GYMNASTS MAKE NATIONAL FINALS
At the regional competition for the national development plan set routines, held at Pipers Vale Gymnastic Centre in Ipswich on Saturday 20th September a group of young male gymnasts from Waveney Gymnastics Club put their skills to the test. The reward in finishing in a high enough place was a position in the regional team for their age group and therefore a chance to compete at the national finals, to be held in Birmingham at the beginning of September.
The club was represented by ten(10) gymnasts, some competing at this level of competition for the first time. The competition was in two distinct levels of ability, namely the elite grade standard and the club grade standard. In the elite grade for boys aged nine(9), Luca Hammond scored an impressive 69.85 to win the bronze medal in third place. This included excellent scores of 9.60 on pommel, 9.45 on parallel bars and two scores of 8.90 on floor and vault. In the grade three(3) category Declan Davies scored a total of 46.55 to finish in third place, also winning a bronze medal. His best two scores were 8.75 on vault and 8.50 on high bar. he will need to focus on pommel and the physical preparation sections before the final in order to score significantly better. Both Luca and Declan will be part of their respective regional age group teams for the finals.
In the other competition for those gymnasts who have been following the club grade path for set routines, Waveney had seven(7) boys in grade one(1) who were competing at this event for the first time. All these boys are aged over 8 and under 9.
Jamie Bretton scored a total of 46.95 to finish in 25th place with 8.65 0n vault and 8.20 0n pommel; Joshua Utting scored 54.00 to finish in 14th place with 8.80 on both pommels and parallel bars as well as two other scores above eight; Mason Cleverly scored a total of 55.65 to finish 12th with 9.60 on pommel and 9.05 on vault; Harley Hawes scored a total of 56.60 in 10th place and scores of 9.35 on pommel together with a further five scores above eight on the other apparatus; Alex Pelekanou scored a total of 57.00 in finishing 8th, which was helped by scores of 9.30 on pommel and 9.10 on parallel bars together with three other scores above eight; Kyle Davies scored a total of 59.15 to finish in 7th place with 9.55 on pommel, 9.40 on parallel bars and 9.10 on vault showing a consistent performance; Brodie Davis scored a total of 62.00 to finish in 2nd place and win the silver medal. An all around good day for Brodie with scores of 9.00 on floor, 9.60 on pommel, 9.10 on vault and 9.70 on parallel bars plus all other scores above eight. This group of boys performed well and Brodie will be a member of the regional team for this age group, with Kyle and Alex as reserves.
At the club grade level two category for boys under ten(10) years of age Gregor Belousov scored 61.30 to finish f4th in this age group. He produced scores of 9.50 on pommel, 9.35 on vault, 9.10 on parallel bars and 9.20 on physical preparation. Only one of Gregor's scores was just below eight so he had a very consistent all around competition and again was selected for the regional team. Well done to all these gymnasts and to their coaches Alex Row, Michael Garrod and Clark Gould in preparing them for this event. Thanks also go to Declan Ayers for his attendance at the competition to represent the club as a qualified judge.