The competition season is underway for our gymnasts at HGA and for some of our younger gymnasts this has been their first time performing choreographed routines on a competition floor, in front of judges. Our performance squad gymnasts have also had the opportunity to try out new partnership.
The First Competition of 2018…
Spelthourne Gymnastic Club hosted the first two day competition in early February with some of the best clubs from around the country, participating in ‘grades’ and ‘age group’ categories.
We had a number of National Development Programe (NDP) level gymnasts competing for the first time over the two day event in mixed pairs categories, men’s pairs, women’s pairs and women’s groups. With new partnerships, routines and competing for the first time for many, in a highly competitive field, this was a great learning and development experience for them all.
With a good clean round, our men’s pair performed their upbeat grade 4 routine and took silver, narrowly missing out on the gold medal by 0.5 of a mark. The HGA pair scored 25.100 with the Richmond winners getting 25.150.
Our senior women’s trio performed their three routines: balance, dynamic and combined (a combination of their balance and dynamic skills), to take the gold medal on the day. This was good preparation for the girls before the forthcoming British Championships in Stoke.
The British Championships…
Unfortunately injury plagued many of the gymnasts hoping to compete at the biggest competition of the year – the British Championships. This competition is for performance gymnasts who compete in age group catergories, 11-16, 12-18, 13-19 in women and men’s pair, women’s group, mixed pairs, men’s groups and seniors.
Despite huge disappointment at not being able to compete, many of the HGA performance squad gymnasts went along to Fenton Manor Sports Centre, in Stoke -on Trent, to support the women’s senior trio as they competed in a highly competitive and exciting field at the British Championships.
The women’s senior trio took Bronze medal after a great ‘combined routine’ in the finals of the competition, which gives them an overall ranking of 3rd in the UK. Well done girls!
Our NDP and Performance squads are now busy preparing for the ‘Premlims’ Competition being held in Dartford, on 25th March, which is the precursor to the National Finals in May, for all gold medalists on the day.
For our younger general gymnasts, they are busy preparing for our Club championships on Sunday 4th March 2018, where there will be a chance to show parents their progress. They will also have an opportunity to win medals too. So pop that date in your diary, as the young gymnasts are always proud to show what they have achieved.
Remember, hard work, commitment and enthusiasm produces results!