It seems like it has been non-stop competitions for so many recently and this weekend was no exception. But if we’re honest, we wouldn’t have it any other way!
The Gymspire competition is an opportunity for our competitive recreational gymansts and some of our main squad gymnasts who are working towards level 6, to compete. They compete on vault, trampette and floor and can compete at either Level 1 or Level 2. This is always an incredibly well supported event with over 270 gymnasts from across the South Central region taking part. The other 3 regions of Wales also hold their own competitions so the total number of gymnasts must be in excess of 1,000! All Stars had 24 gymnasts competing over the two days.
The weekend began early on Saturday morning with our 5 Level 1 age 11/12 girls taking to the floor. A tough ask to place for these girls with 40 gymnasts in this category alone. All girls performed super routines and it was especially good to see these girls have the opportunity to perform floor routines to music.
Round 2 saw our 8 year old and 13+ gymnasts. Abi and Evie both performed well with Abi placing ………… Lily-Mai, our only 13+ category gymnast, placed 4th on trampette. Lily has competed in many competitions during her time at All Stars but has decided that this was to be her last. She remains an asset to the club as a coach and we look forward to her developing her coaching role with us. In contrast, Regan was competing in his first competition. He performed with confidence and took home an awesome trophy as 8 in year, Phase 1 Disability champion. We hope to see Regan compete in more competitions in the future.
In round 3, we should have seen Catrin in the 11/12 level 2 category. Unfortunately, Catrin was struck down with a nasty virus in the week leading up to the competition and was unable to compete. We all felt for her as she has been with the club since the day we started and always puts her best efforts into training. Get well soon!
The day finished with our youngest girls showing us their skills. No placements for these ladies but more valuable competition experience gained, and some fantastic numbers made. Well done girls.
Day 2 began with our 9/10 Level 1 competitors. This must be the most hard-fought category with around 50 gymnasts taking part. Our 6 girls showed true team spirit, encouraging each other and supporting each other when nerves began to try and surface. The girls must be congratulated for taking the mature decision to play safe with their vault when they found the springboard very different to ours, opting for a secure vault rather than going for the bonus offered by a more challenging one. Great decisions made. Alongside these girls, Jonathan smiled throughout his competition. He smiled his way through solid, confident routines to achieve his trophy for age 9/10, disability Phase 2. Jonathan will now travel to Deeside this weekend to take part in the National Gymspire finals.
The final round of the weekend was another closely fought contest. Our 9/10 Level 2 team all performed great routines. Sienna placed 6th on vault and 3rd on trampette. She also qualified to be part of the South Central team at National Finals in Deeside. However, her trip up north was short lived. A trip to the doctor the following day to look at an injury aggravated during the competition, culminated in being told no gym for 2 weeks! Everyone is gutted for you Sienna! Recover well.
Thank you to all the coaches and volunteers who went to Aberdare to enable to gymnasts to compete. Thank you to Ceri for judging all weekend.
Welsh Tumbling Championships.
On Sunday, whilst day 2 of Gymspire was underway in Aberdare, the Welsh Tumbling Championships were beginning in Cardiff. 20 tumblers ranging from club level up to FIG level competed. Our gymnasts did themselves and the club proud by taking many podium places.
In the club level pathway, Finley took gold for the boys and Eva gold for the girls at club level 1. Amelia finished in silver. At club level 2 Lucy took the top spot and Summer W placed in silver. It was a clean sweep for our club level girls with Elli taking gold, Mia, silver and Meghan bronze. Unsurprisingly, these 3 also took team gold. Well done to all our club tumblers.
Following this, the gymnasts performed tumbles at differing levels and within their appropriate age group. Again, many fantastic tumbles were form with many gymnasts performing skills in competition for the first time.
Level 1 – Summer R took silver in her age group and must be congratulated for successfully competing a whip run for the first time in her voluntary run.
Level 2 – Evie and Sam both finished in gold medal position in their respective categories. Well done to Sam for successfully executing his full twist in competition for the first time!
Level 3 – Daisy and Helaina both performed 3 great runs. Daisy took gold and Helaina took silver.
Level 4 – Chloe and Tamzin both took bronze in their age groups. A special well done to Tamzin who competed with an injury.
Level 5 – Dylan powered down the track as only Dylan knows how and tumbled into gold in his age group. Charlotte and Bethan took gold and silver respectively in their age groups. A special mention to Charlotte who hasn’t competed for a little while having taken a break from training and competing, so a gold medal is all the more fantastic. We had 3 gymnasts in the 13+ category, 2 of which have not long returned to training. Niamh finished in 4th place, Abi suffered a fall at the end of one of her runs but still managed to secure bronze and finally Liv performed 3 solid, clean runs and was rewarded with a sliver medal.
FIG – We had 2 gymnasts venture into the FIG category for the first time. Alethea competed her 5 whips flick run in competition for the first time and placed 3rd. Unfortunately, Eleele did not have the best start to FIG competition. However, she will pick herself up and with the valuable lessons learnt, she will go on to get better results next time.
Thank you to Sian, Jamie and Niamh for their hard work and support with the gymnasts and to Sue for judging yet another competition.
Finally, thank you to all our parents and carers who bring the children to training, to competitions, sometimes having to get up at the crack of dawn to make registration times. Your support is invaluable! Next stop, volunteers evening and awards night!!