Our intermediate floor and vault competitive gymnasts took part in the South East regional competition held on Sunday 15th July at Guildford Spectrum. 14 gymnasts took part in the regional event and they all showed some fantastic routines.
In round one Josephine Clark, Gracie Beight, Jamie Simons and Amelie Power all showed very clean floor routines in the 2011-2010 age group. Amelie and Jamie both received joint 3rd position, Gracie wasn’t far behind in 5th and to finish the group Josephine finished in 7th. In the 2009 age group Tallulah Gurney showed lots of improvement on the vault to finish in 8th position. To finish the round Elwyn Dury competed in the 2007 age group, after a great routine on floor placed in 1st to become regional champion.
Round two saw Jacob Gurden pick up the gold medal in the 2004 age group becoming regional champion, slightly behind was Ben Gurden who placed 2nd just 0.1 behind. Holly Scanlon showed confidence throughout the competition to place 11th in the very large 2006 age category. After a small wobble on vault Ethan Laurent performed a fantastic floor routine to finish in 3rd place within the 2009-2010 age group. Finally our boys competing in the 2008-2009 age group had a brilliant competition, John Burthom placed 8th, Ben O’Connor 5th, Josh Lines 3rd and Darko Downer 2nd.
Well done to all gymnasts who took part in the event.
On Sunday 14th July Woking sent a team of 5 boys to compete in the U14 British Teams. Rudi Moriano, Joel Ireland, Charlie Rose, Laurence Butler and Josh Porter. The boys started their competition on Rings and hit 5 clean routines, they followed that up with a good round of Vaults. Unfortunately P bars was not so successful, Rudi and Joel hit clean routines but there were mistakes throughout the rest of the team, High bar followed in a similar pattern and with falls through the team the boys struggled to put a decent score together. Floor was a lot better with all the boys making their routines. Then it came to Pommel Horse some of the boys completed routines, but the team had to count a number of falls towards their score. The team finished 10th with a score of 250.1.
On Sunday 2nd July 2018 Our Bronze, Silver and Gold gymnasts participated in the South East regional floor & vault competition held at the spectrum. Our gymnasts showed some beautiful routines and powerful vaults as they aimed to achieve the qualifying score to move to the next category of competition.
Round one began with Leila Ricketts competing in the bronze category. She performed well in a large group to finish in 9th position. In the silver level Riley Morris experienced her first competition since moving up from bronze and finished in a respectable 5th place, Tamara Venter also placed in 3rd slightly ahead of her team mate. To finish the round Toby Spencer competed in the bronze boy’s category, finishing in second place.
In Round two we had two of our boys competing. Jesse Holmes showed some great routines and took home the gold to become regional champion at bronze level aged 15+. Alex Fairhurst also showed his experience when competing and placed first to become regional champion of the gold category aged 15+.
The final round of the day saw Isabel Fearn, Kate Lee, Hannah Doran, Jessica Weekes and Ellie Raby compete against in a very tough competition at silver level. All of the girls showed confidence and class when performing their routines. Amy Smith showed an elegant floor routine and finished in third place. The round finished with Team mates Sophie Padua and Heather Denham finishing in the top two positions within the Silver category aged 16+. Sophie picked up a silver medal and Heather a gold to become regional champion.
On the weekend of 16 & 17th of June Woking GC sent 12 boys to Maidstone for this year’s Pegasus Open. The first Woking boys to compete were our U14 boys, Josh Porter, Laurence Butler, Joel Ireland, Rudi Moriano and Charlie Rose. Josh finished 10th all around with only a mistake on the pommel, he scored 66.4 and also took home a bronze medal on the high bar with a very clean routine. In 16th was Laurence, scoring 64.1. Joel had a clean competition for the second weekend in a row and with a score of 63.65 finished 17th in the all around. Rudi was not far behind but a few mistakes on pommel and vault put him 19th with a score of 62.9, Charlie was only competing on 4 apparatus and with 4 clean routines it was a nice confidence booster going forwards, he scored 41.9 and finished 33rd.
The next morning saw the turn of the U8s, James Fricker was Wokings sole competitor, James had a good competition finishing 6th all around with a score of 64.55 and also produced his best floor routine so far to take home the gold medal.
Sunday afternoon saw the U9s take centre stage, 6 boys from Woking were competing, Jake Palmer, Ben Porter, Harrison Lamble, Jay Coote, Hayden Blackman and Max Veo-Creek. In the all around competition there was a Woking 1,2, with Jake taking gold and Ben taking silver, Jake also took home gold on Pommel, P-bars and High bar with silver on Floor and Rings, Ben took gold on Floor, silver on Pommel and High bar, and a bronze on Rings. Harrison had a clean consistent competition and finished 8th with a score of 68.55, right behind him was Jay. He finished 9th with a score of 68.05 and also took home the gold medal for Vault. Hayden had a mixed competition, with a few mistakes he finished 14th with a score of 66.233, but he did go home with a bronze medal on the floor. Max had a steady competition and finished 22nd with a score of 66.883.
