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
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
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
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.
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