Jasper Smith-Gordon from Woking Gymnastics Club has won a brilliant bronze medal on vault at the 1st Junior Artistic World Championships in Gyor, Hungary!
On the final day of the Championships, Jasper competed fifth in the final and scored an average of 14.183 for his two vaults to guarantee a bronze medal. His first vault scored 14.466, with his second scoring 13.900.
Guildford Spectrum played host to the Advanced, Bronze, Silver & Gold competition on Sunday 30th June, welcoming gymnasts from all across the South East region. 24 of our Floor & Vault squad were entered to compete across 3 rounds and all performed to a very high standard.
Round 1 set the bar high with some very impressive performances. At Advanced level, Jamie Simons won bronze in her category and at Silver level, so did Olivia Kraus. A strong showing from Matilda Swift at the Advanced level meant she finished in 7th place, closely followed by Brogan Barrott and Lexi Freeman. Maia Harmsworth, Ada Hanif, Isla Hanif and Josie Prince all also competed well at Advanced, narrowly missing out on top 6 finishes. The Advanced boys showed great composure as they took the maximum number of medals on offer. Rhys Samuel topped his group to win gold, followed closely by Max Pittard in second and Charles Dadswell in third, whilst Jack Dadswell won gold in his category.
Round 2 marked the start of our Bronze and Silver competition. Eleanor Whitaker put in a strong performance to earn sixth place, narrowly missing the qualification score for the Silver level. Leo Bontempo got bronze in his Silver category as did Ella Davies in hers, with Riley Morris and Esme Finch close behind.
In round 3, our Bronze competitors Toby Spencer and Roisin Fellowes finished in 1st and 5th in their respective groups. In the Silver competition, impressive performances from Kate Lee and Alexandra Mulvey resulted in 3rd place finishes in their respective groups. Amy Smith excelled to finish in second in her group, with Olivia Pearson close behind.
Woking had eleven gymnasts competing across five different age groups. In the U9 competition James Fricker finished 4th scoring 65.500. Ben Porter picked up an impressive haul of 7 medals (2 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze), finishing second AA with a total of 76.250. Harrison Lamble was 7th AA (70.850) earning himself a bronze medal on the vault. There wasn’t much to separate the remaining Woking gymnasts – Jay Coote 8th (70.600), Hayden Blackmun 10th (69.950) & Max Veo-Creek 11th (69.900).
In the afternoon session, Josh Porter and Sarp Orbay were competing in the U14 category. Despite mistakes Josh finished 2nd AA with 68.700, picking up a further 5 apparatus medals, most notably gold on pommel and h-bar. Teammate Sarp scored 61.600 to finish in 3rd AA, he too collected a number of apparatus medals including a silver for his P-bar routine. In the U16 competition Rudi Moriano finished second AA (63.200), earning an additional four apparatus medals (Silver on floor and vault, P-bar and H-bar Bronze). Also competing in the U16s Charlie Rose performed on just 4 apparatus; he completed all his routines without falls and was rewarded with three silver medals. Finally in the U18’s James Miller put in some consistent performances to finish third on every apparatus and earn the bronze AA with a score of 66.150.
Nine of our youngest Floor and Vault squad members took part in the Key Steps competition which took place on Sunday 2nd June 2019. For many it was their first time competing for the club but it certainly wasn’t obvious from the standard of routines that they produced.
Round 1 saw four gymnasts step up to compete in their first major competition for the club. Clara Firth impressively topped her group to win gold, whilst Ferdinand Swift, Babak Adl and Sam Adl locked out the podium positions in their group, taking gold, silver and bronze respectively.
In round 2, Georgina Baddock and Bella Shafiq carried on from where the others had left off in round 1, showing off excellent routines to finish with gold and silver in their category. The boys also impressed, with Declan Freeman winning gold and Emmett Ashley silver in their group, whilst Jan Zaczynski finished 5th in a very close group.
Saturday began with the junior competition. Woking’s Sarp Orbay was entered into the U14 category, this was his first time competing on all six apparatus in Great Britain. Despite mistakes on Vault and Pommels, he gave a good account of himself finishing in 12th place (61.350). In the U16 competition Rudi Moriano placed 6th AA (64.400), picking up a bronze medal on the H-Bar. Charlie Rose competed on just four apparatus, winning a silver medal for his well-executed pommel routine.
With Sunday came the turn of the U9’s. James Fricker was Woking’s sole representative in this category. He put in some consistent performances to finish 7th AA. In the U10 competition Ben Porter put together some great performances to finish 2nd AA with 76.100. He added to his medal haul with golds on Floor and Rings, a Silver on Pommels and a Bronze medal on vault. Max Veo-Creek produced six clean routines to finish in 13th (70.150). Harrison Lamble (16th, 69.800) had a mixed day, but he put out some new skills and was rewarded with a silver medal for his Tsukahara on vault. Jay Coote successfully performed his double back from rings and Tsukahara vault for the first time in competition, finishing 18th (68.950). Team mate Hayden Blackmun was just 0.05 behind, finishing 19th AA with 68.900.
