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Competition Results 2012

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Competition Reports 2012

Two Bronze Medals and a 4th place ranking for Oxford at the British NDP Finals

On 20th May 3 partnerships from Oxford took part in the NDP (National Development Plan) National Finals at Fenton Manor. This is the biggest NDP event in the BG calendar and is always a tough competition as it is only open to the winners of the 13 UK Regional preliminary competitions which precede the British Final. As such, all of our partnerships were already Regional champions, but this time were competing for National honours.

In an intense day of competition every partnership excelled. This was all the more impressive as a number of the girls had not competed at a national event before and was testament to the huge effort they had put into their tough competition build up.

First up were Molly and Victoria, both competing in a major event for the first time, though you would not have known it as their performance in the Grade 1 Women’s Pairs category was stunning. They produced a beautiful routine and took the Bronze medal, just 0.25 behind the winners.

Rowan and Fiona (Grade 2 Women’s pairs) also produced a great routine despite some nerves beforehand. On finishing the performance there was a surprise for Fiona who was called back to the floor so that the packed arena could sing Happy Birthday to her – to her embarrassment! However, this was soon forgotten when they realised that they too had taken the Bronze medal in their category!

Last but not least were the Grade 2 Trio of Abi, Eve and Lucy. Like their team mates, they too produced a personal best routine and were rewarded with technical and artistry scores that were on a par with the winning Trio and resulted in an outstanding 4th place despite not being on full difficulty tariff; ranking them number 4 in GB. Their performance proved, without doubt, what can be achieved if you really focus on excellence and give everything to competition build-up. It also showed that the clubs mantra of “it’s not what you do - it’s the way that you do it” is absolutely correct!

Congratulations to everyone -you are equal to the very best in UK and we are really proud of you!

Silver for Oxford at Inter-Regional Championships – 15 April 2012

The Inter Regional Championships, hosted by the Southern Region, was held in Southampton over the week end of 14 & 15 April, with 2 Oxford partnerships representing the Club as part of the Southern Region team. This selective entry competition is only open to Prep B and Grade 1 gymnasts who were placed 2nd, 3rd or 4th in their respective National Pre-lim competitions (held earlier in the year). It is a National competition in all but name and with gymnasts from 8 of the UKs regions taking part from as far afield as Wales, Yorkshire, and Devon, it was to be a hotly contested event, both for individual honours and the overall Team Trophy.

Both Oxford partnerships were competing in the Women’s Group category and with all the girls performing in the afternoon, an unusually civilised arrival time at the venue was possible. It was also great to see a small, but very vocal, number of Oxford gymnasts and supporters making the familiar journey down the A34 to cheer on their team-mates; your support really made a difference!

Amber, Ella and Lana competed first and controlling their nerves extremely well, stepped onto the floor to produce their best ever performance. The girls had worked particularly hard in the final days before the event and it really showed in their technical score, which was the highest in their category. Similar hard work on their artistry also contributed to making this their Personal Best Routine and earned them 7th place overall among a quality field. To put this into context, just 0.5 of a mark separated 2nd and 7th place!

Katie, Ashley and Hattie having taken the Bronze medal at the Southern Region Pre-lims were anxious to maintain their standing, but knew this was going to be tough given the quality of the other 14 Trios ranged against them. Like their team mates, some intensive ‘polishing’ of their routine in the 2 days before the competition - and in the warm-up gym on the day - was to pay dividends. While clearly feeling the pressure as they waited to perform, the girls nevertheless stepped out confidently and produced a great routine; clean, sharp and with the improvement in their artistry clear for all to see. They went straight into 2nd place and after nervously waiting for the last 5 Trio’s to compete, the result was confirmed; the girls had won the Silver medal!

The Overall Team Trophy was also hotly contested and at the end of the day, Southern Region was just pipped to the post by London, who beat us by 0.6 of a mark. This tiny margin represented the combined total of the scores of 12 routines and once again shows how close the overall competiton had been. 