Well done to all gymnasts and coaches for a successful weekend.
On Sunday 10th June our youngest floor & vault gymnasts represented the club at the Surrey Key Steps competition, held at Weybourne Gymnastics Club. For the 5 gymnasts it was their first experience at a competition, all of them had a great morning and showed some fantastic routines.
In Round one Ferdinand placed 1st in the 5 years age category. Round two saw our 6 year olds compete, Rafael Rizzo and Imani Tyler both placed in second. Victor Maciejewski and Mac Griffiths both placed first in their respective categories.
A very big well done to all 5 gymnasts on these fantastic results.
On Sunday 10th June, our Boys squad travelled to Pegasus GC for the South East Regional Championships. A total of 22 Woking gymnasts competed across seven different categories.
In the U8 Competition, James Fricker performed his six routines without any falls to finish 4th All-Around. He was delighted to pick up a silver medal on the floor and bronze on vault and H-Bar.
The U9 Competition was a closely fought contest between Ben Porter and Jake Palmer, Jake just edged the All-Around competition, 0.45 ahead of his team mate. Jake picked up three further gold medals on Floor, Pommel, and P-Bars, as well as silver on rings and H-Bars. Ben was top scorer on Vault and H-bar, and won the silver medal on floor, pommel and P-Bars. He completed his haul with a bronze medal on the rings. Harrison Lamble and Hayden Blackmun can be pleased with their performances, demonstrating that their hard work in training is starting to pay off and finishing 5th and 6th respectively. Jay Coot and Max Veo-Creek competed well but had a couple of mistakes and scruffed through some of their routines to finish 9th and 10th. Max performed especially well on the vault where he picked up a silver medal.
James Nott was Woking’s sole representative in the U10 competition. He put in some consistent performances to finish 8th.
The second round of the competition saw our older gymnasts competing their voluntary routines. In the U12 category Woking’s Tom O’Connor, despite falling on P-Bars, finished second all-around, picking up a silver medal on pommels and winning H-Bar. Jamaal Kashim has grown in confidence in recent weeks, and his result was testament to the hard work he has been putting in to his training. Jamaal placed 4th AA and picked up a bronze medal for his P-Bar. Santo Fuoco, made mistakes on pommel and H-bar, but picked up bronze on floor and vault. His score of 63.1 was enough for 6th AA. Oliver Porter was close behind in 7th, winning Rings and placing second on Floor. Alex Donchev didn’t have the best of days, but a gold medal on the floor will have made up for his 9th place finish.
The standard was high in the U14 competition. Laurence Butler was the top Woking gymnast, finishing 4th and winning a silver on P-bars. Joel Ireland put in some steady performances to place 7th, and won a surprise bronze medal on H-Bar. Rudi Moriano had a few mistakes and finished 8th AA, narrowly missing out on medals on Vault and H-bar. Neither Charlie Rose or Joshua Porter competed all apparatus, both were trying some new skills and while the results may not have been desirable, hopefully they can learn from this experience.
Jasper Smith-Gordon competed on just three apparatus in the U16 competition, he performed his 3.5 twist for the first time on floor, and added a difficult flop sequence into his pommel routine. Jasper was rewarded with Gold medals for both these apparatus and added to his tally with a Gold on the vault. Team mate Fraser Griffiths also competed on just three apparatus, he finished second on Pommel, first on rings and despite missing his new release skill, he still won the competition on H-bar.
Finally in the U18 competition James Miller won the AA competition, picking up a further 2 golds and 4 silvers along the way. Lorenzo Carrozzo was competing just four apparatus and trying out new skills on each of these pieces. He was rewarded with a bronze medal on Vault, a silver on H-Bar, and gold for his Pommel and P-bar Routines.
Well done to all the gymnasts who competed; hopefully everyone has gained useful experience for future events.
On Saturday 26th May the National Development plan 4 were held at Fenton Manor, Stoke -on - Trent. Representing the South East region on behalf of Woking Gymnastics Club was Lily Clarke-Moss.
Lily started her competition with a very solid routine on beam with some beautiful dance. Next piece for Lily was floor where she didn’t put a foot wrong with a very good score of 11.95. Lily finished her competition with a very precise bar routine and a respectable vault. One slip on the day was on range and conditioning where she lost a whole mark for a wrong hand placement.
Overall Lily had a great competition, onwards and upwards from here. Well done lily.
On the weekend of 11th-13th of May Woking took 14 boys along to the Pipersvale Challenge in Ipswich.
