ALEX STRACHAN CUP 3rd-4th
16 Gymnasts from Heathrow Aerobic Gymnastics Club competed last weekend
at the Alex Strachan Cup in Portsmouth. This was the very first national
event this year and also a very important one. The scores from the FIG
Competition played a role in the selection for the French Open Championships
in France, which will be held in May of this year.
Saturday was the NAC Day (National Code of Points), and Heathrow had
6 gymnasts competing in the national development competition. A total
of 30 competitors from 13 different clubs took part in this event. Heathrow
had 3 newcomers: Hiba Omer, 10; Helen Turner, 11; and Rhian Thomas, 11.
Also competing was Chloe Byne who competed for the first time last year
at the Welsh Open. The girls were simultaneously excited and nervous,
however, they did their best and enjoyed the experience.
Chloe Byne made mistakes in the supports family and had a deduction of
0.5 for a missing group. Chloe scored 12.9 and came in 22nd. Helen Turner
made some technical errors in two of her difficulty elements and this
affected her total score. She received a score of 12.9 and came 21st.
Rhian Thomas scored 12.25 and took 28th place. Occasionally, as we all
know, the presence of a crowd can be overwhelming, and so, for Hiba, the
spotlight erased her memory of her routine”
However, she was allowed to perform her routine once more just for the
crowd who supported her with great cheers. We know that next time, Hiba
will be better prepared to compete under the pressure of competition.
In Group 1, Heathrow Aerobics Gymnastics was represented by Ella Decruz,
Siana Williams and Emma Bevan.
All three girls performed very well and managed to improve on their scores
from last year.
|Ella Decruz had a total score of 14.85 and took home well deserved
Siana Williams received a total score of 14.6 and came in 7th.Emma Bevan
made fantastic progress and managed to score 14.7, but, after a line deduction
of 0.1, had to settle for the total score of 14.6 and 8th place.
Heathrow Aerobic Gymnastics had 10 gymnasts competing on Sunday.
In Group 1, with Sophie Lewis absent due to injury, the Heathrow team
was represented by Tyler Ansell and Emily Keane. Both girls had recently
moved from the NAC into the FIG, and this was their first competition
in the FIG.
Both girls performed very good routines and were full of confidence. Out
of 19 gymnasts from 7 different clubs, Tyler Ansell was 8th with a score
of 15.05 and Emily Keane came in 10th with a score of 15.00.
In the Group 2 Competition, 17 gymnasts competed from 7 different clubs.
Heathrow had 5 competitors in this age group. Rosie Webster had a total
score of 17.00, just barely missing the bronze medal by 0.3. Rosie was
very closely followed by Siana Shipley, who performed a beautiful routine,
scoring 16.2, although we feel that Siana deserved a much higher score
for artistic. Siana took 5th place. Sian Hill who is going from strength
to strength had presented a very good routine but made some technical
errors and had to settle for the 7th place with a total score of 15.95.
Natalie Green, still recovering after her shoulder injury, had scored
15.00 and was 12th, followed by Kirsty Banfield with a total score of
15.00. In our opinion, Kirsty should have been given a much higher score
on her artistic. However this time she was placed 13th.
|In the group2 Trios competition Heathrow had a trio of Natalie Green,
Sian Hill and Rosie Webster. The girls been only working together
for three weeks and had a brand new routine. They performed very well
and had a total score of 15.850 receiving a very well deserved gold
In the senior competition, Heathrow Aerobics Gymnastics had two gymnasts:
Christina Fosshiem and Stephanie Fois. Stephanie presented a very-well
executed routine, scoring 8.00 in artistic and scoring the second highest
difficulty score of 2.150. Stephanie scored 17.35 but sadly missed out
on the bronze medal by a mere 0.25. Christina Fossheim made some mistakes
in her difficulty elements, losing the supports family, and this unfortunately
gave Christina a heavy deduction of 0.5. Christina scored 15.7 and came
in 6th. Both girls will be eligible for the National squad trial next
weekend in preparation for the French Open Championship.
We hope that Christina will have a chance to show everyone what she is
capable of achieving because we know Christina has massive potential.
In the senior individual male competition, Sherrick Reid performed for
the fist time and made everyone proud. He performed a very strong routine
with powerful jumps and good dynamic strength elements. Sherrick had a
total score of 14.950 and received a gold medal! We think Sherrick has
tremendous potential to be a very successful competitor in aerobic gymnastics
in the future.
Comments: This event is the very first competition this year, and our
team has performed well. The Club’s Gymnasts came away with 1 silver and
2 gold medals that we are all very proud of. We would like to congratulate
all our gymnasts on their participation and performances at the Alex Strachan
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