Trophies for local gymnasts

PUBLISHED: 11:41 07 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:42 24 May 2010

SPLITZ Gymnastics Club held their annual awards evening at Broadoak Community School and over 200 parents came to watch displays in floor work, vaulting and acrobatics that were performed by gymnasts aged four to 17 years. The club has been running over 2

SPLITZ Gymnastics Club held their annual awards evening at Broadoak Community School and over 200 parents came to watch displays in floor work, vaulting and acrobatics that were performed by gymnasts aged four to 17 years.The club has been running over 20 years and prides itself in offering all types of gymnastics from bars, beam, floor and vault through to acrobatics, tumbling and dance. Classes are held at Uphill, Hutton, Oldmixon and Broadoak Schools. Trophies were awarded for attendance to Amy Bond, Amilia Heslington, Eleana Reddington, Teigan Ledbury, Hannah Wilcox, Lea Wall, Rosie Hodder and Sorrell Jones.Most improved: Emily Dadds, Casey Lloyd Evans, Phoebe Santo, Danielle King, Daniella James, Chloe Walcot, Marilla Cawthorne, Amy and Rebecca Hodder and Rachel Jones.Best newcomers: Shauni Kirby, Courtney Lee Bowen, Jade Jennings Cooke, Hettie Chaplin, Libby Johnson, Evie Sully and Eleanor Robertson.Special achievements: Ethan Hetherington, Eleanor Bowers, Chelsey Wall, Hannah Capes, Charlotte Gordon, Bethany Turvey Sealey, Bethany Horsnell, Daisy Tucker, Lydia Moore, Carmen Benham, Byrony House, Danielle Long, Emily Hodder, Rosie Hodder, Faye Williams, Jasmine Dimmock, Laura Williams, Rachel Jones, Georgia Sheepwash, Kirsty King, Becky Clark, Daniella James, Sam Middleton, Josh Turnbull, Brooke Edwards, Kerrin Hawkings, Amber Jones, Emma Caney, Hannah Wilcox and Charlotte Cole.Services to the club: Mrs Cole, Mrs Edwards, Mrs Santo, Mrs Clark. Hedley Palmer (Pancho) Memorial Trophy: Kira Watkins. Gymnast of the year: Danielle Long.In a raffle for the club's nominated charity, MacMillan Cancer Support Team in Weston Hospital, for cancer patients and families, £73 was raised.Many thanks to Andy Darvill for the sounds and Broadoak PTA for refreshments.Those interested in joining this child-safe friendly club in September, please ring Sharon (01934 814451) or e-mail splitzgymclub@hotmail.comMONARCHS Acrobatic Gymnastics Club have just come back from a weekend at the South West Regional Championships with an excellent result.However, two of largest clubs have now moved into purpose built gymnasiums and are now producing some excellent young gymnasts for the future, currently at a fairly low level. King Edmund's Gym Club in Yate now have the use of a brand-new purpose built gymnastics centre which has been paid for by Bristol City Council and the lottery. They currently have 800 gymnasts to select from for competition work and because they have the full use of the gym their international gymnasts can train for the same number of hours but at whatever time they choose. As this time does not entail putting the equipment out and away again at the end of each session, these talented gymnasts are now coaching the young gymnasts as the club can afford to pay them to work as coaches. The other club who have just got their own premises is Checkers in Gloucester and although it is early days for them yet, there was a huge improvement in their gymnasts already. Results for Monarchs were:- South West Regional Tumbling Championships at Gloucester: Gold, Conor McKenna, Ashley Payne, Chris Rogers, Matt Short and Jessica Titcombe. Silver, Crystal Hale, Reuben Hambrough, Christian Sadiq, Sean McKenn and Rebecca Rolfe. Bronze, Emily Shortland, Joseph Petch and Gemma LewisSouth West Regional Floor Championships at Yate: Gold, Abby Edwards, Stephanie Barker and Connor Phillips; Matt Short and Sean McKenna; Zoe Jennings, Jordan Emmett and Jessica Titcombe. Silver, Ashley Payne and Ria Kelson; Naomi Baskwill, Rachael Brown and Georgia Green; Kerry Harvey, Zoe Council and Sophie McArdle; Jonathan Emmett and Abbie McArdle. Bronze, Helen Whaley, Clare Kingston and Nicole McArdle; Chris Rodgers and Gemma Lewis.Head coach Tony Merrett was invited by Matei Toderov, the GB team coach, to take the highest level of coaching IPC, international performance coach, this is by invitation only. Matei came to the club and worked with Tony and some of his gymnasts. Tony is now one of the elite acrobatic coaches, there are only six other IPC coaches in the country. He has also recently taken a course for a national judging award for which he has just received enabling him to judge competitions such as the British championships and tournaments. Congratulations also to two of the senior gymnasts, Naomi Baskwill and Jonathan Emmett, who have recently gained their regional judging qualifications.Senior gymnast Helen Whaley has been taking her HPC, high performance coaching qualifications, and is just about to take an exam in a couple of weeks time, which will enable her to run gymnastic sessions herself. The next competition for Monarchs is going to be in South Africa where four gymnasts will be competing as well as Tony coaching out there. This will be followed by an event in Wigan in September and then they are taking 30 gymnasts to Germany to compete in November, which leads up to the British tournament towards the end of the year.They have a website: www.monarchs. which has all the information on it should anyone be interested in joining the club, starting from gym tots upwards or telephone 01278 793457.CONGRESBURY Gym Club had a successful weekend competing at the South-West championships at Yate.In the preparatory A section, Ellen Owen and Charlotte Hudson performed a clean routine and gained fifth place, competing against 21 other partnerships. In the preparatory B section, Olivia Owen and Danielle Fowler showed great improvement, but a 0.3 time fault put them into eighth place out of 24 pairs.In the Grade 1 section, Chloe Loader and Gina Tozer performed a clean routine, but unfortunately missed a medal position, coming a worthy fourth against 34 pairs.The Grade 1 trio routine by Amber Evans, Kelly-Marie Frost and Amelia Frost showed a sharp, well executed routine to secure first place and gold medals against 22 pairs.The gymnasts train on Friday evenings at St Andrew's Junior School in Congresbury. New members are always welcome, contact 01934 876518 for details.

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