ALEX STRACHEN CUP 2001

On Sunday 1st July 2001 many of the countries Sports Aerobics athletes gathered at Pinewood Gymnastics club in Bracknell for The Alex Strachen Cup. This competition is the first competition of the season in Britain and provides the athletes with a warm up for the Welsh Open Championships and the British Championships later in the year. This was also the first domestic competition where the new code of points would be in force.

Heathrow sent 11 athletes to the competition and here is how they did.

In the Under 12 fig female individual section Rachel Murphy came away with the top prize of the gold medal. She scored 13.85 with her lively Latin routine. Winning the bronze medal for Heathrow with a score of 13.25 was Michelle Faircloth. This was an excellent result for Michelle as she has only recently begun the sport and this was one of her first competitions. Also in this group was Kirsty Banfield who was 6th with 12.25, Rosie Webster 7th with 11.60 and Kerry Dixon 10th with 10.50. Rosie and Kerry have only just moved up into this age group from the u10ís so they did well in this there first year at this age level.

In the U14 section Sarah Yusufu performed a stunning routine to run away with the gold medal. She scored 15.55 one mark more than the athlete in second place! Sarah was second in this age group at the 2000 British championships and will be looking to improve on this placing later this year at the British in Birmingham. Christine Adams who has moved up into this category this year scored 13.50 finishing seventh.

In the U16 Pairs section Charlotte Walcott and Lauren Barton performed a good routine to score 13.35 and take the gold medal. They had both just returned from the French Open Championships held the previous weekend, their first international event. Here they performed there individual routines Charlotte finished 1st and Lauren finished 5th, a brilliant result. They have both moved up this year to the u16 age group and will be hoping to dominate this category as they did the u14 last year.

Lastly we saw Joanna Griffin in the Fig 17 years full code category. She too had just returned from France where she represented Great Britain in the junior event placing 13th in very strong international field. Joanna took first place with 13.25.

Overall it was very successful competition for the club and they will be looking to build on these successes in the Welsh and British Championships later in the year.




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