Sunday 10th December we entered the regional bronze, silver and gold competition held at Guildford spectrum. These gymnasts had worked very hard in the lead up to this competition and this showed throughout the day as our gymnasts performed.
Round one began with our youngest gymnasts at this level. Riley Morris performed an outstanding vault to finish in 3rd place and Ella Davies had a very strong competition performing an elegant floor routine to finish in 1st also achieving the qualifying score to move to silver level.
Round two began with Hannah Doran and Amy smith both performing beautiful floor routines to finish 3rd and 4th respectively in a very strong category. Both girls achieved the qualifying score to move to silver. Next up was Catherine Brant who had a fantastic competition achieving a massive score of 17.20 to finish in first place becoming regional champion and moving into the silver level. The boys had a very strong round producing some great routines, in the Silver level competition Travis skeet finished in 5th place, Max Todd slightly ahead in 4th and Alex Fairhurst picking up the silver medal. Last up in this round was Jesse Holmes in the bronze level competition, who after a wobbly start to his floor routine achieved first place and moved to silver level.
Round three we saw some artistic and creative floor routines from our girls. In a very strong competition Isabelle cox, Heather Denham, Sophie Padua, Trupti Rao, Jessica Weekes, Daisy Little, Kate Lee and Isabel Fearn each showed personality when performing their routines. In a large category, Isabelle Cox finished 3rd and Sophie Padua 2nd place.
The day finished with Leila Ricketts who competed in the Bronze level competition for the first time showing maturity throughout. Although Leila had a shaky start on floor she managed to put this behind her and perform two very strong vaults to finish her competition.
Well done to all of the gymnasts and a big thank you to the coaches and judges!
On Sunday 3rd December we entered 16 gymnasts into the regional novice floor and vault competition. For most of these gymnasts it was their first experience at such a large competition and they all performed very well.
In round one Rafael Bontempo showed great improvement and finished 4th in a very large category. For Ethan Laurent, Chloe Neep and Gracie Beight this was their first experience at a regional competition and they all produced very strong performances on both floor and vault. Alfred Swift had a fantastic competition taking home a silver medal. Charles Dadswell also having a great competition became regional champion taking home the gold and qualified to progress onto intermediate level.
Next up we had Maia Harmsworth, Ada Hanif & Isla Hanif. Maia performed a very nice routine to finish in 7th out of 15 gymnasts. Ada and Isla also showed very clean routines to finish in 1st and 2nd respectively and qualifying for the intermediate level.
We had 6 gymnasts competing in round three. The boys had a very strong group, Issac Mellor placed in 7th with Tom French and Harrison Iles placing joint 6th. Josh Lines placed slightly ahead in 4th position and achieved the qualifying score to move into the intermediate level. Scarlett Davies had a great competition picking up a bronze medal and after lots of hard work on vault Penelope Holmes performed a fantastic vault to finish in 12th place.
In the final round we had just one gymnast Poppy Davies who also had a fantastic competition finish in 1st place to become regional champion and qualify to move to intermediate.
A very big well done to all of these gymnasts and thank you to all of their coaches for their support on the day.
On Friday 3rd November, 10 of Woking’s Boys squad made the annual pilgrimage to Birmingham to represent the South East Regional at the national grades finals.
Chrisitian Fuoco, Laurence Butler and Rudi Moriano were part of the South East Club Level 5 team and were first of the Woking gymnasts to compete. Their scores helped the team to a sixth place finish. Laurence was the top scorer placing 13th (62.65), Rudi was 23rd with 59.20, while Christian opted not to compete on rings, his highest score was a 9.3 on the vault.
Saturday morning came the turn of the club level 2 team. Here Woking’s Tristan Lamble showed seven good routines to finish in a credible 21st place with 61.65, his scores also helped the team to place 6th. Meanwhile, in the Elite Level 3 competition, Santo Fuoco, and Thomas O’Connor tested their mettle in a tough field. Thomas performed well and can be pleased with his 10th place (66.82), Santo however was visibly disappointed after mistakes on P-bars and H-bar proved costly. He finished the competition in 15th with a score of 63.722.
