The weekend of 30th/31st October saw the second instalment of the 2021 South East Regional Championships. The focus this time around was on those participating in the Zinc competition, as well as a few other gymnasts, competing across various levels, that had been unable to compete back in September. For the vast majority of the gymnasts, this was their first competitive action for over 18 months but with the quality on display, you’d have been forgiven for believing otherwise. Five gymnasts were representing Woking at these championships: Bella-Rae Cheeseman-Wheeler, Jessica Donnelly, Rayaan Hussain, Mia Vernon and Maggie Rees.
At a time of the year renowned for spooks and scares, the Woking girls provided only treats as they stole the show, bringing home multiple medals to cap off an immensely successful competition season for the Women’s Artistic Squad. In the team event, Bella, Jess, Rayaan and Mia combined superbly to deliver the silver medal. Next came the All-Around presentations where Jess, scoring an impressive 44.500, was awarded 6th place overall, followed by Bella in 4th with a total of 44.650 which was just a whisker away from a podium finish. But Woking weren’t done there as, with a tremendous score of 45.800, Mia Vernon took the top step on the podium and with it, the gold medal, meaning Woking took up half of the places inside the top 6. In the individual events, the girls shone even brighter with Bella earning a bronze medal scoring 11.950 and Mia finishing just outside the medals in 4th. Mia once again made the trip on to the podium to claim silver on bars with a score of 11.300 and Jess rounded the presentations off superbly as she won a much-deserved gold medal on beam, scoring 11.550 with Mia once again featuring, this time in 6th position.
The afternoon saw the turn of Maggie Rees, competing in the Compulsory 3 level. Maggie, only back in training for a short time prior to the competition following an elbow injury, put on a fantastic display scoring a very commendable 48.400, narrowly missing out on the coveted pass mark. With plenty of positives to take away, namely being able to put full routines together after a frustrating injury, as well as performing one of her best R&C routines, the competition served as a great measuring stick for Maggie as she looks ahead to her next competition.
Overall, a very happy Halloween for the Woking girls’ squad which marked a very successful return to the competition arena following the disruption of the past 18 months. A big thankyou to all the coaches, parents and supporting gymnasts who cheered on throughout the competition. Go Team Woking!