Woking’s Jasper Smith-Gordon competed in his second international for Great Britain. Here is the report from the British Gymnastics website.
Our men’s under 18 artistic team have won gold at the 2019 Under 18 4-way international event in Germany. Competing against France, Switzerland, and hosts Germany, the British team of Euan Cox, Danny Crouch, Sam Mostowfi, Jasper Smith-Gordon, Adam Tobin and Luke Whitehouse edged out Switzerland to take top spot.
With five gymnasts competing on each apparatus, and the scores added together to make the final total, the British team scored 310.550. Switzerland finished just behind with 310.300 for silver and Germany took bronze with a score of 308.300.
In the all-around event, there was success for both Adam and Luke. Adam scored 78.500 to win gold, with Luke scoring 77.450 for a third placed finish, and the bronze medal.
Euan, Sam and Danny also competed across all the apparatus. Euan scored 77.150 for sixth place, Sam finished in 13th with 74.900, Jasper scored 73.850 to finish 15th and Danny scored 72.400 to finish in 20th to cap off a successful weekend for the British team.
Congratulations to all of the gymnasts, coaches and support team.
Jasper Smith-Gordon competed in his first international for Great Britain in the 24th Junior Team Cup in Berlin Germany.
Great Britain sent a very young team to Germany, with Woking’s 16 year old Jasper competing in an under 18 age category.
Jasper performed some lovely routines, helping the team achieve a respectable 9th place finish out of 35 teams. Jasper also was 1st reserve for floor and qualified for vault final.
In the vault final Jasper performed 2 high level vaults, finishing a very respectable 3rd place.
Woking’s Joshua Porter travelled to Perth, Scotland to compete in the inaugural Home Nations Tournament as part of Team England. Alongside his English teammates, Josh competed against gymnasts from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
He started well on the floor, sticking his first few landings and recovering well from a mistake on his final tumble to score 12.05. Onto the pommel horse where he performed a clean routine to earn a score of 11.133. Josh fell out of handstand on his longswing on rings but continued the routine and finished with a good dismount scoring 10.25. On the Vault Josh preformed one of the best straight Tsukaharas of his career to score a PB of 12.3. He was also awarded 12.3 for his tidy Parallel Bars routine. The competition finished on H-Bar and Josh was delighted to catch his Tkatchev and continue the rest of the routine for a score of 11.467.
In this, his first international, Josh finished with an all-around total of 69.50 enough for a 4th place finish. Five of his scores counted towards the team total and helped Team England take home the Gold medal.
Our U14 team took part in the U14 team competition at New College, Leicester.
Competing against teams from across the country was the Woking team of Josh Porter, Joel Ireland, Alex Donchev, Tom O’Connor, Oliver Porter and Sarp Orbay. Unfortunately they did not have the best of days amounting a large number of errors between them. Sarp was competing in a Woking leotard for the first time and was pleased to get through his Pommel routine without falling. Despite the errors, the team pulled together for the final apparatus and all performed good floor routines to finish the competition. They amassed a team total of 255.652, enough for 6th place.
The South East Regional Qualifier took place on Sunday 7th April at Guildford Spectrum. More than one hundred girls were competing throughout the day in a variety of age groups in a bid to not only to be crowned regional champion, but to receive the honor of representing the South East region at the national finals in May.
First up in Round 1 were Lily Clarke-Moss, Annabella Higgins and Isabelle Millen in Compulsory 3, alongside the up and coming Maggie Rees and Georgia Fookes in South East National 5. Lily showed good composure throughout the competition and passed the very demanding Compulsory 3 programme with just a couple of small mistakes on beam and floor, achieving a score of 52.750. A couple of uncharacteristic mistakes from her teammates, Annabella and Izzie, on bars and beam kept them off the top places, however Annabella excelled on R&C where she placed 2nd. In National 5, Maggie and Georgia hit their routines cleanly showing some impressive work with great composure and poise. Maggie came 3rd on both bars and floor on her way to an overall score of 60.550, passing her grade with distinction and narrowly missing out on a podium place, finishing 4th overall. She was followed closely by teammate Georgia who posted a score of 59.600 overall, placing her 5th and also passing her grades with flying colours.
Round 2 presented an opportunity for Stacey Mapara to compete her Compulsory 2 routines before she heads to Stoke-on-Trent to participate in the national finals next month. She showed great spirit to recover following mistakes on bars and beam but missed out on a top spot as a result.
Round 3 saw Charlotte Barnard compete in the National 3 grade. She performed excellently on her first four apparatus, including a superb beam routine that earned 2nd place. However a couple of falls on bar in the final rotation resulted in a 6th place finish overall, snatching away what would have been a very well deserved podium place.
The final round showcased Leila Sweeney Zinman and Heidi Woodhatch at their first major competition where they competed in the Compulsory 5 grade. Both performed well and showed little sign of nerves as they hit 8 out of 10 routines cleanly between the two of them, with the only falls coming on the beam.