In the final round on Saturday, Joshua Porter and Toby Splain were to make up half of the south east elite level 4 team. Performing their difficult setwork routines, they helped the team to the silver medal. On an individual level Toby made a few mistakes and finished in 16th (60.68), while Josh managed to go cleanly though all eight apparatus to take the 8th spot (68.717). Josh has since been invited the National sports centre to undergo a trial for the place in the elite performance squad.
After a long weekend, Sunday saw the turn of the elite level two team. Here Oliver Porter and Jamaal Kashim were victorious as their team took home the gold medal. Jamaal, recovering from illness, had a mixed day and scored 62.3 to earn him a 23rd place finish. Oliver showed his class on seven apparatus but a score of 0 on pommels proved to be very costly as he slipped down to 17th with a score of 63.9. The national staff took note of Oliver’s performances and he will join his brother at Lilleshall national sports centre as he trials to regain a place in the Great Britain squad.
Guildford Spectrum hosted another Age Groups Finals on the weekend of 4 – 5th November. More than a hundred girls split into three age groups strived for the National Champion title.
Woking Gymnastics fielded three girls in Level 4, all part of the South East team. In a very strong line up Farah Rothwell, Stacey Mapara and Madison Childress competed with poise and confident to end up in top 30 over all. It was 11th place for Farah Rothwell with a total of 48.850 as well as place in top 5 on Beam, 22nd for Stacey with 47.750 points and 27th place over all for Maddie with a total of 47.250 points.
It was mighty battle in the team event and the girls did not disappoint coming a very respectable 4th place, out of 12 teams, narrowly missing the podium.
Following the success earlier in the year in the Compulsory Grades (every grade is split in two parts – Compulsory Grades and Voluntary levels) girls were in a strong position to finish the season in the top 25 in their respective grades and they’ve done it once again. Farah came in 8th place in Great Britain with a combined score of 108.750 points, Maddie ended up 13th with a total of 107.600 and Stacey climbed up to 21st with a score of 105.150.
A massive well done to all the girls and their coaches and big thank you to all the parents and gymnasts who came and supported us!
Top job Team Woking!!!
On Sunday 1st October 37 of our intermediate and advanced, floor and vault gymnasts took part in the south east regional competition held at Guildford spectrum. It was a very large competition with over 500 entries from clubs across the region.
The day started very successfully with our girls in round one showing some very polished routines. At intermediate level we had two regional champions within their categories, Tegan Fookes and Lexi freeman. Olivia Kraus also picked a bronze medal and Amani Ali placed in 8th position. Our advanced girls also had a successful round with Amelia England placing second and Riley Morris becoming regional champion within the respective age categories.
Round two and it was the boys turn to show their routines. In the intermediate level Ben Gurden and Ben O’Connor both placed second gaining silver medals, Darko Downer and Jacob Gurden also achieved bronze medals. Both John Burthom and Noah Schollick placed in 4th gaining rosettes and Jack Dadswell achieved 6th place with Rhys Samuel and Jack Harel not to far behind in a very tight group. We also saw some of our advanced gymnasts within round two, Toby Spencer won the silver, bronze for Felix Bushell and a joint 4th place for Archie Johnson. We also had some girls competing within this round, Katie Childress placed 5th place in her intermediate category. Tallulah Gurney competed in the intermediate level for the first time and showed confidence when performing her routines. Tilly swift competed in the advanced group where we saw her perform beautiful floor routine.
The success continued into round three, with our advanced gymnasts Esme Finch and Arabella Wilson both showing fantastic vaults and controlled routines on floor within an extremely tough category. Leila Ricketts also competed at advanced level and achieved a very well deserved Silver medal. Fern Johnsen was our only intermediate level gymnast within the round and she achieved 4th place in a large group of 14 gymnasts.
