ALEX STRACHAN CUP 2002
As the British Championships approach in November Britainís Sports Aerobics Athletes attended this event, the first real major home event of the year. Heathrowís entry was the biggest yet for this competition as the athletes tried out new routines and some of the new rules of the code. Athletes in the u16 category had to extend their routines from 1.10 to 1.45 as they had recently returned from the French Open where the requirements for the length of the routine were shorter. The scores from this competition as well as the Welsh Open and British Championships will also be used to pick the future national squads, so a good performance at all the events is essential.
Female Individual/Pairs U12
Here Heathrow entered four athletes with former U10 British Champion and 2001 British silver medallist Vicky Chagger coming out at the top of the pile. Vicky just missed out on a medal by 0.1 scoring 11.85 to take 4th place. She had the highest difficulty score of the group. Taking seventh and ninth place respectively were Rosie Webster (10.70) and Michelle Faircloth (10.10) Michelle and Rosie also work together as an U12 pair and they took the silver medal in this event scoring 8.40 just 0.5 behind the gold medallists. Also in this category was Kerry Dixon who came in 16th with 8.70.
Female Individual U14
Here Heathrow again entered 4 athletes, again finishing just outside of the medals in a tough and talented group. Christine Adams took 4th place, 0.3 behind a bronze medal with a score of 10.30. A better difficulty score would have put her up in the medals. Meghan Davies was in 5th with 9.70 and Stephanie Fois closely followed her with 8.70. for 9th place. In the forthcoming British Championships all FIG categories will have a qualification round first with the top eight athletes going through to the finals the next day. So all these athletes will have to work hard to ensure they have a chance of winning a medal. Jacqui Bamforth came 12th with 6.90.
Male Individual U14
For the last 3 years Joseph Denton has moved from U10 through U12 and now under 14 winning the British each year. He has not always had many fellow athletes to challenge him but has worked hard to maintain his high level of skill and artistic routines. At this competition two other athletes joined Joseph to challenge for a medal. Joseph performed well to take the gold with 8.70 but his challengers were not far behind.
Female Individual U16
Here Heathrow gained their second medal of the competition with Lauren Barton scoring 11.55 to take the bronze medal. Laurenís trio partner Chelsey Dixon also competed scoring 9.25 to finish 12th.
Female Individual 17yrs FIG
Here Heathrow took the gold and silver medals with Katie Cannon scoring 12.60 to take gold and Ria Cousins with 11.40 for the silver medal.
Female Individual Level 1 O 18ís
Here Laura Hayter performed well scoring 9.75 to take the bronze medal missing out on the silver medal by only 0.15.
Female Individual Senior FIG
Here Joanna Griffin has moved up to the senior ranks looking to secure her place in the national team and compete against the senior individuals. Joanna came third taking the bronze medal behind the 2001 British champion. Joanna scored 10.55 and will be looking to maintain her position in the upcoming Welsh and British championships.
Here Sarah Yusufu, Lauren Barton and Chelsey Dixon performed as a trio for the first time on home ground. They have already won an international medal this year as a trio. Here they scored 9.73 for the silver medal missing the gold by only 0.07 of a mark!
Trio 17 yrs
Here the Heathrow trio continued their winning ways scoring 13.22 for the gold medal. Charlotte Murray, Ria Cousins and Katie Cannon are current British champions and have enjoyed international success winning several medals at competitions this year.
The introduction of the 6-team category saw Heathrow enter the first ever all club team consisting of all U 14 athletes. Stephanie Fois, Sarah Muggeridge, Meghan Davies, Jacqui Bamforth, Christine Adams and Kirsty Banfield make up the team and all also compete as individuals. They performed well in their first competition scoring 8.94 to win gold.
Overall the competition was a good start to the season of upcoming domestic
championships with Heathrow taking away 17 medals in all.
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