Alice, Zara, Eleanor and Ottilie from our WAG team competed in Club Grade 6 - their first regional grade - at the Guildford Spectrum on Saturday 23rd March.
They fully enjoyed competing and showed their best routines making their coaches proud and in turn giving the club a good name. Their bar routines were specially praised by the Head Judge and there was a huge improvement in their scores from their Pre-Grades on all apparatus.
Alice Saunders competed in the group January-June 2011 and came 8th Over All from 42 gymnasts with a total score of 61.217 and passing her Grades with Distinction.
Zara Wright and Eleanor Rees both finished in top 10 over all in a very strong line up in July- December 2011 category, with a total score of 59.700 points for Zara plus finishing in second position on Vault and Bars, and 59.483 points for Eleanor. Their team mate Ottie Greaves ended up in 15th place over all with a total score of 59.167 and toping up the ranking on Vault with massive score of 13.167 points
It was a very positive experience for all the gymnasts and they will be able to build on it and we expect even better routines at our next regional competition later this year.
Congratulations to all the gymnasts and their coaches
British Championships 2019
14th - 17th March
Jamaal Kashim - 58.250 (58th)
Oliver Porter - 67.000 (11th), Bronze medal on P-Bars
Joel Ireland - 59.700 (52nd)
Thomas O'Connor - 60.050 (50th)
Alex Donchev - 65.850 (24th)
Joshua Porter - 67.950 (13th)
Christian Fuoco - 56.850 (39th)
James Miller - 64.850 (26th)
Fraser Griffiths - 70.650 (13th)
Jasper Smith-Gordon - 72.850 (9th), Silver on vault
Lorenzo Carrozzo - 69.450 (21st)
Timothy McCarthy - 71.450 (15th)
Jamie Lewis - 80.950 (3rd)
Floor - Jamie 4th
Rings - Jamie 2nd
Vault - Jasper 4th
From 14th - 17th March, the 2019 British Championships took place at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool. The competition started on Thursday with the U12 category. Woking’s Jamaal Kashim had an up and down day, making a few mistakes to finish with an All-Around (AA) total of 58.250. This was enough for 58th place and he will have gained valuable experience competing in the arena that will host the 2022 World Championships. Team mate Oliver Porter enjoyed a more successful day, he produced a number of high class routines, and battled through his pommel routine. There was a small error in his final routine on the rings meaning he finished just outside the top 10 with an AA score of 67.000 (11th). His standout routine of the day came on the P-Bars where he was rewarded with a 12.450 and a bronze medal.
The evening session saw the start of the U18 competition. In a tough field containing junior European medallists, the Woking trio of James Miller, Fraser Griffiths and Jasper Smith-Gordon held their own. James made a few mistakes throughout the competition and finished in 26th (64.850). Fraser, in his first competition back since injury looked good in places but his lack of fitness showed towards then end, falling on his final dismount and scoring 70.650 (13th). Jasper started with a big routine on floor, and safely made it through the subsequent apparatus without major error until he too struggled with his H-Bar dismount. Jasper was putting out his new vault for the first time and came away with a silver medal on vault, his score of 14.025 was enough to qualify for the Masters Final. Jasper finished 9th with an AA score of 72.850.
The U14 competition took place on Friday. Joel Ireland enjoyed a good competition at his first British Championships just making a mistake on pommel horse scoring 59.700 AA and finishing 52nd. Teammate Thomas O’Connor was just ahead in 50th place with 60.050. Alex Donchev started the competition with a fall on H-Bar but picked himself up to perform five good routines, including an impressive straight yurchenco on vault, to finish in 24th (65.850). Josh Porter was the top Woking gymnast in this age group, catching his Tkatchev on H-Bar for the first time helped him to an AA total of 67.950 (13th).
Christian Fuoco was Woking’s sole competitor in the U16 age group. Mistakes on pommel and H-bar proved to be very costly as he finished in 39th place AA (56.850).
There was a big crowd in attendance for the senior competition, with a star studded field containing World and Olympic medallists. Lorenzo Carrozzo, competing for the first time in this age group had a jittery afternoon making a few mistakes. He did however manage to catch his Kovacs on H-Bar for the first time in competition. He finished in 21st place (69.450). Team mate Tim McCarthy started with a stylish P-Bar routine, scoring 12.900. He suffered a fall from the pommel horse tarnishing an otherwise clean competition, he accrued an AA total of 71.450 enough for 15th place. Jamie Lewis was involved in a tightly fought battle for a podium position. Despite errors in his pommel routine, he finished strongly with a good rings routine to take home the Bronze medal AA (80.950). He added to this with a Bronze medal on floor where he beat the current Olympic champion.
The final competition of the weekend was the Masters Apparatus finals. This prestigious event allows the best U18 gymnasts to compete against their senior counterparts. Jamie first featured in the floor final, the current junior European champion on this apparatus he produced a clean routine scoring 13.550, this placed him fourth by way of a tiebreak. There was joy to be had on the rings, where Jamie executed his routine very well and earned himself a silver medal. Unfortunately Jamie injured his foot on his rings dismount and had to withdraw from the High bar Masters Final. The last final of the day to feature a Woking gymnast was the master’s vault final. Jasper Smith-Gordon safely landed his two high tariff vaults scoring an impressive 14.100. Competing against gymnasts much older than him, he missed out on a medal by just 0.087.
