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British Club Teams Championships.

11/06/2023

Eight teams from across Great Britain were battling it out for the U16 team title in the Bill Williams Trophy. Woking’s team of Oli Porter, Rio Chadiram, Max Veo-Creek, Jay Coote and Ben Porter, were to compete in the first subdivision. Starting on rings, team captain Oli delivered a strong opening performance to score 12.35. The rest of the team followed suit, concluding with a stuck dismount from Rio. On vault, all gymnasts hit their vaults averaging an impressive 13.083. Ben performed a lovely routine on the P-Bars but unfortunately over-rotated his dismount and incurring a 1.0 deduction, the team rallied together with Oli again delivering a superb captain’s performance, posting a personal best score of 12.65. High bar and floor were strong apparatus with all five gymnasts hitting their routines. Ben’s 12.9 was the highest floor score of the day, and together with Oli and Rio, the team total of 37.85 was a whole mark higher than the second-place team. Heading into the last apparatus, pommels, the Team were leading the first subdivision and they knew three clean routines would all-but guarantee a medal. Max put his arm up first, performing the best pommel routine he had ever done to fill the team with confidence, next up was Ben. He was delighted to complete his difficult routine with flair and travels for the first time in competition. One more routine was all that was needed, that third clean routine came from Jay, who held his nerve to deliver when it mattered. After the first sub-division, Woking sat top of the rankings almost 10 marks clear of second place, but the Team knew there were strong competitors yet to come. As the score came in for the second subdivision, Woking knew they were going to get a medal, but which colour? Notts gymnastics academy finished with some strong pommel routines to take the gold, whilst Huntingdon’s H-bar was not enough to match the score Woking had posted, meaning a brilliant Silver medal for our U16 team. This was the last event of a long competition season and the whole Team can be very proud of how they performed, once again demonstrating that Woking is one of the best Men’s Artistic Clubs in the country.



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