Our intermediate gymnasts Holly Scanlon and Laura Kersley both performed beautifully in round 4 showing off their floor routines with confidence. Amy Smith added to our list of regional champions in the advanced category with Hannah Doran placing 3rd in another very tough group. Daisy Ryan, Aria Gholkar and Olivia Pearson all performed new floor routines within their advanced competitions and showed good improvement on their vaults. The round finished with Laila Greene winning the silver medal, who also showed off her new floor routine for the first time.
The final round of the day saw our intermediate gymnasts Amber Mays and Niamh Strange compete. The both showed clean routines and controlled vaults. Out of a large group with 16 gymnasts Amber finished in 6th place and Niamh took gold to become regional champion.
The day saw some great performances from all of our gymnasts, we had 11 gymnasts achieving the required score to move to their next level of competition. Tegan, Lexi, Olivia, Laura and Niamh all achieved 15.50 or more and will now move into the advanced level. Riley, Leila, Toby, Laila, Amy, and Hannah all achieved 16.0 or more to move into the bronze level competition.
Congratulations to all of the gymnasts who took part in the competition. A big thank you to all of the coaches and our judge Rishiel who helped these gymnasts on the day.
On Sunday 17th September the 2017 Junior Japan International took place in Yokohama.
Woking’s Jamie Lewis was competing with Huntingdon’s Jake Jarman. Both boys were very jet lagged when the competition began and unfortunately Jamie didn’t compete very well. Jamie had 3 falls and finished 6th scoring 76.7. Jake performed better finishing 3rd scoring 78.65. Jamie qualified for 3 apparatus finals and Jake 4 finals.
In the Finals on Monday 18th Jamie performed better but could not bring back any medals. Jamie finished 5th on Floor, 4th on Rings and 6th on Parallel bars. Jake finished 7th on Floor, 7th on Pommels, 3rd on Vault and 5th on Parallel bars.
It was an amazing experience and both gymnasts are hoping to compete in Japan in the future!
On Sunday the 17th September the Regional Qualifiers took place at Pegasus Gymnastics Club. Our boys were competing with the chance to make the South East Team and compete at National Finals in November.
The mornings session saw our Club Grade boys take to the floor, with boys in level 2 and level 5. Tristan Lamble and Illian Taylor were the level 2's. Tristan competed 7 nice and clean routines to take home the Silver medal all round and gain a spot in the team. Illian had a few errors through routine and finished 7th which meant he just missed out on the team but is first reserve.
In the level 5 age group Laurence Butler, Christian Fuoco, Rudi Moriano and Charlie Rose were competing. Laurence Christian and Rudi had good comps and made sure it was a Woking clean sweep for the medal with them finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. This also meant they made the team for finals. Charlie unfortunately had some costly errors on his first apparatus which meant he finished in 5th missing out on a place in the team.
The afternoons session had our Elite Grade representatives, with boys from level 1 guest, level 2, level 3 and level 4.Our Level 1 guest were too young to qualify for finals, but this competition gave a good marker for what to expect next year. Jake Palmer took home the Gold medal with a performance that was flawless, losing less than 5 marks through all 8 routines. Ben Porter claimed 2nd with another assured performance. 3rd place was taken by Harrison Lamble, who showed much improved routines throughout his comp. Max Veo-Creek took 5th place and Hayden Blackmun finished 6th.
Level 2 and 3 had 4 Woking boys, Oliver Porter had a very good comp with one wobble right at the end, he finished 2nd in level 2, Jamaal Kashim finished 6th in the same level he showed some nice gymnastics but will need to work hard towards finals. Both boys will be at National Finals. Santo Fuoco and Tom O’Connor will both be at National Finals as well, the finished 1st and respectively, both boys showed good gymnastics but also had room for improvement.
