Woking’s boy’s squad showed great strength and depth as they travelled to Pegasus for the Regional Qualifier.
Lucas Henry was the youngest competitor of the day, the sole participant in the guest category, he completed his elite level one routines a year early and scored 68.000. This score would have been enough to make the elite level one team.
In the elite level 1 competition, the largest category of the day, Woking’s seven gymnasts performed some fantastic routines. Oliver Porter topped the rankings, with an impressive total of 72.250, he has qualified in first place for the national finals in November. Finishing in 5th place (66.900) Jamaal Kashim will also be part of the South East Elite level 1 team. Aidy Jarred (63.150) and Tristan Lamble (60.250) finished 7th & 11th respectively, both have qualified as part of the L1 Club grades team. Illian Taylor (56.550, 13th) and Leo Bontempo (53.950, 17th) were also competing in the elite level one competition.
Woking had three representatives in the elite level two competition. Santo Fuoco, Thomas O’Connor and Dylan O’Rourke were a class above the rest of the field, taking a clean sweep on the podium. It was Santo who took home the gold medal with a total of 73.125. Tom was second with 71.550, while the bronze medal went to Dylan (70.125).
Josh Porter and Toby Splain represented Woking in the elite level 3 competition. Both performed some stylish routines but suffered a couple of mistakes to finish in 3rd and 4th place. Josh scored 69.175 and Toby 67.250, both will hope to build on these performances when they compete at the national finals.
The club level four competition saw Woking’s trio of Charlie Rose, Christian Fuoco and Rudi Moriano battle for the top spot. Christian edged out the others to win gold (61.950), the silver medal went to Rudi (59.950). Charlie had a couple of costly mistakes but still occupied the 3rd place spot with a total of (58.650).
Jasper Smith-Gordon and Fraser Griffiths competed in their last ever grades qualifier. The standard was high in the level 6 elite competition. Fraser had a good competition and finished in 2nd with 67.600. Jasper, having only trained twice in the last two weeks, performed well but made errors. He placed 4th with a total of 58.900.
Overall it was a hugely successful day; fifteen of our gymnasts will go on to represent the South East at the national finals in Birmingham. In addition to the individual successes, gymnasts earned points for their club towards the President’s Cup. Results from the regional voluntary championships were also taken into consideration and subsequently Woking were awarded the trophy for most successful men’s artistic club in 2016.