Congratulations to both Trio’s, you were fantastic and produced terrific performances - we are very proud of you. Thanks also to our newly qualified assistant coaches who really made a difference in the final preparation of all the gymnasts, particularly Gabby for her expert ‘Routine polishing’ and Becky, who at her first competition as a coach, made sure that both Trios were perfectly prepared to perform at their best.

Bronze at British Championships 23rd - 25th March 2012

4 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze at the Regional Prelims! 10 March 2012

The Southern Region Prelims is always hotly contested being the selection event for the National Finals and this year, an unprecedented 14 partnerships from Oxford made the early morning journey down the A34 to Southampton.

The event opened with a new category (Tier 2) for Prep B and Grade 1 gymnasts who train less than 6 hours a week. Two Oxford pairs performed in this section and first up were April and Carla, who were competing together for the first time. Despite a few nerves the girls gave a strong performance and scored a very creditable 26.10, ultimately earning them 4th place; a great result for their first ever performance. Next up were Elspeth and Anna, who, having competed together previously used this experience to good effect, producing the Gold medal winning routine with an impressive score of 27.05. In the regular Prep B category, another new partnership – Esme and Flora – also gave a strong performance, finishing in 4th place among a field of 10 and earning themselves a place in the Southern Region Team for the forth coming Inter-Regional championships. In the Prep B women’s groups, another recent partnership - Emily T, Kirsten and Emily N - gave a fantastic performance until their very last balance, when an unfortunate slip pushed them down into 5th place, a real shame as they had been doing so well.

Two Oxford Trios competed in the Grade 1 Women’s Groups, both had worked hard in the last few weeks to polish their routines and this really showed on the competition floor. In the end, only 0.04 separated the two Trios, with Katie, Ashley and Hattie just pipping Amber, Ella and Lana to the Bronze medal; both will represent the Southern Region at the Inter-Regional’s in April. In the popular Grade 1 Women’s pair’s category, fifteen partnerships were fighting for one place at the National Finals, including the Oxford pairings of Emma and Abi, and Molly and Victoria. In a tight competition, where ultimately, a single point was all that separated 1st to 8th place, Molly and Victoria simply excelled and produced a beautiful routine which rightly won them the gold medal. Emma and Abi also produced their best ever routine, finishing in a very creditable 7th.    

 The Grade 2 Women’s Pair’s category was equally hotly contested with the judges initially unable to separate the 2 Oxford partnerships of Rowan and Fiona, and Xenia and Grace. Both scored 26.15, which agonizingly put them into joint first place. Ultimately the honours went to Rowan and Fiona who had the higher technical score, with Xenia and Grace taking the Silver, a bitter-sweet result for them, but one which they accepted most graciously. The third Oxford pairing of Aysha and Bryony also performed a lovely routine, but a lower difficulty tariff and a slight error meant that they missed out on the medals, nonetheless finishing in a commendable 4th place. More success followed in the Women’s Groups where after a nervous wait, Abi, Eve and Lucy took the Gold and also secured themselves a place at the National Finals. The Trio had worked particularly hard over the last few weeks to raise their game, so the result was just reward for their efforts.

There were only 3 entries in the Grade 3 Women’s Pairs, which is competed over 2 routines and 2 of the partnerships were from Oxford. Nina and Phoebe had the better Balance routine with strong artistry, while the new pairing of Laura and Heidi, who had only performed together once before, produced a great dynamic routine which reflected their hard work to improve technique during the build-up to the competition. With the scores added together, Laura and Heidi just beat their team mates to the Silver medal, with Phoebe and Nina taking the Bronze.

Congratulations to everyone who took part, you were a credit to yourselves and to the Club! The final tally of results for the day was 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze. In addition, 3 partnerships have been selected to compete at the National Finals at Fenton Manor in May and a further 3 will represent Southern Region at the Inter Regional Championships in April. Well done to you all!

King Edmund International Club Competition 18th/19th Feb 2012

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