Saturday 30th September saw 11 gymnasts make the long journey to Colchester from Milton Keynes to compete in a competition that was slightly different to what they are used too. “There was a more competitive feel to this comp than any of the other comps the girls have done before.” said coach Elliemay.
The girls had been practicing for weeks prior to the event with help from coaches Irene, Vicki, Sammii and Elliemay who were there on the day.
Sophie Lee Myers had a standout competition receiving medals on all 4 artistic events, 3 golds on bars, beam and floor and a bronze on vault saw the 12-year-old claim the most medals of the day. Loucie White took home 2 silvers for trampette and bars and third on beam, unfortunately, Loucie was just outside the medals for floor and just fell short of a podium finish. Mackenzie Butler (13) demonstrated some powerful vaulting where she was unlucky to get a medal, however, trampette saw her fly where she was rewarded with the gold medal.
Ruby Basquil got herself a bronze on the trampette after a shaky beam, again just falling outside the medals on the other apparatus. Eve Bailey clinched the bronze on the vault with Caitlyn Voong taking home a silver for her bars after a fall on the balance beam.
On the day all the girls showed great support and encouragement for their teammates, some of the girls were in large groups against gymnasts that train double the hours that they do so just missed out. Molly Clarke finished just outside the medals being a mere 0.05 off but made up for it on the floor where she performed her tumble without support after struggling in the weeks prior. Jessica Wycherley and Asami Gynn had clean routines throughout the competition with a solid trampette and a strong vault, however, were just unlucky to claim a podium finish. Evie Williams and Daisy Taylor performed brilliantly showing excellent bar work, strong floor routines and artistic flair on the beam.
Thank you to coaches Irene, Sammii, Vicki and Elliemay who were there on the day supporting and cheering on the girls.
All the gymnasts performed admirably and done the club proud, sometimes it’s just the luck of the draw, our sport is tough and teaches the girls that you don’t always get rewarded with a medal but perhaps in a different way with a clean beam routine or a new move, sometimes this has more meaning than any medal.