On Sunday 17th September the 2017 Junior Japan International took place in Yokohama.
Woking’s Jamie Lewis was competing with Huntingdon’s Jake Jarman. Both boys were very jet lagged when the competition began and unfortunately Jamie didn’t compete very well. Jamie had 3 falls and finished 6th scoring 76.7. Jake performed better finishing 3rd scoring 78.65. Jamie qualified for 3 apparatus finals and Jake 4 finals.
In the Finals on Monday 18th Jamie performed better but could not bring back any medals. Jamie finished 5th on Floor, 4th on Rings and 6th on Parallel bars. Jake finished 7th on Floor, 7th on Pommels, 3rd on Vault and 5th on Parallel bars.
It was an amazing experience and both gymnasts are hoping to compete in Japan in the future!
On Sunday the 17th September the Regional Qualifiers took place at Pegasus Gymnastics Club. Our boys were competing with the chance to make the South East Team and compete at National Finals in November.
The mornings session saw our Club Grade boys take to the floor, with boys in level 2 and level 5. Tristan Lamble and Illian Taylor were the level 2's. Tristan competed 7 nice and clean routines to take home the Silver medal all round and gain a spot in the team. Illian had a few errors through routine and finished 7th which meant he just missed out on the team but is first reserve.
In the level 5 age group Laurence Butler, Christian Fuoco, Rudi Moriano and Charlie Rose were competing. Laurence Christian and Rudi had good comps and made sure it was a Woking clean sweep for the medal with them finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. This also meant they made the team for finals. Charlie unfortunately had some costly errors on his first apparatus which meant he finished in 5th missing out on a place in the team.
The afternoons session had our Elite Grade representatives, with boys from level 1 guest, level 2, level 3 and level 4.Our Level 1 guest were too young to qualify for finals, but this competition gave a good marker for what to expect next year. Jake Palmer took home the Gold medal with a performance that was flawless, losing less than 5 marks through all 8 routines. Ben Porter claimed 2nd with another assured performance. 3rd place was taken by Harrison Lamble, who showed much improved routines throughout his comp. Max Veo-Creek took 5th place and Hayden Blackmun finished 6th.
Level 2 and 3 had 4 Woking boys, Oliver Porter had a very good comp with one wobble right at the end, he finished 2nd in level 2, Jamaal Kashim finished 6th in the same level he showed some nice gymnastics but will need to work hard towards finals. Both boys will be at National Finals. Santo Fuoco and Tom O’Connor will both be at National Finals as well, the finished 1st and respectively, both boys showed good gymnastics but also had room for improvement.
Level 4 had 2 more boys with Josh Porter taking home 3rd after a good comp with only 1 error through 8 routines. And Toby Splain took home 4th with routines that were nice but showed they could be better. Both boys will be at National Finals.
Woking also took home the Presidents trophy, this Trophy represents the most successful club within the Regional competitions. Congratulations to all the boys that took part.
Team Woking were back at the Redbridge Sports centre for the second consecutive week. This time it was the turn of the older members of our Boy’s Squad to shine.
Saturday’s competition was a sell-out. The Westminster Cup had a buzz around it, this would be the final trial for the upcoming World Championships, and the first time Olympic medallists such as Nile Wilson, and Max Whitlock had competed since the Rio Games. For the Woking supporters however the main event would be seeing Grant Gardiner and Miki Chu compete amongst this field.
Wind back the clock just 12months and Grant was sat in hospital having just undergone his third ACL reconstruction, here he would compete on three apparatus in a bid to make the Welsh team for next year’s Commonwealth Games. Grant can be pleased with his performance, despite falling on his H-bar dismount, he picked himself up to complete clean pommels and finished the competition with a tidy P-bars making him the top Welsh scorer on this apparatus.
Miki, in his final competition for Woking before going off to university, was not intimidated by the occasion and went through his routine without major mistake.
On Sunday, Woking had five competitors in the U18 Peter Moore competition. James Miller put out some new skills and made a good start to the comp but a couple of mistakes on floor, pommel and rings will leave him with areas to work on ahead of the next competition. Jasper Smith-Gordon put out his double twist on vault for the first time, and his competition was going very well until falls on pommel and rings moved him down the overall rankings. The pommel horse also caused problems for Fraser Griffiths, but five other clean routines resulted in a 15th place finish. Timothy McCarthy showed his maturity, hitting all six of his routines and finishing in 7th place and narrowly missing out on a medal on Pommels.
Jamie Lewis, again showed his dominance, he too showed 6 clean routines and came away with a tally of six gold medals. He won the all-around competition by a two mark margin and his score of 81.737 will undoubtedly give him confidence going into next week’s international in Japan.
The first weekend in September saw our boys trying out their grades routines for the first time in competition.
The weekend started with our Elite level 2 boys, Oliver Porter and Jamaal Kashim. Oliver finished in 7th place all around, hitting most of routines with just a few wobbles throughout, and a strong pbar routine won him a bronze medal. Jamaal showed some nice gymnastics through his comp but a few mistakes cost him, finishing a respectable 19th all around.
That afternoon it was he turn of club level 2, Tristan Lamble and Illian Taylor were our competitors. Tristan started with 3 very strong routines, but a few weaker routines left him 32nd all around, Illian finished 51st in a steady comp.
The last round of the day came our U8 elite level 1 boys, 5 Woking boys took to the stage. Jake Palmer had an almost flawless performance and took away the all around gold along with 3 golds and 1 silver on the apparatus, Ben Porter showed class in 5 of the 6 pieces but a low scoring pommel left him in 7th place, but he took home 2 bronze 1 silver and a gold on the vault with a perfect score of 10. Jay Coote showed some lovely gymnastics finished 13th, Max Veo-Creek and Harrison Lamble showed some good moments but had mistakes leaving them 16th and 17th respectively, these boys will now have a year to perfect these routines and be ready for the Grades next year.
Sundays competition was busy, with Woking having 3 different ages going round in one group. Our elite level 3s Santo Fuoco and Tom O'Connor along with our elite level 4s Josh Porter and Toby Splain and club level 5s Laurence Butler, Rudi Moriano, Christian Fuoco, and Charlie Rose. Santo showed his ability to compete with the top boys in his age and finished 5th all around, Tom finished 9th and took home a bronze medal on the rings. Josh and Toby boys had mistakes throughout their comp but also showed some competent work and finished 8th and 14th.
Laurence came away with a 5th place finish and showed style to to take home the bronze on floor, Rudi finished in 9th and showed his vaulting ability to take home silver on vault, Christian and Charlie showed consistency to finish 12th and 15th.
Well done to all the boys who will now be getting ready for Grade Qualifiers on the 17th.