Alex Strachan 2005
The National Aerobic Code (NAC) competition took place on Saturday 25th June at Bracknell Leisure Centre. Heathrow had three athletes taking part. In the National Development level (under 11) Emily Keane, now gaining in competition experience, came 11th with a score of 13.4. Team mate Eden Rigg, competing for the first time, also did very well coming 16th out of 28 with 13.04. In the Group 1 (12-14) competition, Lauren Sargood, another first timer, put in a splendid routine coming 4th out of 27, just 0.05 away from bronze and a little over half a mark from the winner.
The FIG (Federation International de Gymnastique) competition was on Sunday. This tests the athletes against international standards and, nationally, was the first time the new European coding was used. Over 70 aerobic gymnasts from 14 clubs took part.
In Group 1, Vicki Chagger just missed out on a medal by 0.05 with a good score of 15.45. Rosie Webster did well, coming 7th with 15.2. Jenna Nola, Jessica Tippen and Natalie Green came 11th, 14th and 19th respectively, all with scores over 14. Sophie Lewis made a mistake in an element costing her a whole mark deduction leaving her 25th out of 28. The Group 1 trio competition was very tightly fought with three of the trios, including two from Heathrow, all scoring 14.650 in second place. There was a very tense wait while the count back system was applied. In the end silver was won by Sophie, Vicki and Rosie, who had the higher execution score, and Jenna, Jess and Natalie were pushed into 4th place by Bulmershe, who had a higher artistic score. Both H’row trios were newly formed this year so must be congratulated for doing so well against the experience of Bulmershe and the Pinewood winners.
In Group 2 (15-17), Heathrow dominated the scene with 5 of the top 10 places. Stephanie Fois performed excellently, beaten into second place by just 0.1 and Chelsey Dixon was only a further 0.25 behind taking bronze. Rachel Murphy and Siana Shipley came 5th and 6th respectively, with Kirsty Banfield in 8th place, still only 1.55 behind the winner. Jacqui Bamforth and Fran Murphy both suffered difficulty deductions of one mark pushing them into 17th and 18th places. Wearing striking blue and gold leotards which complemented their Aladdin music, the trio of Chelsey, Stephanie and Rachel were the run away winners with 17.05. Jacqui, Siana and Kirsty mastered some tricky holds to take the silver with 15.45.
In the Senior competition, Katie Cannon stormed ahead, performing the most technically difficult routine of the day with energy and artistry scoreing the highest score 18.90. Lorraine Shortland came a very meritable 4th.
Code Athlete Age Category Score Position
Repot By Val Lewis
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