Following changes to the format and rules, this was the biggest event in recent history with nearly 350 gymnasts from 6 different clubs competing across 30 categories. Team Woking were out in force, fielding 16 teams and boasting a fantastic return of 15 medals!
It was an early start for some of our Novice gymnasts, but they arrived ready for action. The under 9 mixed team of Amani Ali, Elias Savage, Noah Schollick and Isabelle Hughes top scored on both the floor and the vault to win the Gold medal. Also competing in this round; Sophie King, Holly Scanlon, Louisa Akohene and Gracie Clarke-Moss put in some great performances. However, there were ten teams in this category, and they would have to wait until later in the day to see if there score was good enough to earn a place on the podium. It was, their score of 42.8 beat all their competitors and they too were rewarded with a gold medal.
The gold rush continued into round 2. Our Novice Under 9 Boys team absolutely smashed it! Ben O’Connor, Jack Dadswell, Joshua Bruton and Archie Johnson claimed the gold medal with an impressive margin of 3.1. Not wanting to be outdone, the Under 9 Girls put in an equally impressive performance. In the largest category of the day, the three strong team of Tilly Swift, Amelia England and Katie Pye beat 14 rival teams to claim the top spot. Woking’s Intermediate U9 Girls were also top of the pile with Riley Morris, Samantha Good, Josephine Gordon and Carrie Price’s combined score of 46.5 enough to win the gold. Unfortunately an injury to team mate Charlotte meant Olivia Pearson and Cerys Griffiths-Jones were not able to make it onto the podium but their scores of 15.5 and 15.8 respectively, were enough for them to move up to the next level of competition. Finally the Intermediate U11 mixed team of Patrik Cockin, Leila Ricketts and Aria Gholkar were awarded the silver medal, missing out on gold by just two tenths!
Round 3 saw the introduction of our Advanced gymnasts. Lizzie Wright, Natalie Henry, Elissia Hughes and Isabel Fearn performed their floor routines with style and elegance to top the standings and take home the gold. In the Over 13 mixed category, Toby Webb, Luke Ingles and Jessica Weekes were not intimidated by the size and age of their competitors and delivered superb performances to win the silver medal. We had two teams going head to head in the Under 13 girls category. It was a closely fought encounter but the team of Emma Wright, Gemma Lambert and Issy Chaffe edged out Paige Wilson, Cathra Plant and Lottie Ruddle as Woking claimed the top two spots on the podium.
The Woking dominace continued into the final round of the day. Despite being the only competitors in their category, Sam Webb, Jake Webb and Toby Hodges-Long executed some excellent vaulting and some tidy floor routines to win the gold. The Over 13 Silver Boys competition was more of an exhibition, Thomas Clayton performed a wonderfully stylish floor routine and excellent vault to score 16.35, while Felix Rattray’s floor routine was bursting with virtuosity and included an exciting full twisting somersault. Our Over 13 Bronze Girls team of Megan Lenton, Trupti Rao, Issy Cox and Ellie Mae O’Shea posted some impressive scores and won silver, agonisingly missing out on gold by a tenth. Perhaps the most exhilarating competition of the day was the over 13 silver girls. Woking’s two teams both started on vault, at the halfway stage there was no separating the two of them as both scored 24.6. And so it would be on the floor routines upon which the medals would be decided. The younger team competed first, Heather Denham, Ellie Raby and Chelsea Foote duly delivered, combining complex tumbling and graceful choreography, all they could do now was wait. Sophie Padua, Mia Todd, Briony Williams and Tara McCarthy took their turns to perform their routines, each of them showing their experience as they competed with beauty and confidence. The girls appeared nervous as they waited for the results. In the end, only three tenths could separate the two teams with the older team of Sophie, Mia, Briony and Tara taking gold and Heather, Ellie and Chelsea beating the rest of the field to take the silver.
The team rankings throughout the day were combined to give each club a total, with the highest club being awarded the Malcolm Taylor Memorial Cup. Woking’s impressive return of 10 golds and 5 silvers ensured we received the highest total and topped off an excellent day by being awarded the trophy. I’d like to say a massive well done to all of the gymnasts and a big thank you to our incredible team of parents, coaches and volunteers, without whom this tremendous success would not be possible.
Full results below