The long weekend of competition started Friday lunchtime with the Club level 3 competition. In this category Woking had three representatives in the South East team. Rudi Moriano performed well on pommels, vault and parallel bars but counted a costly error on the high bar to finish in 35th with an all-around total of 58.620. Christian Fuoco was close to perfection on the vault with an impressive 9.9 and finished the day with a total of 61.45, enough to place him in 21st place. This highest scorer of the south east team was Charlie Rose, with only a couple of small errors all day, Charlie has every reason to be pleased with his performance and his score of 61.95 (17th). In a tough age category their team finished in 7th place. The final round of the day saw the start of the Club level 6 competition. In this James miller was the sole Woking representative, his score of 59.92 was enough for 10th place and helped the South East to secure the gold medal in the team competition.
With Saturday came the start of the Elite competitions. In elite level 3, Laurence Butler managed to go through all his routines without any falls; a standout score of 9.30 on pommels being particularly noteworthy. He finished in 21st with a score of 65.1. Competition in Elite level 5 was tough. Woking’s Fraser Griffiths suffered a couple of falls but looked very good considering he didn’t even make the club grades team just two years ago, he can be proud of his 9th place finish as he hopes to build on this in years to come. Jasper Smith-Gordon was also competing in the elite level 5 competition, he fought well to prevent falls on pommels and rings, recovering well to deliver a number of good routines. His 9.65 on PPP was the highest score of the day, and he finished his competition in 4th place, helping his team to take home the gold medal.
The final day of competition was very well attended, with over 100 gymnasts taking part in just two age categories. Woking’s Josh Porter took part in the Elite level 2 competition. Despite 5 good routines, his competition was affected by low scores on Rings, P-bars and PPP. He finished the competition in 23rd position with a score of 69.3.
Sunday was also the day that the elite level 1 gymnasts competed. This was the first national competition for this age group and the five boys from Woking were excited to be there. The six man team competed exceptionally, with only one fall over forty eight routines, enough to take home the silver medal. However the highlight of the day was talking to Nile Wilson recently returned from an historic World Championships, while on a rest round.
Max Redding scored 65.45 for 43rd place, with Dylan O’Rourke on 69.45 for 23rd. Thomas O’Connor put a difficult few weeks behind him for 71.55 and 10th place. Santo Fuoco equalled his brothers 9.9 on vault for a total of 73.00 and 9th place. Top scorer for the South East was Woking’s Harvey Northage, who managed to put all his hard work into practise for a score of 73.15 and a fantastic 8th place.
Well done all gymnasts and coaches.