Woking squad girls took the stage at the SE Regional Qualifier held at Guildford Spectrum on Sunday 8th April. Woking GC was represented by nine girls split into different age groups fighting not only to pass their respective grades but also trying to qualify for National Finals later this year.
In the early Round 1 Lily Clarke-Moss and Sienna Neep were the first to compete in National Grade 4 and they did not disappoint. Five for five clean routines for Lily Clarke-Moss and very well deserved 4th place All Around with a total of 62.700 points just 0.05 behind the bronze and grade passed with distinction as well as making the SE Regional team and going to National Finals later on in May. Her team mate Sienna showed some beautiful work throughout to pass her Grade with commended score of 58.900 pints as well as coming second in R&C.
It was time for one of our youngest members Maggie Rees in Round 2 to take part at her very first Regional competition in Compulsory 5 and she did it with style. Some great work throughout including highest score on Bars – 12.950 and 10th place All Around for Maggie.
To top the day up in Round 3 Annabella Higgins, after showing some classy and beautiful work took home Bronze medal in the All Around competition with a score of 59.950 points and qualifying for Compulsory 4 National Finals later on.
Next up were our Compulsory 3 girls – Madison Childress, Farah Rothwell, Charlotte Barnard, Tomi Dada and Stacey Mapara and they were nothing short of brilliant. Maddie managed to grab the coveted All Around title in Compulsory 3 in very tough competition after posting an impressive total of 61.675 after five clean routines followed by her team mate Farah Rothwell in second with a total of 60.875 points thus both making the SE Region Compulsory 3 team. Elsewhere Charlotte came 7th All Around showing some poise and elegance, Tomi came 8th with a total of 56.325 and posting second highest score on R&C and Stacey Mapara finishing 10th All Around and passing her Grade.
A massive well done to all the gymnasts and their coaches and thanks to all the parents and friends who came and support us.
Click hereOn Sunday 25th March, 24 of our floor & vault competitive gymnasts took part in the Surrey ABSG competition held at Weybourne Gymnastics Club. Our 9 Advanced girls began the competition in round one. For Tegan Fookes, Olivia Kraus, Lexi Freeman, Laura Kersley and Niamh Strange it was their first competition at advanced level and having to perform a floor routine to music. Their hard work showed as they performed their routines with confidence. Lexi went on to perform a controlled vault to place in 3rd position within her age category. Laura also performed a very powerful vault picking up the Gold medal just ahead of team mate Esme Finch. Amelia England showed off her floor routine and despite a small mistake placed in second position. Aria Gholkar performed a very graceful floor routine but had a small mistake on vault to finish her competition. The round was completed with Olivia Pearson who picked up a Gold medal after a very strong competition.
In the second round our gymnasts were a force to reckon with picking up a total of 13 individual medals between them. In the bronze level Laila Greene picked up a silver medal and Riley Morris, Tamara Venter and Leila Ricketts all placed first within their respective age groups. All of the girls showed polished and powerful floor routines. The Silver category was extremely tough competition Trupti Rao and Megan Lenton despite small mistakes on floor both gymnasts showed great improvements with their vaults. Ellie Raby and Jessica Weekes both showed off their newly choreographed floor routines to place in 3rd position. Isabelle Cox placed in second just behind Catherine Brant, both girls had very strong competitions and achieved the qualifying score to move into the highest level of competition, Gold. Also in the silver level Amy smith, Hannah Doran and Ella Davies had a very tight group, Hannah showed powerful tumbles to place third, Ella performed a strong vault and placed second and Amy showed a very graceful floor routine to finish in first position. Our male gymnasts also competed in the second round. Toby Spencer performed his new tumble within his floor routine and picked up a silver medal. Alex Fairhurst showed great class and confidence within the Silver level, He placed in first position and also qualified to move to the gold level competition.
Our teams were equally as successful, each team placed in the top 3. In total they gained one bronze, three silver and 3 gold positions each within their respective categories. All of our gymnasts showed maturity and great sportsmanship, congratulations to everyone.
Between Thursday the 8th and Sunday 11th March the 2018 British Championships took place in the Echo Arena, Liverpool. Woking Gymnastics Club had 11 boys competing over 5 different age groups.