Congratulations to all the gymnasts and coaches Simon Elliott, Craig Woodhams, Grant Gardiner and Steve Elwood!
1st – 3rd March 2019
Redbridge Sports and Leisure Centre
U14 Competition (70 competitors)
The English Championships is the first major competition in the gymnastics calendar. Woking had a strong representation with 14 boys competing across five different age groups. Friday’s competition began with the U14s, all the boys were trying new routines and will have gained valuable experience. Thomas O’Connor was the top scoring Woking Gymnast finishing in 24th place, just ahead of team mate Alex Donchev (26th). Josh Porter made some costly errors on the H-bar resulting in a 31st place finish but he was delighted to win a Bronze medal on the parallel bars. Joel Ireland was competing in his first ever English championships finishing 36th out of 70 in a tough age group.
With Saturday morning came the turn of the U18s. James Miller (20th) had a good competition but unfortunately fell on H-Bar and Floor. Jasper Smith-Gordon put in some consistent performances without major error to finish in a very creditable 5th place.
The senior competition featured World, European and Olympic medallists, despite a couple of large mistakes Jamie Lewis proved he is up there with the best of them, finishing in second place. He also took home the bronze medal on pommels and a silver on rings. Tim McCarthy had the competition of his life and finished in a very impressive 6th place. He was also presented with the Louis Smith Pommel Award, this trophy was given for the routine with the fewest deductions on the pommel horse. Team mate Lorenzo Carrozzo was disappointed with his 12th place finish.
Oliver Porter and Jamaal Kashim competed in the U12 category on Sunday, finishing 27th and 31st respectively. In the final session of a long weekend, Christian Fuoco, Rudi Moriano and Charlie Rose took part in the U16 category. Christian was especially pleased to put out his double back on floor for the first time and finished the competition in 20th AA. Rudi (27th) and Charlie (39th – No floor or vault due to injury) were both delighted to make it through their pommel routines without falling.
The boys will all be straight back in the gym this week preparing for the upcoming British Championships.
The Guildford Spectrum hosted once again the South East Pre Grades Championship 2019. This is a fantastic opportunity for gymnasts following the National Development Plan to try out their routines prior the Regional Qualifier later in March and April.
Woking GC sent out the next generation of future stars and they had a job to do following the success of the older squad members last year and they indeed rose to the occasion. In a very strong line up in Club Grades 6 Alice Saunders, Ottie Greaves and Zara Wright competed with confidence and poise producing fifteen clean routines between them to all end up in top 10 All Around with Alice scoring whooping 60.700 points.
Next up in Compulsory 5 was Leila Zinman. Powerful and confident performance across all pieces in particular on Vault, where she ended up with 3rd highest score and 5th All Around in a very demanding competitive program.
Last but not least was Georgia Fookes. Elegance and style are two words to describe Georgia’s performance and only a few wobbles on Beam kept her off a podium place in the All Around competition. However Georgia topped the ranking on Bars with impressive score of 12.850 points.
Massive well done to all the gymnasts and their coaches!
10 of our floor and vault competitive gymnasts participated in the South East regional Novice competition on Sunday 2nd December. The event was held at Guildford spectrum and saw 350 gymnasts compete to become regional champions and achieve the qualifying score of 14.50 to move to the next level of competition.
Round one began with Lexi, Imani and Poppy. This was the girl’s first regional event and all 3 showed some fantastic routines. Lexi battled through her nerves to finish a respectable 11th place with a total score of 13.25 in her age category. Poppy had a small error on floor but continued with her competition to perform two very strong vaults and finished in 8th place with a total score of 13.30. Imani had a fantastic competition and showed confidence throughout earning a score of 14.60, achieving the qualification score and placing 1st to become regional champion.
Onto round two and it was time for our 2009 girls to compete Maia and Jessica. Both girls showed style and confidence, performing two powerful vaults and very elegant floor routines. Jessica finished in 7th Place with a total of 13.65 and just ahead was team mate Maia with a score of 13.70 in 6th place.
It was the boys turn in round three, for all 4 boys it was their first experience at a regional event. Samuel showed a great floor routine and enjoyed his competition to earn a score of 10.80 placing 12th, Rafael overcame his nerves on vault and achieved the same total score of 10.80 to join Samuel in 12th place. Slightly ahead was Victor with a total of 11.15 placing 11th. Completing the group with a total score of 13.85 was Charlie, he showed confidence throughout his competition to take the gold medal and become regional champion.
In the final round of the day Tom was our only competitor. After working extremely hard in the gym and showing determination during his sessions, he had a fantastic afternoon. Tom achieved a total score of 13.40 to achieve a well-deserved 2nd place.
Well done to all 10 of the gymnasts who participated in the regional event and thank you to the coaches who helped the gymnasts throughout the day.