The weekend started with our youngest competitor James Fricker, this was James’s first competition for Woking and he competed his routines with confidence to finish 27th in the U8 age group with a score of 59.00
Next up was the U9 age group with 50+ competitors, 6 boys took part in this competition, Jake Palmer, Ben Porter, Harrison Lamble, Jay Coote, Hayden Blackman and Max Veo-Creak. Jake had an excellent competition highlighted by a Pommel routine with only 0.1 in deductions. He took home the all-around gold medal with a score of 74.45 along with 3 other gold medals on the Floor, Pommel and High bar. Ben had a good comp but a few costly mistakes on the Floor and High bar saw him just miss out on an all-around medal finishing 4th with a score of 72.13, there was a silver lining to his competition by finishing 2nd on the Vault. Harrison had a clean competition, his Pbar routine was his standout routines of his competition, he finished 21st with 66.09. Jay finished 27th with a score of 64.38 his standout routine was his Vault where he finished 4th. Hayden was 35th and scored 61.78, his floor routine was the best routine he performed on the day. Max scored 60.5 and finished 38 with his best routine coming on the High bar.
After the U9s came the turn of Woking’s single U10 gymnast James Nott, James finished 42nd out of 60+ boys, he had a good competition performing 5 routines out of the 6 well and finished with a score of 64.82.
On the final morning of the competition it was the turn of James Miller in the U18 age group. James started with 2 falls on the High bar but picked himself up to perform 5 excellent routines and finished 4th with a score of 67.4.
The last competition of the weekend was for our U14 boys, there were 5 boys from Woking competing, Christian Fuoco, Rudi Moriano, Joel Ireland, Laurence Butler and Charlie Rose. Christian had a strong competition finishing 13th with a score of 64.9, Rudi finished 16th and scored 64.5 his Vault was the pick of routines as he stuck it. Joel was competing in his first competition for Woking since moving from the States, he had a bit of ring rust but produced 4 excellent routines to finish 17th with a score of 64.1. Alongside him with the exact same score was Laurence, he had a mixed competition with a few falls through the competition. Charlie finished 22nd with a score of 59.5, he showed some much improved routines, but a mistake on the Pommel cost him dearly.
Well done to all the boys that competed over the weekend.
Massive well done to Annabella Higgins for having a clean competition at her very first National Finals. In very strong line up in Compulsory 4 she finished 39th Over All with a total of 58.675 points and became 2nd highest scorer for South East team.
Congratulations to our squad girls Madison Childress and Farah Rothwell for finishing in top 20 Over All at the National Compulsory 3 Finals. Maddie came 12th with a total of 61.125 points and Farah 20th with 60.050 points. On top of that Farah had 2nd highest score on Vault of 13.600, Maddie 5th highest score 13.375 points and last but not least after producing a Floor routine combined with powerful tumbles and classy dance work Farah posted the highest Floor score of 12.450 points. Massive well done to the girls and their coaches
The Surrey novice and intermediate team’s competition took place on Sunday 29th April at Guildford spectrum. 34 of our floor and vault competitive gymnasts were split into 10 teams and took part in the event.
The day began with our Novice gymnasts who all had a fantastic competition. In the Under 8 girls category Gracie Beight, Jamie Simons and Ella Carlson showed off their beautiful floor routines to place 2nd as a team. Also in the Under 8’s Ethan Laurent, Josephine Clark, Amelia Power and James Chandler picked up a gold team medal in the mixed category. In the Under 10’s John Burthom and Rafael Bontempo showed strong routines to achieve a fantastic score of 14.40 just 0.10 off the qualifying score to move into the intermediate level. Team mates Scarlett Davies, Issac Mellor and Tom French placed 1st in the under 10’s mixed category. To finish the round Max Pittard, Ben O’Connor, Penelope Holmes and Lilly-May Robinson achieved a total score of 44.30 to pick up the gold medal.
Round two saw the intermediate gymnasts compete. Fleur Hall, Jessica Bruton and Tallulah Gurney had a great competition showing graceful routines and powerful vaults. The girls placed a very respectable 4th place. Ada Hanif, Isla Hanif, Charles Dadswell and Freddy Swift placed in 1st position after showing great team work throughout the competition. Poppy Davies, Callie Casbierd and Brogan Barrott also placed 1st in the Under 12 girl’s category.
Our Under 14 mixed team made up of Amber Mays, Holly Scanlon, Christian Ragnoli and Luca Ragnoli picked up a gold team medal. And finally Amani Ali, Jack Dadswell, Elenor Pearson and Elwyn Dury also placed in 1st in the Under 12 Mixed group.
Well done to all of the gymnasts on a very successful day bringing back a massive total of 7 gold and 1 silver team medals.