The morning began with the club development competition, Woking’s trio of Christian Fuoco, Charlie Rose and Rudi Moriano competed in the level 3 category. Christian topped the standings with notably good scores on vault, parallel bars and high bar to take all-around title. Next was Rudi, who recovered well from an early mistake on the high bar to take the third place slot. Despite a few mistakes, Charlie still did very well to finish in fourth spot. All three boys have qualified to compete at the national finals where they will be hoping to build on these performances.
James Miller was Wokings sole representative in club development level 6. He went through his routines in business-like fashion to take home the bronze medal and earn himself a spot on the regional team.
The afternoon also saw the elite boys’ competition. In the level one category, Woking’s Thomas O’Connor, Santo Fuoco, Max Redding, Dylan O’Rourke and Harvey Northage all performed very well. It was a closely fought battle at the top with team captain Thomas just edging out Santo to win the gold medal, both boys can be encouraged by their scores of 72.8 and 72.05 respectively. Harvey and Dylan completed the clean sweep and finished in joint third position. Max scored 66.85 and qualified for the team in 5th place.
Only four boys competed in the level 2 competition but it was a strong field nonetheless; Josh Porter’s personal best score of 71.85 was only enough for second place. Josh has every reason to be pleased with this score and can look forward to being part of a very strong regional team for the national finals.
Laurence Butler competed in the level 3 category. The routines at this level are particularly tough and as such only three competitors were able to perform the routines. Laurence made an early mistake on the high bar but delivered good pommel and APP routines to earn him the bronze medal.
The elite level 5 competition saw Woking’s Jasper Smith Gordon and Fraser Griffiths take on a duo Pegasus boys who are part of GB’s elite performance squad, both boys looked to be of the same class as the Pegasus boys but a couple of mistakes on P-bars proved costly as Jasper and Fraser finished in 3rd and 4th place respectively. Both will go on to compete at the national finals where it is hoped they will again prove themselves to be amongst the top boys in the country.
Finally some of Woking’s youngest squad members competed as guests in the level one category. Not eligible to qualify for the national finals, and only competing for bragging rights, Oliver Porter ran away with the Gold medal. Oliver scored a hugely impressive 67.00, a whole 16 marks ahead of his closest competitor! Jamaal Kashim took home the silver, with Aidy Jarred in third. Teammates Illian Taylor (4th), Tristan Lamble (5th) and Leo Bontempo (6th) also competed and gained valuable experience in preparation for next year’s competition.
Overall it was a very successful day for the Woking gymnasts with 3 regional champions and 13 boys qualifying for November’s national finals. Well done to everyone that took part and thank you to the parents and coaches for their continued hard work and support!