of the youngest in the competition he finished a very respectable 12th with a score of 61.517. Jamaal and Aidy showed moments of class but with some mistakes thrown into the mix, the competition between the two was very close Jamaal finished 21st with 54.257 and Aidy finishing 22nd scoring 54.123. The boys did themselves proud being so young and holding their own in a big arena.
Josh Porter took part in the elite level 2 competition. In a very tough age category, Josh scored an impressive 72.762 putting him in seventh place. He was 4th on pommels and High bar and 6th on P-bars and APP. There is still room for improvement and with some fine tuning it is hoped that Josh will go onto finish even higher at the national finals.
The day finished with Laurence Butler in the Elite Level 3 category. His competition didn’t get off to the best of starts with a fall from the Parallel bars and a scruffy high bar routine. There were further mistakes on floor and pommels but Laurence did well to pick himself up and deliver good routines on rings, vault and APP to finish in 19th place with 63.9.
On Saturday 26th September the Men’s London Open Championship took place at the Redbridge Sports Centre in Barkingside.
It was a long day with the first round starting at 08.00. Woking’s Jasper Smith-Gordon, Fraser Griffiths and James Miller were competing in the Clayton Bolt Shield. With 37 competitors Woking’s young gymnasts performed very well. Jasper finished in 13th position scoring 69.10, Fraser finished in 14th scoring 68.45 and James finished 18th scoring 66.20.
The next round saw the turn of the Under 18 age category competing for the Loveday Trophy. Woking’s Jamie Lewis and Timothy McCarthy were competing in a very strong field of 54 gymnasts. Jamie performed brilliantly with a maturity and style no gymnast could match. Jamie finished in first place scoring an impressive 83.70 nearly 3 marks ahead of 2nd place Joshua Nathan from Birmingham. Jamie was also crowned Floor, Pommel and Rings champion. Timothy performed a number of new skills but unfortunately had a nightmare on Floor and a silly mistake on Rings cost him a better final position. Tim finished in 35th scoring 65.90.
The final round of the day was the seniors competing for the Westminster Cup. Miki Chu was competing for Woking on Pommels and Rings. Miki is balancing his studies and training and performed very well. Miki scored 13.1 on Pommels and 11.95 on Rings.
Sunday the 27th saw 3 more of Woking’s youngest competitors compete in the club level 1 under 8 competition. Illian Taylor, Leo Bontempo and Tristan Lamble took to the stage. Illian showed nice neat gymnastics throughout scoring 46.350 and finishing 21st, Leo and Tristan had some nice moments but with a few mistakes for both boys they finished 34th and 36th respectively Leo scored 42.550 and Tristan scored 42.250.
The final round of a long weekend saw the club development boys compete. In the level 3 age group Woking’s Christian Fuoco, Charlie Rose and Rudi Moriano arrived in high confidence from last week’s regional competition. Rudi made a couple of costly errors on floor and bar to tarnish an otherwise excellent competiton, scoring 51.05 and finishing 29th. Charlie and Christian both delivered some of the best routines they were capable of and were on exactly the same score after 5 rotations. Christians superior high bar routine meant he finished in 9th place, 6 tenths ahead of Charlie in 11th. Both boy averaged over 9 marks per apparatus and registered a near perfect 9.95 on the vault.