Heathrow Sports Aerobics Wins 10 Gold's at the British Sports Aerobics Championships 2000.

On the weekend of 7th - 8th October the Cocks Moors Woods Leisure centre played host to the 2000 British Sports Aerobics Championships. Heathrow entered 27 athletes and won ten British titles overall. These were the 7th British championships to be held and for the second year running we were joined by a team from Sweden. Each year the championships has grown this year 180 athletes competed. Below are all the results of the Heathrow team.

FIG Level 6, under 10 Heathrow dominated in this category with four athletes entered. It was a very close competition and Vicky Chagger (8.95) won the gold medal with a superb routine which impressed the judges. She was closely followed by Liliana Walduck (8.5) in the Silver medal position and Rosie Webster (8.25) Bronze. Kerry Dixon (6.7) was competing in her first major competition and came a creditable fourth.

FIG Level 5, under 12 This year this category was extremely competitive. The Heathrow girls performed good routines but sadly missed out on the medal positions. Christine Adams (9.8) just missed the Bronze medal, coming fourth. She was closely followed by Rachel Murphy (9.6) in sixth position with Meghan Davies (9.0) in 7th and Kirsty Banfield (6.65) in 9th. Meghan and Kirsty performed really well in this, their first competition.

FIG Level 5, under 12 male individual Here Heathrow`s lone male competitor, Joseph Denton (7.8) once again walked away with the Gold. He performed well, entertaining the crowd with his expressive style and challenging routine.

FIG Level 4, under 14 Here Heathrow took all the medals with Charlotte Walcott (13.3), 1999 under 14 British champion, taking Gold by over a mark from her nearest rival. In Silver position was Sarah Yusufu (11.8) who was 1999 under 12 British champion and did really well as this is her first year in this age group. Lauren Barton (11.7) took the Bronze medal in a close fought second and third place battle. Also representing Heathrow in this age group was Katie Hobbs (9.9), 7th position, Chelsey Dixon (9.65), 9th and Emma Beadle (9.15), 12th place. Katie has done well after a recent leg injury and has worked hard to be able to compete in this competition

FIG Level 4, under 14 pairs Here Gold and Bronze medalists Charlotte Walcott and Lauren Barton teamed up to take Gold in the pairs category. They won this event with a score of 12.35 over two marks ahead of the Silver medal pair. Well done to Lauren and Charlotte.

National Aerobic Code Level 4, under 14 pairs Heathrow were again victorious in this event with Nina Craig and Sarah Muggeridge taking the Gold. They recently won the Welsh open in this category and have only been a pair for around two months. They have worked hard to achieve this success.

FIG Level 3, under 16 Here Heathrow only had two representatives but Charlotte Murray (13.05), competing her new routine for the first time, walked away with the Gold medal. Her nearest rival was over two points away. Katie Hopkins (10.0) came 7th with a good routine. away with the gold medal.

FIG Level 2, under 18 Here Laura Hayter (10.7) won her first medal in Sports Aerobics gaining the Bronze.

FIG New Full Code under 18 This was a special category added for the championships so that those looking to compete in future international competition could include any level of difficulty in their routines. Here Heathrow had another clean sweep of medals with Rosie Glossop (13.2) taking the Gold medal. Last year Rosie came third in the under 16 category and has worked really hard to improve her routine to take Gold in this competitive age group. Selina John (11.95) won the Silver medal and Joanna Griffin (11.4) was in Bronze medal position.

FIG New Full Code under 18 pairs Normally Joanna, Rosie and Selina work as a trio but because Selina injured her knee in her solo performance Joanna and Rosie made some hasty alterations to their routine and were allowed to compete as a pair. Here they took the Gold medal with a score of 12.15.

FIG Seniors Female Individual Here three times junior British champion Kerry Scotts was looking to add the Senior crown to her list of titles. She had strong competition from Louise Russell, former mixed pair British champion, and the three visiting Swedish internationals. Kerry performed a good routine to score 15.65 beating Louise into second place.

FIG Seniors Trio Here Heathrows trio of Sarah Needham, Anoushka Mistry and Kelly Snape faced tough competition from the Swedish trio, who finished in the top 20 in the last World championships. The girls performed an excellent routine packed with difficulty to gain the highest marks of the whole championships scoring 16.43. The Swedish trio of Cecilia Forsstedt, Madeleine Larsson and Lasse Lychnell scored 16.03 taking the Silver medal. Kerry teamed up with Sophie Burden and Lauren Cannon to perform in this trio section. This was Sophie and Laurens first competition and they did well to take the Bronze medal with a score of 14.21.

Overall the club did really well. Coaches Gary Jarvis and Natalia Ilienko-Jarvis are very proud of all their athletes hard work and determination in gaining these excellent results. Thanks also go to Jo Stevens and Sandy Chagger for helping to coach on the day and to all the parents who volunteered to help on the day to make the championships such a great success

Special thanks to Mrs Hobbs from Chameleon (medical Communications) for sponsoring the team and providing them with club T-shirts.

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