Fenton Manor Sports Park in Stoke-on-Trent hosted once again the National Compulsory 4, 3, 2 & 1 finals on the weekend of 29 – 30th April. As this is National Finals all the girls competed went through a mighty qualification to deserve their place to represent either their Region or if they have scored enough to qualify as an individual.
It’s been a while since Woking Gymnastics Club had someone to represent the club at National Finals but this time the club qualified … 5 gymnasts – more than any other club in the country – in Compulsory 4.
Lily Clarke-Moss, Charlotte Barnard, Stacey Mapara and Farah Rothwell were up first in Round 1 on Saturday morning. A bit shaky start on Range & Conditioning follow by Vault where girls managed to composed themselves and produced some solid vaults very good Bars with Farah Rothwell scoring the 4th highest score on the day showing some exceptional work, Beam where girls managed to hold their nerves and hit two clean routines out of four and Floor to finish. Very good competition for the girls over all with a few small errors and top 20 for Farah Rothwell with a total of 59.900 points, 40th for Stacey Mapara and 49th and 51st for Charlotte Barnard and Lily Clarke-Moss respectively.
Shortly after, Round 2 began with Madison Childress being part of South East Region team. Despite the tough start on Beam Maddie held it together to produce a stunning routine to end up in top 6 in the Beam ranking. Cheeky Floor followed by solid Range & Conditioning nice powerful Vault and another top 10 spot this time on Bars. Great performance over all to become not only the highest qualified South East gymnast but to end up on the very creditable 13th place all around with a score of 60.300 points.
Massive well done to all the gymnasts and their coaches and thank you to everyone who held their fingers crossed and supported us while staring at gymdata!
The 2017 English Championships took place at Loughborough University on April 7th – April 9th. Woking had 7 boys competing in the competition; Jamie Lewis, Lorenzo Carrozzo, Timothy McCarthy, Fraser Griffiths, Jasper Smith Gordon, Toby Splain and Joshua Porter.
The Under 12 age category competed on the Friday and both Toby and Joshua were competing new upgraded routines. Both performed very well with only Josh falling on his Tippelt on Parallel bars. Toby finished 18th scoring 66.069 and Joshua finished 23rd scoring 65.735. Josh narrowly missed out on a medal on High bar finishing 5th.
Saturday saw the Under 18 take centre stage, Jamie had another very good competition once again winning the All-Around English Championships Title scoring an impressive 81.084. Jamie also won Gold on Floor, Pommels and Rings, Silver on Parallel bars and Bronze on High bar. Lorenzo had a bad day struggling with a foot injury and counted a number of falls. Lorenzo finished 7th scoring 66.950. Timothy has a back injury and performed 4 clean routines finishing 5th on Pommels and 7th on Parallel bars.
The final day of competition had Fraser and Jasper competing in the Under 16 age group. Fraser and Jasper performed with courage and style to compete 6 great routines with Fraser finishing 5th scoring 72.468 and Jasper 6th scoring 72.085 in the All-Around. Fraser also collected a Bronze on Pommels while Jasper just missed out on a medal finishing 4th on Vault and 5th on Pommels.
Also over the weekend Craig Woodhams having recently qualified as a Brevet judge officiated his first International Competition, the World Cup at the O2 Arena. Well done Craig!
Guildford Spectrum was hosting once again the South East region grades qualifier on Sunday 9th April. Some of the best girls were meeting not only to define the next regional champion in their respective age groups but also which gymnast will be honoured to represent the region at the forthcoming National finals at the end of April.
First up in Round 1 were the Woking GC’s raising stars Annabella Higgins, Kudzai Musarira and Sienna Neep in Compulsory 5. Quite a display from all the girls but Annabella Higgins was the one who stole the show scoring a whopping 64.500 – highest overall score of the day - to comfortably win the title as well as topping up Bars, Floor and Range & Conditioning. Her teammates did not disappoint either with Sienna Neep coming in top 10 over all with a total of 58.834 and taking the Beam title and Kudzai Musarira coming 2nd on Bars.
Next up were the National Grades 3 & 2, where the first five gymnasts in each grade are selected to represent SE region at the National grades finals. To battle for a place in the team was Amaea Dean in National grade 3. Clean start on bars, followed by a solid beam routine, which earned her a place in the top 6 in this apparatus, a very expressive floor routine and vault to finish. A total of 60.151 points and 7th place over all in a very strong line up and grade passed with distinction. Great job!
“Grand slam” in Round 3 for Maddie, Farah, Charlotte, Stacey and Lily. Stunning display from all the girls producing 23 flawless routines out of 25, grade passed with flying colours and very well deserved trip to Stoke-on-Trent at the end of the month for their very first National Compulsory 4 final. On top of that Madison Childress won the bronze medal all around with a score of 61.951 and will travel as part of South East region team.
Massive well done to all the girls and coaches and very best of luck at their first National final!