Well done to all the gymnasts, and good luck to all those who will be competing at the regional championships next weekend.
Congratulations to Woking's Jasper Smith-Gordon who has been selected to compete in the MAG Junior World Championships from 27th - 30th June 2019 in Gyor, Hungary.
Sunday 19th May saw over 60 of Woking’s competitive floor and vault gymnasts take part in the Surrey Floor and Vault competition at Guildford Spectrum.
The day began with our Novice gymnasts who all had a fantastic competition. In the Under 8 girl’s category, Poppy Ramshaw, Lexi Harmsworth and Lily-Ann Hodge showed off their beautiful floor routines to place 4th as a team, narrowly missing out on a podium finish. In the Under 8 boy’s category, Mac Griffiths, Max Chidley and Frankie Shapiro collected the bronze medal, whilst Oscar Carr, Charlie Lines and Nicholas Marwood took home the silver.
In round 2, it was the turn of the intermediate gymnasts and they certainly did not disappoint. Maia Harmsworth, Tallulah Gurney and Jessica Robson excelled to win gold in their subdivision, followed closely by Jamie Simon, Amelie Power and Ella Carlson who collected silver, whilst Josephine Clark. Imani Tyler and Sophia Harris claiming bronze. Gracie Beight, Sofia Wieringa and Chloe Neep also took bronze in their category, with Scarlett Davies, Megan Wall and Jessica Wall claiming gold. The last of the girls in round 2 were in the Under 14 category with Holly Scanlon, Penelope Holmes and Freya Baston achieving bronze. The boys also impressed with Rafael Bontempo, Ethan Laurent and James Chandler earning bronze in their category. Harry Longhurst, Archie Johnston and Alfred Swift claimed silver in their category, whilst the Under 12 boys of Rhys Samuel, Ben O’Connor, Joshua Lines and Tom French won gold in their category. Excellent all around scores from Maia, Jamie, Megan, Jessica, Rhys and Ben means that they have qualified to compete at Advanced at the next competition.
Round 3 saw medals awarded for both team performance and individual performance. Elenor Pearson, Tegan Fookes and Lexi Freeman won bronze as a team, along with individual gold for Elenor and bronze for Tegan. In the under 14 girls category, Eleanor Whitaker, Poppy Davies, Fern Johnsen and Brogan Barrott won team gold, with Eleanor also winning individual gold. In the under 10 mixed category, Max Pittard, Charles Dadswell, Faith Lusale and Josie Price took team bronze with Max and Charles winning individual gold and silver respectively, whilst Faith and Josie won individual silver and bronze respectively.
The final round of the day was for the Bronze, Silver and Gold level competitors. In the under 14 Bronze girl’s category, Laura Kersley, Esme Finch and Olivia Kraus took team gold, with individual golds for both Laura and Olivia and individual bronze Esme. The over 14 Bronze girls Daisy Ryan, Olivia Pearson and Laila Greene claimed silver, with individual gold and silver for Laila and Olivia whilst Niamh Strange, Amber Mays and Roisin Fellowes claimed team bronze as well as individual gold, silver and bronze respectively. There were three teams competing at Silver, the first of which was the under 14 girls of Riley Morris and Ella Davies who achieved silver as a team and individual gold and silver respectively. Isabel Fearn, Alexandra Mulvey and Amy Smith won team gold, with all three earning individual silver as well. Jessica Weekes, Ellie Raby and Kate Lee rounded things off with a silver medal as a team, with individual golds for Ellie and Kate, and individual silver for Jessica. Congratulations to Olivia Kraus, Laura Kersley, Esme Finch, Laila Greene and Olivia Pearson for achieving their target score, meaning they will all compete at a higher level next time.
A big well done to all of our gymnasts who competed on Sunday and a huge thank you to all of the coaches and judges that assisted with the competition.
The Pipers Vale challenge is the biggest voluntary competition of the year for our young gymnasts. James Fricker was Woking’s sole competitor in the U9 category. James delivered six routines without falling and looked much neater than in previous competitions. His total of 63.20 put him in 41st place out of the 63 competitors. In the U10 competition Woking had Ben Porter, Harrison Lamble, Hayden Blackmun, Jay Coote and Max Veo-Creek. Despite falls on Vault and H-bar, Ben was Woking’s top finisher in 13th place with 70.10. Harrison was 23rd with 68.55, missing out on a floor medal by just 0.1. Hayden looked much improved from last year, going clean and scoring 67.85 (27th). Max and Jay also performed all six routines without major error to finish 31st (67.50) and 37th (66.75) respectively.
On Sunday James Miller, Christian Fuoco, Rudi Moriano, Charlie Rose and Sarp Orbay competed in the Pipers Vale Cup. In the U14 category Sarp competed on four apparatus, going through all his routines without falling to score 42.45. In the Junior competition James was the top scorer finishing in 11th with 64.9. Rudi competed his double back on floor for the first time but suffered falls on a few of the other apparatus resulting in a 14th place finish AA (60.40). Due to injury, Christian and Charlie competed on just four apparatus scoring 30.15 and 34.30 respectively.
Well done to all the gymnasts who competed.
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.