Last weekend, 21 All Stars gymnasts competed in the final league competition in the Quatro League. TeamGym is a fairly new discipline but is growing exceptionally fast in Wales. With gymnasts flying down the tumble track and towards the trampette before the previous gymnast has completed their run, it leads to an exciting spectacle. The upbeat music each team chooses to compete their runs to all adds to a great atmosphere.
Our Level 6 minis kicked the weekend off. We entered 2 teams into this category. Bearing in mind that the mini age group is technically 7-11 and we had some gymnasts who are not even 6 until next year, they performed brilliantly against older competitors. For the league next year, there is to be a ‘Teenie’ category, so hopefully some of our younger gymnasts will be able to compete alongside similar ages.
Following our Level 6 minis, we saw our Level 5 minis take to the competition floor. Yet another very tight competition was seen. Whilst the team put in a superb trampette run, placing joint 1st, a slightly weaker tumble section meant they missed out on a medal by 0.1 marks! Lots of positives were taken away along with areas to work on for next year.
In the final round of day 1, our Level 5 youth team demonstrated their abilities. And they didn’t disappoint! Consistent tumbling and trampette work saw them take a very well deserved silver medal. Special mention to Sam for an amazing front som, front som tumble! But the medals weren’t over for this team. They also picked up a bronze medal for the 3rd highest score in all of Level 5 regardless of age group. A well deserved end to the league.
Day 2 began with the Level 4 youth team. This was a very closely fought contest. Many of these gymnasts are part of the Quatro Preparation Squad which meets for training once a month. Many gymnasts in these teams are upskilling their moves. Some pretty consistent work from our 3 girls enabled them to take a bronze medal. There was only 0.2 between 3rd and 2nd and 0.1 between 2nd and 1st! This shows just how close the teams all were.
Our final team was the hotly anticipated Level 4 senior team. It is still unsure as to how we actually got this team onto the entry form, but we did, and there they were! Watching them warm up alongside Level 4 junior teams and Level 3 youth teams was entertainment in itself. Let’s just say, work is needed on stamina! With 2 of the team being ex tumblers, there was a battle of tariffs involved during training. With each move having a different level of difficulty, the team entered into a game of one-upmanship against each other (who said this discipline was all about the TEAM?). Who won the contest is still being debated, however, Niamh landing a double twist puts her in with a good shout! It was great to see our coaches involved and giving our younger gymnasts something to aspire to. We hope to see them continue to do so in 2019.
TeamGym has been a new adventure for All Stars this year and has been received with great enthusiasm amongst gymnasts, coaches and parents. We now have a qualified TeamGym club judge and 3 of our coaches about to embark on their Level 2 TeamGym coaching qualification. Thanks must go to Alyson Gauregui for organising and running these leagues. Our gymnasts have certainly relished the opportunity. Watch out Quatro League 2019, we’re coming to get you! In the meantime, bring on the end of league party in January!