Poole Open

Medals galore for Waveney Special Needs Gymnasts.

At a recent competition held in Poole, Dorset the gymnasts from Waveney Gymnastics Club who attend our special needs classes travelled to the south coast for one of the biggest competitions held in the country. Clubs from across Great Britain entered a variety of gymnasts with special needs to take part in both trampoline and gymnastic competitions for different categories of disability. Under the coaching of Ellen Hutchings and supported at the competition by coach Kenadee Hosty, the youngsters gave an excellent account of their skills at all levels.

In the trampoline ten (10) bounce events the results were as follows: - for under twelve year olds Stephanie Sullivan scored 7.05 and 1st place; in the under sixteen year olds Emily Buck scored 8.45 and 2nd place; in the under twelve year olds Benjamin O'Keefe scored 8.75 and 1st place; in the same age group Harvey Goldsmith scored 7.80 in 2nd place and in the class for under sixteen year olds Jason Blyth scored 4.45 to be placed 2nd. All five competitors came away with a medal, what a great achievement for them.

In the girls gymnastic competition, which was on floor, vault and beam the youngsters had the opportunity to win individual medals for each of their exercises. At under twelve, level two Stephanie Sullivan scored 15.2 on floor, 18.9 on vault and 16.85 on beam where she won the bronze medal; also at level two for the under sixteen age group Emily Buck scored 15.55 on floor, 19.6 on vault and 18.35 on beam to win a gold medal on vault and beam.

The boys competition for gymnastics was held on floor, vault and parallel bars where at level one for under sixteen year olds Jason Blyth 16.5 on floor, 18.2 on vault and 15.0 on bars to be fourth on all three pieces of apparatus, so just missing a medal; at level two for under twelve year olds Harvey Goldsmith scored 18.8 on floor, 19.0 on vault and 16.05 on bars to win gold medals on floor and vault and silver on parallel bars; Benjamin O'Keefe in the same competition was very close with 18.2 on floor and silver medal, 18.8 on vault for bronze and 17.6 on bars to take the gold;

Any local company interested in sponsoring the youngsters of this section of the club or any other aspiring gymnasts should contact the club on waveneygymnastics@aol.com or phone to speak to a club officer on 01502 501419.