Level 4 had 2 more boys with Josh Porter taking home 3rd after a good comp with only 1 error through 8 routines. And Toby Splain took home 4th with routines that were nice but showed they could be better. Both boys will be at National Finals.
Woking also took home the Presidents trophy, this Trophy represents the most successful club within the Regional competitions. Congratulations to all the boys that took part.
Team Woking were back at the Redbridge Sports centre for the second consecutive week. This time it was the turn of the older members of our Boy’s Squad to shine.
Saturday’s competition was a sell-out. The Westminster Cup had a buzz around it, this would be the final trial for the upcoming World Championships, and the first time Olympic medallists such as Nile Wilson, and Max Whitlock had competed since the Rio Games. For the Woking supporters however the main event would be seeing Grant Gardiner and Miki Chu compete amongst this field.
Wind back the clock just 12months and Grant was sat in hospital having just undergone his third ACL reconstruction, here he would compete on three apparatus in a bid to make the Welsh team for next year’s Commonwealth Games. Grant can be pleased with his performance, despite falling on his H-bar dismount, he picked himself up to complete clean pommels and finished the competition with a tidy P-bars making him the top Welsh scorer on this apparatus.
Miki, in his final competition for Woking before going off to university, was not intimidated by the occasion and went through his routine without major mistake.
On Sunday, Woking had five competitors in the U18 Peter Moore competition. James Miller put out some new skills and made a good start to the comp but a couple of mistakes on floor, pommel and rings will leave him with areas to work on ahead of the next competition. Jasper Smith-Gordon put out his double twist on vault for the first time, and his competition was going very well until falls on pommel and rings moved him down the overall rankings. The pommel horse also caused problems for Fraser Griffiths, but five other clean routines resulted in a 15th place finish. Timothy McCarthy showed his maturity, hitting all six of his routines and finishing in 7th place and narrowly missing out on a medal on Pommels.
Jamie Lewis, again showed his dominance, he too showed 6 clean routines and came away with a tally of six gold medals. He won the all-around competition by a two mark margin and his score of 81.737 will undoubtedly give him confidence going into next week’s international in Japan.
The first weekend in September saw our boys trying out their grades routines for the first time in competition.
The weekend started with our Elite level 2 boys, Oliver Porter and Jamaal Kashim. Oliver finished in 7th place all around, hitting most of routines with just a few wobbles throughout, and a strong pbar routine won him a bronze medal. Jamaal showed some nice gymnastics through his comp but a few mistakes cost him, finishing a respectable 19th all around.
That afternoon it was he turn of club level 2, Tristan Lamble and Illian Taylor were our competitors. Tristan started with 3 very strong routines, but a few weaker routines left him 32nd all around, Illian finished 51st in a steady comp.
The last round of the day came our U8 elite level 1 boys, 5 Woking boys took to the stage. Jake Palmer had an almost flawless performance and took away the all around gold along with 3 golds and 1 silver on the apparatus, Ben Porter showed class in 5 of the 6 pieces but a low scoring pommel left him in 7th place, but he took home 2 bronze 1 silver and a gold on the vault with a perfect score of 10. Jay Coote showed some lovely gymnastics finished 13th, Max Veo-Creek and Harrison Lamble showed some good moments but had mistakes leaving them 16th and 17th respectively, these boys will now have a year to perfect these routines and be ready for the Grades next year.
Sundays competition was busy, with Woking having 3 different ages going round in one group. Our elite level 3s Santo Fuoco and Tom O'Connor along with our elite level 4s Josh Porter and Toby Splain and club level 5s Laurence Butler, Rudi Moriano, Christian Fuoco, and Charlie Rose. Santo showed his ability to compete with the top boys in his age and finished 5th all around, Tom finished 9th and took home a bronze medal on the rings. Josh and Toby boys had mistakes throughout their comp but also showed some competent work and finished 8th and 14th.
