It was an early start for Annabelle Pickering and Sophie Padua who featured in the first round of competition. The day got off to a good start with both girls overcoming any pre-competition nerves, to perform well in their bar routines. Next stop was the floor, the girls showed their experience on this apparatus, performing their routines with style and elegance. They both scored well, missing out on a bronze medal by only a couple of tenths. On vault, Annabelle and Sophie both competed good handstand flatbacks. The final challenge was the beam. Sophie performed a clean routine to earn a score of 6.30. Annabelle recovered well from a mishap on her mount and, to the delight of her coach, successfully performed her backward walkover before sticking her front somersault dismount to take home the bronze medal. The coaches were very proud of Sophie and Annabelle scoring 31.75 and 30.65 respectively.
Sierra Payne was Woking’s only representative in the 2nd round. Her competition got off to a fantastic start with a confident performance on the floor scoring an impressive 8.60 in a performance deemed worthy of the silver medal. Sierra then performed a lovely handstand flatback vault, missing out on a bronze medal by only 0.05. She went on to go clean on beam but unfortunately fell during her bars routine, finishing the competition in a very respectable 8th place.
Representing Woking gymnastics club in the final round was Heather Denham. Her competition started on the bars, where despite a slight hesitation on her three-quarter giant, she managed to stay on and complete her routine. On floor, Heather overcame her fears and successfully performed her round off flick tuck back on the non-sprung floor in a routine that earned her a silver medal. She demonstrated a good handspring vault with only a small step on landing to again win the silver medal. The competition ended on beam. Heather showed amazing maturity and bravery to get back up on the beam and finish her routine after a nasty fall. In reward of her efforts, Heather finished the day with an impressive haul of 2 bronze and 2 silver medals.
Girl’s squad gymnasts Abigail English and Amia Topp also competed in the final round, finishing in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Special mention has to go to Devon Elliott who worked tirelessly throughout the Easter Holidays to ensure the girls were ready for the competition. She will be greatly missed when she goes to university in September.
All of the girls performed very well and were superb ambassadors for Woking Gymnastics Club. The coaches are very proud, and look forward to next year when hopefully more of our recreational gymnasts will be able to take on the challenge of a four piece competition.