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.