The Under 12 age category got proceedings under way with Woking’s Thomas O’Connor, Santo Fuoco, Alex Donchev, Oliver Porter and Jamaal Kashim all competing in their first Podium British Championships at the Echo Arena. Thomas performed 6 very clean routines finishing an impressive 13th scoring 67.250. Santo Fuoco had a very good competition finishing 14th scoring 66.700, Santo also qualified for the Vault Final. Alex Donchev finished 16th scoring 66.400 and qualified for the Floor Final. Oliver Porter unfortunately didn’t have his best competition and finished 30th scoring 63.00. Jamaal Kashim overcame a nervous start and finished 43rd scoring 60.500.
The next age group to compete were the Under 18s and Jamie Lewis and Lorenzo Carrozzo were competing for Woking. Jamie was looking to win his 5th consecutive British title but unfortunately things didn’t go his way! Jamie had a poor start falling on floor and performing a bad pommel routine. With an unorthodox fall on Parallel bars his British dream was over, Jamie finished 4th scoring 77.150 and won Gold on Pommels and Rings. He also qualified for the Rings Masters Final. Lorenzo Carrozzo competed well, with some nervous moments throughout finishing 10th scoring 72.00 and collecting the Bronze on Pommels.
Friday saw the Under 14 age group take centre stage and Woking’s Joshua Porter was competing. Josh performed 6 clean routines finishing 13th scoring 67.900 and qualified for the High Bar Final.
Saturday morning was the Under 16 age category. Woking’s Jasper Smith-Gordon and Fraser Griffiths were competing, in what was a very close competition, where 4 gymnasts were tied for 2nd place going into the last apparatus. Woking’s Jasper held his nerve to secure the impressive Bronze medal in the all-around scoring 73.400. Fraser performed 5 amazing routines and was in contention for a medal but unfortunately fell twice on his last apparatus to finish 5th scoring 71.650. Fraser also gained a Bronze medal for a lovely Rings routine.
Saturday afternoon saw the senior age group compete. With the likes of Max Whitlock and Nile Wilson competing it was an amazing spectacle of gymnastics. Woking’s Timothy McCarthy was competing in his first Senior British Championships. Tim held his nerves and performed some lovely clean routines to finish 16th scoring 70.700.
Sunday was Finals day with the Under 12, Under 14 and Masters Finals all taking place on the last day of competition at the 2018 British Championships. Woking had Alex Donchev competing in the Under 12 Floor Final, Alex executed his routine superbly only losing 0.35 in deductions! Alex secured the Silver medal at his first British Championships scoring 12.95……Well done! In the Vault Final Santo Fuoco performed his new Straight Kasamatsu and narrowly missed out on a medal finishing 4th scoring 12.650. Joshua Porter qualified for the High Bar Final and performed his routine with a confident style to gain an impressive Bronze medal, scoring 11.500. Jamie Lewis competed in the Rings Masters Final, his routine was very clean and he missed out on a Bronze medal by less than 0.1 to finish 5th scoring 13.825.
Well done to all Woking’s gymnasts and coaches.
Woking girls’ squad kicked off their competition season on the weekend of 2md, 3rd and 4th of March at the “Miss Quatro” cup held at East London Gymnastics. This competition is one of the finest in the country and is designed as a prep competition so girls can try out their set routines.
Woking GC fielded five girls split in to three age groups, all of them competing on the Friday. In Round 1 our birthday girl Maggie Rees competed with confidence and poise and finished 4th overall in Compulsory 5 as well as coming 2nd on Bars and Floor.
Even the stormy weather could not stop Farah Rothwell storming through Compulsory 3 to finish in a very respectable 2nd place overall in a mighty competition with a score of 60.983 as well as posting the highest score of the day – 13.500 on Vault. A couple of uncharacteristic mistakes from her team mates Madison Childress and Stacey Mapara prevented the girls from progressing up the rankings, but they managed to show some great work across the pieces.
Later on in Round 2 Annabella Higgins wowed the judges in Compulsory 4 with some beautiful work, especially on Beam, where she scored the mind blowing score of 13.00 points. Pure class, poise and maturity throughout and a very well deserved 4th place Over All with a total of 60.350 points.
A massive well done to all the girls and their coaches.
Between Friday the 9th and Sunday 11th February the 2018 English Championships took place in the Redbridge Centre in Ilford. Woking Gymnastics Club had 11 boys competing over 4 different age groups.
Unfortunately Oliver Porter and Laurence Butler had to withdraw due to sickness and Christian Fuoco because of injury.
