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.