recently returned from San Diego in California with trophies and silverware in
a continued year of success for the award winning Bletchley based club.
A team of eight
gymnasts aged from 10 years old to 18 years old had an ordeal of a 25 hour trip
to San Diego after missing their connection in Texas due to all things…Rain in
trained for 10 days and then took part in an open competition against gymnasts
from California and a team from Texas in an epic 5 hour event.
The girls had 6
faultless Balance beam routines out of the eight girls, with amazing confidence
shown in their acrobatic routines. The girls clearly shone on beam and were the
strongest in depth.
They also performed
some excellent floor routines with
year old Hannah Bond opening the sequences with
a memorizing dance and
tumble sequence to Bolero music.
13 year old Poppy Gibbs
also back in form after her Christmas broken Ankle,
showed off her best ever routine with great confidence.
who also shone on floor was 12 year old
who opened up her
first tumble pass with a one and half full twisting straight somersault.
She closed her routine with a wonderful full twisting tumble pass.
Bex Whatmore the senior
player at 18
in the team lit up the arena with her special Live and let die
routine which turned many heads on the day.
A superb effort and
executed with her normal precision.
Sophie Fretwell aged 12 performed her new
routine with precise tumble
and stunning dance passages.
An all round good performance from
the ever improving gymnast.
member in the team was 10 year old
who was fearless in all areas, a brilliant show by the
6000 miles away from home and parents yet she lapped up the
experience working alongside the older girls..
The most artistic
gymnast was 13 year old Louisa Cuthbert
who had everyone watching her memorizing likeability in her dance choreography
and the final gymnast was 15 year old
Ellie Hewitt who had a solid performance on floor.
performed well on Bars and Vault but The Texas team and the Californian team
were clearly stronger on these two pieces as a team. It was without doubt the girls
strength on beam and floor which won them 1st place medals and the
awards of glass trophies of the Californian tri-classic Invitation.
Some of the
training they did was remarkable which was headed by one of the most famous
Gymnasts in the world in Cuban born Charlie Leon Tamayo who was only prevented
from a possible return to the USA Olympic team by injury.
Charlie ( Pictured) took the
girls to one of the worlds most famous landmark beaches… to Coronado beach and
Hotel where the girls thought wearing their swimming costumes they were in for
Instead they were watched by hundreds of bemused tourists as they were
put through a two hour grueling beach conditioning programme, an amazing sight
to witness over 30 gymnasts made to condition in searing sunshine. Head Coach Lloyd
White from Texas enjoyed putting the girls through their paces in the sea….
The group returned
home on the eve of the Olympics stronger fitter and weighing a little more
after their trophy collection was enhanced.
Head Coach Alan Armitage who took the group said " the girls worked really
hard and performed as well as I could really ask. They were also given the
opportunity to visit Hollywood and LA whilst we
were there so it was an educational visit as well as a sporting opportunity. To be coached
by a world class coach/gymnast in Charlie was such a bonus for them and for
myself. I think the highlight was seeing them condition on the beach….white
pasty English gymnasts against tanned USA girls with sun glasses on..that
really was something you don’t get here in MK, I think that memory will stay
with them for a lifetime.
Special Thanks to
Shawna and her Victory gymnastic club for being great hosts, also to NETT gym
from Texas who were wonderful alongside our own team of Molly Davies who was
just excellent and of course our own photographer Mr Paul. A superb away
performance by the very experienced travelling gymnasts.”