On Friday’s competition the Under 12 age group competed. It was the first English Championships for all of Woking’s young gymnasts but they didn’t let the occasion faze them. Thomas O’Connor performed 6 brilliant routines finishing a brilliant 5th scoring 68.550. Santo Fuoco executed some clean routines finishing 10th scoring 66.600 and picked up a very impressive bronze medal on Vault. Alex Donchev did very well finishing 28th scoring 62.50. Jamaal Kashim performed well with simple routines finishing 43rd scoring 56.050.
Saturday morning saw the Under 18 age category start their English Championships. Jamie Lewis once again performed some World Class performances and for the 4th consecutive year was crowned English Champion scoring 79.650. Jamie also picked up a gold medal on Pommels, Rings and Parallel bars. Lorenzo Carrozzo made some costly mistakes but still finished an excellent 6th place scoring 69.200. James Miller started off a little shaky but turned it around to finish a respectable 18th scoring 60.700.
On Saturday afternoon Timothy McCarthy competed in the senior age category. Tim unfortunately hurt his hand in the week leading up to the competition and only competed on 3 apparatus. Tim performed 3 clean routines finishing 8th on Pommels.
On Sunday Joshua Porter competed in the Under 14 age group. Josh hit all 6 routines with confidence and style finishing 11th scoring 68.550 and a very impressive High bar routine grabbed him an amazing silver medal.
On Sunday afternoon the last round of the English Championships saw Woking’s Fraser Griffiths and Jasper Smith-Gordon compete in the Under 16 age group. Both boys suffered a couple of mistakes but also performed some great clean work with Fraser finishing 5th scoring 69.600 and Jasper 6th scoring 69.350.
It was a brilliant English Championships for Woking Gymnastics Club and a very well done to all the coaches. It is a great achievement for the boys to do so well across all age groups and shows the depth of quality Woking has.
On Sunday 28th January 39 of our competitive floor and vault gymnasts entered the Surrey tumble and trampette competition. All of the gymnasts competed two set tumbles and two jumps from the trampette.
The day began with a very successful first round, Maia Harmsworth placed in second and Ella Carlson third both competing against a strong groups of 16 gymnasts. The success continued into round two where Rhys Samuel places third, Ben O’Connor and Harry Longhurst both placed second and Charles Dadswell and Felix Bushell both placed in first position. Round three we picked up a further three medals with Amber mays collecting a bronze and both Niamh Strange and Olivia Kraus collecting the Silver medals. The day finished with our most successful session with four gold medals awarded to Isabel Fearn, Riley Morris, Laura Kersley and Amy Smith. Four silver medals where won by Ella Davies, Olivia Pearson, Esme Finch and Amelia England. And finally bronze for Kate Lee, Hannah Doran and Arabella Wilson.
All of the gymnasts had a very enjoyable and successful day, a big well done to everyone who competed in the competition!
A strong GB team consisting of Raekwon Baptiste, Jake Jarman, Pavel Karnejenko, Jamie Lewis and Adam Tobin produced a number of impressive routines to claim team silver at the Under-18 International Team Cup in Houston, Texas.The field included the best junior gymnasts from Japan, USA, Australia, Canada, Germany and France.
Jamie claimed three medals including all-around bronze, rings gold and pommel bronze.
Men’s National Coach Andre Popov: "The GB boys have been very good and I’m really pleased with their performances. My congratulations go to all gymnasts, coaches and clubs."
Congratulations to Jamie’s coach Simon Elliott and to Craig Woodhams for judging at the event.
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, both boys have now 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 1st December the British Under 14 ‘Williams Trophy’ took place at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. The 12 very best clubs in Great Britain took part. Woking had a young team competing with Joshua Porter, Toby Splain, Christian Fuoco, Laurence Butler, Santo Fuoco and Alex Donchev making the team.
The boys performed well finishing a very creditable 5th place scoring 258.650
On Saturday 2nd December it was the British ‘Adams Shield’ competition. This is a senior age category and Woking had a team with no senior gymnasts; Tim McCarthy, Jamie Lewis, Lorenzo Carrozzo, Fraser Griffiths and Jasper Smith-Gordon. The guys performed really well finishing 3rd scoring 226.194.
Thank you to all parents and gymnasts that came to support the boys.
Congratulations to all gymnasts and coaches on what has been a very busy successful year!