1 Gold and 3 Bronze Medals for
at the Alex Strachan Cup on 24th and 25th June 2006
at Bracknell Sports and Leisure Centre
Four great performances at the weekend were rewarded with medals; others
missed out by the merest tenths of a mark – the results from this first
event in the annual national aerobics calendar marked a promising start
to the year for Heathrow Aerobic Gymnastics Club.
Tyler Ansel and Siana Williams, both in their first ever national event,
were also in the first round of the NAC competition on the Saturday. Both
girls looked smart and confident, whilst performing their good clean routines.
Tyler was unfortunately given a difficulty deduction, otherwise she would
have finished in a medal position, but she still took 7th place with 13.050.
Shana wasn’t far behind scoring 12.700 to take 9th place out of 22 – both
were top 10 finishers!
The second round was the biggest group of the day with 37 competitors,
including 7 from Heathrow.Evelyn de Caro proved to be Heathrow’s star
– she stormed through the crowd with a good clean routine, smiling amazingly
to take the gold medal with a score of 15.100, which was over a mark clear
of her nearest rivals.
The battle for the silver and bronze medals in this round was so closely
fought that two decisions were made on the count-back rules. Emily Keane
performed a really good routine, smiling beautifully throughout so her
artistic score was good but having come in joint second with 14.050 she
lost out on the execution score. Delighted with her bronze medal, Emily
has improved three places since the British championships last year. Ella
Rigg, in her first competition, finished in joint 4th position with 13.950
and a tied execution score, then was pushed back into 5th by her artistic
score which was 0.5 lower – however an excellent result and a very promising
start to her aerobics career.
This was Eden Rigg’s third national event - she came 13th performing
a new routine to new music, which she will be able to improve upon for
the British. Ella de Cruz, Francesca Sargood and Abbey Tweddle did well,
especially as they have just come up from the recreational level. For
the British, they now need to learn some more artistic tricks and work
hard to improve their technical ability.
The second day of competition brought the FIG gymnasts to the floor.
Natalie Green’s existing routine had been tweaked recently, with the result
that she had the highest difficulty in the 12-14’s age group – executing
it well, she looked very relaxed and confident and was justly rewarded
with a bronze medal and a score just 0.45 behind the winner. Natalie’s
performance was all the more notable because unlike many of the girls
she beat she isn’t currently a member of the National Squad and the two
girls ahead of her recently represented GB at the World Age group Championships
in China. Sophie Lewis managed a good routine, which included a new element,
to take fourth place with 15.950, just 0.1 off a medal. Jenna Nola, smiling
well, performed a clean routine with a good back spin to vertical.
Rosie Webster was the first up in the 15-17’s for Heathrow. New to this
age category with the longer time requirement, she had a new routine to
show off. Rosie attacked the first half well producing a graceful and
flowing performance but couldn’t keep up the pace losing her straddle
turn (which is normally one of the best in the club). Rosie still finished
in the top ten with 15.700 – unlike Rosie, all eight competitors above
Rosie in the results table are National Squad members, which shows how
well she did. Kirsty Banfield was next up, again with a new routine –
she made a good confident start, executing the difficult A-frame well,
but it was not her best performance, possibly because she was in borrowed
trainers half a size too small! Kirsty finished 8th. Sian Hill had the
challenge of going up from NAC to FIG this season and coping with the
extra 15 seconds on routine length – having started well, she managed
to keep going after a poor straddle turn but although her coaches were
pleased, she was probably disappointed with her score of 15.300 and 13th
place. Stephanie Fois did a cracking first half but didn’t seem to recover
from a momentary loss of concentration – she actually scored exactly the
same as Sian but edged ahead with a fractionally better execution score.
Last up was Jacqui Bamforth, looking relaxed, she performed a good clean
routine, including a double L. She scored 16.65 and came fourth, a marvellous
achievement but sadly Jacqui was the third Heathrow girl to miss out on
a medal – this time by just 0.05, not even a pointed toe’s worth!
The senior round was without Katie Cannon, who is currently resting after
the French Open and the World Championships in China. Chelsey Dixon was
looking forward to putting up a good fight for one of the medals in Katie’s
absence but a previous injury prevented her from competing after the warm-up.
It was left to Christina Fossheim, competing in her very first aerobics
competition, to carry the Heathrow banner. She did the club proud: a very
graceful, elegant and neat routine, demonstrating her able gymnastic background,
secured her the bronze medal with 16.800. Several judges were heard to
comment on her obvious talent.
In a competition which saw other gymnasts receive silly deductions, the
girls from Heathrow can be thankful for the meticulousness of their coaches,
Gary and Natalia Jarvis, who ensure they
have the best possible chance of doing well and to Ria Cousins for all
her coaching support. As a team the girls can be rightfully proud of themselves,
not least for the way they behaved and their overall turn-out but also
for the support they gave each other.
Next stop - our very own Heathrow Open, which for the first time this
year is transferring to Bracknell Leisure Centre to host Britain’s first
ever International Aerobics Club Meeting. Watch this space for further
Alex Strachan Cup Results
||Evelyn de Caro
||Ella de Cruz
Repot By Val Lewis