First up on Friday were Jennifer O’Grady and Charlie Lloyd competing in Compulsory Level 3 at Miss Alpha Factor. A bit shaky start on Bars from both and followed by a steady Beam routine by Charlie, good floor routines and a classy R&C from Charlie Lloyd. Vault to finish and … well deserved 3rd place for Charlie Lloyd with total of 53.65.
This was followed by the Barbie Team Competition where some of the best girls in Britain were using this event as a warm up for the forthcoming English and British Championship. Amber Stevens was part of the All That Jazz team formed with the Sapphire’s girls. Despite her injury she did all four events and helped the team coming 5th with total of 174.150 in a very strong line-up.
A lot closer to home at Guilford Spectrum some of Woking GC girls competed in the Regional Grades against no less than 16 clubs across the South East.
On Saturday we saw Ella Davies and Tamara Venter compete in Grade 5 rather confidently. Ella produced five clean routines to finish in a very creditable 4th place just missing the bronze by less than 0.1 scoring Over All of 60.800 and passing her Grade with distinction joining by her team mate Tamara who despite a small mistake on Bars passed her Grade with distinction as well.
Also on Saturday Yasmin Denham stormed through Grade 2, where her hard work and maturity showed and was soon the talk of the competition floor. She was rewarded with the highest Vault, Beam, Floor and R&C scores and was crowned Grade 2 Champion in the 2001+ age group winning by over 3.00 whole marks and gaining a distinction.
That was not all. It was a bright and early start for Isabel Kidd on Sunday morning in National Grade 2 at Pipers Vale Gymnastics Centre, Ipswich. A powerful vault to start followed by a great bar routine topping up the score board with 12.650 steady beam and expressive floor routine. All this topped up with very good R&C and another medal for Woking GC. Silver with over all of whopping 62.800.
Amy Smith was the last representative for Woking GC at Miss Alpha Factor 2015. Not the easiest draw with Beam as a first piece but followed by a solid performance throughout the whole competition and overall score of 52.850 and winning gold card award for her R&C.
At Guilford Spectrum first up were Sierra Payne, Molly Harper and Isobel Metcalfe in Grade 3 competition against girls, all performed with great poise and precision.
In 2003 age group Sierra performed the highest scoring Vault and Molly matching this on R&C, which along with their other scores secured 4th place and distinction for Sierra with total of 58.050 and 5th place and a commendation for Molly.
Isabel was competing in the same Grade but in 2002+ age category. After small error on Bars she picked up well and produced highest scores on Beam and R&C, which combined with her other scores gave her total of 60.200 and the SE Regional Grade 3 title.
Last but not least was Woking’s youngest competitor Isla Kelly aged 7 taking on some of the best gymnasts in Compulsory 5. This was her second experience in a big comp and she showed great maturity for her age. After a rocky start Isla pulled it back to produce a lovely Beam routine and showed her cheeky personality on floor to finish in 9th place passing her Grade.
Very well done to all the girls and their coaches.