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.