Over the weekend competition of the Poole Open Championships for gymnasts with a disability, the Waveney Gymnastics Club were represented by fourteen different youngsters in a variety of categories, identified by their particular special needs. The whole competition is one of the biggest and most prestigious in the country with gymnasts from across the United Kingdom taking part. The organisation to get the gymnasts to the event, confident in their routines, accommodation booked is a major task and the parents, families and coaches involved with this weekend are to be congratulated on the success that occurred as a result of their combined efforts. The competition involves participation in gymnastics and for some gymnasts also trampoline routines.


In the competition there are medals awarded for the individual apparatus places for the top three and overall medals for the final total positions of the top three. The gymnastics competitions were as follows:-


Level B, Under 9 year old girls:- Madeline Reeder on Floor 17.20 (2nd); Vault 17.50 (2nd). The winner of two silver medals.


Level 1, Under 9 year old girls:- Hollie Williams on Floor 16.90 (4th); Vault 18.20 (3rd); Beam 16.35 (4th). Winner of the bronze medal on vault.


Level 1, Under 12 year old girls:- Sophie Anderson-Field on Floor 16.60 (4th); Vault 18.90 (4th); Beam 15.80 (3rd). A bronze medal on beam.

Aya Bendaoud on Floor 17.35 (1st); Vault 19.00 (2nd); Beam 18.20 (1st). Two gold and a silver medal for Aya on the day.


Level 2, Under 9 year old girls:- Poppy Weddle on Floor 15.80 (1st); Vault 19.00 (1st); Beam 17.40 (1st). Poppy finished with three gold medals.


Level 2, Under 16 year old girls:- Chloe Jacobs on Floor 17.10 (2nd); Vault 19.20 (1st); Beam 18.45 (2nd). So two silver and one gold medal for Chloe.

Megan Hobson on Floor 18.70 (1st); Vault 18.80 (2nd); Beam 19.00 (1st). giving Megan two gold medals and a silver for her three pieces of apparatus.


Level B, Under 9 year old boys:- Ashton Swallows on Floor 18.40 (1st); Vault 18.80 (1st). Ashton picked up two gold medals.

Harry Beaumont-Smith on Floor 17.65 (3rd); Vault 18.60 (2nd). So a silver and bronze medal for Harry.


Level B, Under 12 year old boys:- Simon Booth on Floor 19.15 (1st); Vault 18.90 (1st). Simon therefore was awarded two gold medals for his competition.


Level B, Under 16 year old boys:- Alastair Belousov on Floor 14.55 (2nd); Vault 18.70 (2nd). Two well deserved silver medals for Alastair.


Level B, Under 21 year old boys:- Jack Witheridge on Floor 18.90 (1st); Vault 19.70 (1st). Jack won two gold medals for his competition. This is a real achievement for Jack who has been a committed member of the club for over ten years.


Level 1, Under 12 year old boys:- Lincoln Wilson on Floor 18.90 (1st); Vault 19.40 (1st); Parallel Bars 17.40 (2nd). Two gold and a silver medal for Lincoln on the day.


At the end of the gymnastics competitions the award for the disability gymnast of the year was made to each of the two outstanding individuals from the girls and boys sections. Megan Hobson was awarded the trophy for female disability gymnast of the year. Well done to Megan and all those who took part for such an outstanding set of results.


In the trampoline competition, which is either a 6, 8 or 10 bounce routine dependent upon the ability of the individual competitors we had thirteen taking part and their results were as follows. Again anybody in first, second or third place would have won gold, silver or bronze medals respectively.


In the 6 bounce routines the results finished:-

Under 9 girls:- Poppy Weddle 7.50 (4th); Madeline Reeder &.70 (3rd).

Under 12 girls:- Sophie Anderson- Field 8.50 (4th); Aya Bendaoud 7.40 (8th).

Under 9 boys:- Ashton Swallows 7.50 (2nd); Harry Beaumont-Smith 6.50 (3rd).

Under 12 boys:- Simon Booth 7.60 (3rd); Lincoln Wilson 7.80 (1st).

Under 16 boys:- Alastair Belousov 6,40 (4th).

Under 21 boys:- Jack Witheridge 6.90 (4th).


In the 10 bounce routines the results finished:-

Under 16 girls;- Chloe Jacobs 8.37 (2nd); Megan Hobson 8.64 (1st).

Under 16 boys:- Jack Jacobs 8.40 (1st).


At the completion of the competition the Waveney Gymnastics Club had a won a lot of medals with all the competitors doing extremely well over the weekend and the club coaches who have worked with them being delighted with them all. A huge recognition goes to Ellen Hutchings, the senior coach for disability gymnastics at the club and her team of staff who have helped prepare and accompany the gymnasts throughout the year, which includes. Holly Durbridge, Pam Laws, Callum Bell, Caitlin Dyer, Rebecca Lewis and Sandra Crowe.


The success of these youngsters within the sport of gymnastics is helping them make major improvements both physically and in their self esteem, which is a credit to the team involved and the support of their families. If any businesses or individuals would like to sponsor or support the club in its development to make greater progress with these youngsters and other members of the club, contact the club on 01502 501419 or email the club at waveneygym@aol.com


Report by J. Pawsey (Chairman) 23/10/2018