On the weekend of 16 & 17th of June Woking GC sent 12 boys to Maidstone for this year’s Pegasus Open. The first Woking boys to compete were our U14 boys, Josh Porter, Laurence Butler, Joel Ireland, Rudi Moriano and Charlie Rose. Josh finished 10th all around with only a mistake on the pommel, he scored 66.4 and also took home a bronze medal on the high bar with a very clean routine. In 16th was Laurence, scoring 64.1. Joel had a clean competition for the second weekend in a row and with a score of 63.65 finished 17th in the all around. Rudi was not far behind but a few mistakes on pommel and vault put him 19th with a score of 62.9, Charlie was only competing on 4 apparatus and with 4 clean routines it was a nice confidence booster going forwards, he scored 41.9 and finished 33rd.
The next morning saw the turn of the U8s, James Fricker was Wokings sole competitor, James had a good competition finishing 6th all around with a score of 64.55 and also produced his best floor routine so far to take home the gold medal.
Sunday afternoon saw the U9s take centre stage, 6 boys from Woking were competing, Jake Palmer, Ben Porter, Harrison Lamble, Jay Coote, Hayden Blackman and Max Veo-Creek. In the all around competition there was a Woking 1,2, with Jake taking gold and Ben taking silver, Jake also took home gold on Pommel, P-bars and High bar with silver on Floor and Rings, Ben took gold on Floor, silver on Pommel and High bar, and a bronze on Rings. Harrison had a clean consistent competition and finished 8th with a score of 68.55, right behind him was Jay. He finished 9th with a score of 68.05 and also took home the gold medal for Vault. Hayden had a mixed competition, with a few mistakes he finished 14th with a score of 66.233, but he did go home with a bronze medal on the floor. Max had a steady competition and finished 22nd with a score of 66.883.
Well done to all gymnasts and coaches for a successful weekend.
On Sunday 10th June our youngest floor & vault gymnasts represented the club at the Surrey Key Steps competition, held at Weybourne Gymnastics Club. For the 5 gymnasts it was their first experience at a competition, all of them had a great morning and showed some fantastic routines.
In Round one Ferdinand placed 1st in the 5 years age category. Round two saw our 6 year olds compete, Rafael Rizzo and Imani Tyler both placed in second. Victor Maciejewski and Mac Griffiths both placed first in their respective categories.
A very big well done to all 5 gymnasts on these fantastic results.
On Sunday 10th June, our Boys squad travelled to Pegasus GC for the South East Regional Championships. A total of 22 Woking gymnasts competed across seven different categories.
In the U8 Competition, James Fricker performed his six routines without any falls to finish 4th All-Around. He was delighted to pick up a silver medal on the floor and bronze on vault and H-Bar.
The U9 Competition was a closely fought contest between Ben Porter and Jake Palmer, Jake just edged the All-Around competition, 0.45 ahead of his team mate. Jake picked up three further gold medals on Floor, Pommel, and P-Bars, as well as silver on rings and H-Bars. Ben was top scorer on Vault and H-bar, and won the silver medal on floor, pommel and P-Bars. He completed his haul with a bronze medal on the rings. Harrison Lamble and Hayden Blackmun can be pleased with their performances, demonstrating that their hard work in training is starting to pay off and finishing 5th and 6th respectively. Jay Coot and Max Veo-Creek competed well but had a couple of mistakes and scruffed through some of their routines to finish 9th and 10th. Max performed especially well on the vault where he picked up a silver medal.
James Nott was Woking’s sole representative in the U10 competition. He put in some consistent performances to finish 8th.
The second round of the competition saw our older gymnasts competing their voluntary routines. In the U12 category Woking’s Tom O’Connor, despite falling on P-Bars, finished second all-around, picking up a silver medal on pommels and winning H-Bar. Jamaal Kashim has grown in confidence in recent weeks, and his result was testament to the hard work he has been putting in to his training. Jamaal placed 4th AA and picked up a bronze medal for his P-Bar. Santo Fuoco, made mistakes on pommel and H-bar, but picked up bronze on floor and vault. His score of 63.1 was enough for 6th AA. Oliver Porter was close behind in 7th, winning Rings and placing second on Floor. Alex Donchev didn’t have the best of days, but a gold medal on the floor will have made up for his 9th place finish.
The standard was high in the U14 competition. Laurence Butler was the top Woking gymnast, finishing 4th and winning a silver on P-bars. Joel Ireland put in some steady performances to place 7th, and won a surprise bronze medal on H-Bar. Rudi Moriano had a few mistakes and finished 8th AA, narrowly missing out on medals on Vault and H-bar. Neither Charlie Rose or Joshua Porter competed all apparatus, both were trying some new skills and while the results may not have been desirable, hopefully they can learn from this experience.
Jasper Smith-Gordon competed on just three apparatus in the U16 competition, he performed his 3.5 twist for the first time on floor, and added a difficult flop sequence into his pommel routine. Jasper was rewarded with Gold medals for both these apparatus and added to his tally with a Gold on the vault. Team mate Fraser Griffiths also competed on just three apparatus, he finished second on Pommel, first on rings and despite missing his new release skill, he still won the competition on H-bar.
Finally in the U18 competition James Miller won the AA competition, picking up a further 2 golds and 4 silvers along the way. Lorenzo Carrozzo was competing just four apparatus and trying out new skills on each of these pieces. He was rewarded with a bronze medal on Vault, a silver on H-Bar, and gold for his Pommel and P-bar Routines.
Well done to all the gymnasts who competed; hopefully everyone has gained useful experience for future events.