Waveney gymnastics boys competed in the 114th London open. With the boys competing all weekend in a number of different ages a levels. The first set of competitions were on the Friday, this competition was for the rising stars of the future as it was the Elite Performance Pathway competition. All the boys hat enter this competition were those who were aim to be at the top of the gymnasts totem pole. Waveney had 2 boys competing in the competition both in Level 1, Luca Hammond competing in the In age competition and Kieran Davies competing in the out of age competition. Luca had a tough competition but managed to fend off the opposition to secure a 20th place out off 44 of the best gymnasts in the UK, Lucas highlight of the competition was a second place on Pommel with a score of 9.650. Kieran had a very tough competition, this was his first time performing at such a big event, he had a good competition with a few little mistake he however, didn’t let this get to him scoring a 9.00 on vault allowing him to be in the 4th place spot.
The Saturday’s competition saw the FIG events of the weekend with big names such as Daniel Keating, Kristian Thomas, Nile Wilson and ex Waveney Gymnastics member Giarnni Regini-Moran. Waveney still had presence at the competition with Declan Ayers putting together some good routines with many new skills. He came 12th overall out of 32 competitors, Declan also scored 13.350 on floor to give him a 5th place finish on this apparatus. Many of the gymnasts in front are national squad members so a good result for the Waveney Gymnast.
Sunday saw the turn of the other Waveney Gymnasts competing in the London Development Open. The first competition of the day was for the Level 1 age group which Waveney had 7 gymnasts competing in. Kyle Davies had a fantastic day coming second all around with a score of 54.100, this was helped with his gold medal performance on parallel bars. He was closely followed by Brodie Davis who scored 52.350 this gave him a 7th place All around Brodie also putting a great performance in on P-bars to gain a score of 8.800 giving him a 6th place. The boys were supported all the way by their performance from Alex Pelekanou 21st, Harley Hawes 24th, Mason Cleverly 25th and Joshua Utting 44th without the support of their team mates both Brodie and Kyle may not have been able to achieve such great scores. Also in the level 1 age group but competing in the under 8 category was Oliver Wiley who much like Kieran on the Friday had a tough competition but still managing a 30th place all around, both coaches of Kieran and Oliver are very proud of their achievements from their first major competition. Later in the day came the turn of the older boys Gregor Belousov and Thomas Wiley who were both competing in the level 2 competition. Gregor who was competing in the In age category had one of the biggest competitions of the whole weekend and to come 35th was a great achievement, there were a few minor errors which kept him from taking any of the higher positions, still to perform so well at such a big competition was a great achievement. Also competing at the level 2 age group was Thomas Willey who put together some cracking routines to achieve another medal for the club; scoring 37.400 Thomas managed to take home the silver medal.
Overall the weekend was a great success from what has been a difficult time for the club Head Coach Alex Row said ‘the boys have done a fantastic job over the whole weekend an I am really pleased to see so many Waveney Gymnasts'. We had some mistake but we will take those away and improve ready for next week’s regional qualifier.’