Laurence came away with a 5th place finish and showed style to to take home the bronze on floor, Rudi finished in 9th and showed his vaulting ability to take home silver on vault, Christian and Charlie showed consistency to finish 12th and 15th.
Well done to all the boys who will now be getting ready for Grade Qualifiers on the 17th.
Jamie Lewis is the newly crowned European Youth Olympic men’s all-around champion after triumphing in style on day four of Gyor 2017.
The 16-year-old from Woking dominated the final, going clean on all six pieces and eventually finished with a score of 82.200, with Russia’s Iurii Busse 80.100) and Nicolau Rossello of Spain (78.550) back in second and third respectively.
Jamie, who won team silver on Tuesday, began on floor before tackling his two favoured apparatus the pommel and then rings. Building a commanding lead, which the young British gymnast refused to give up, he ended with a nerveless high bar to take the title. That gold is the third straight all-around champion produced by Team GB at a European Youth Olympic Festival after Brinn Bevan won four years ago in Utrecht and Joe Fraser climbed onto the top step of the podium at Tbilisi 2015.
“This feels absolutely amazing” said Jamie" I’ve put so much hard work into my preparation and I’m so glad it’s paid off. I’ve gone clean in all six pieces and I couldn’t have asked for a better performance across the day. As soon as I did my rings I knew I was quite far ahead and then on pommel I was quite nervous but they’re my two best pieces and I knew I had to do well. This is the best medal I’ve won so far in my career. I won team gold at the Europeans but this all-around definitely tops everything. Words can’t describe how much I’m enjoying being out here and competing. The arena is special and it’s great to be meeting so many new people – it’s such an amazing experience.”
Jamie was joined in the final by teammate Jake Jarman (78.200) who finished fifth in his first all-around final.
Jamie Lewis, Jake Jarman and Pavel Karnejenko have won the team silver on the opening day of gymnastics action at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Gyor, Hungary.
All three gymnasts had strong showings across the six pieces of apparatus, leading after two sessions, with the Russian team competing in the final session. In the end the Russian triumvirate of Iurii Busse, Sergei Naidin, Aleksandr Kartsev were victorious (161.450) with Team GB taking silver (159.000).
Speaking moments after being presented with their silver medals, team captain Jamie Lewis was proud yet determined about what still lay ahead. “It feels good to win silver. All the preparation and hard work has paid off which is amazing. We were coming to gold but I’m really proud as to help the three of us win a medal today. I’ve now got a number of finals to come later in the week and will be trying my best to win more medals for myself and the team – really looking forward to it.”
Jamie Lewis and Jake Jarman secured progress to the all-around finals on Thursday with Jamie qualifying in top spot scoring 80.450 points. Jamie also qualified in first for the pommel and rings final and in 8th for the parallel bars final.
Jamie Lewis overcame disappointment on the pommel to secure his second gold medal of the European Youth Olympics with victory on the rings adding to a silver medal already won in the team event.
In front of a full gym, the individual apparatus finals took place and Team GB once again had medal hopes in the form of Lewis but it didn’t start to plan as an error disrupted the Woking gymnast’s routine. Despite the mistake Jamie narrowly missed out on bronze, scoring 12.100 to finish fourth, just behind Belgium’s Claeys Ward (12.466) who came in third.
However the disappointment of missing out did not show in his next final on the rings, an event that came directly after the pommel. Following two impressive routines from Russians Iurii Busse (13.466) and Sergei Naidin (13.200) he was under pressure to perform and perform he most certainly did, nailing his routine and securing gold with a score of 13.733.
“I’m chuffed with how it went, especially after the pommel,” said Jame. “The pommel and the rings are two of my strongest pieces. I let the nerves get the best of me on pommel, I don’t know why, I guess these things happen but I was happy to get back and finish my routine and finish with a nice second half. I knew when it came to the rings I just had to concentrate on that and do my best. I really wanted to get gold on the rings.”