WELSH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2006
On November 18-19, 2006, the Welsh Institute of Sport once
again played host to the Welsh Open/Closed Championships in Aerobic Gymnastics.
The Welsh Open Championships is the third biggest event of the year and
one of the three competitions that is taken into consideration for National
Squad testing. All competitors were trying to do their best routines to
impress the judges and gain the highest score. Heathrow Aerobic Gymnastics
Club had entered 16 gymnasts into the competition. Seven gymnasts competed
in the National aerobics code competition (NAC) and 9 gymnasts took part
in the International aerobic code competition (FIG). Some of the gymnasts
are very experienced and have competed in international and national events,
but some of the gymnasts were competing for the first time.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2006
First on the stage were gymnasts from the Foundation Level. Twenty competitors
from 8 clubs were entered in this round. This was the youngest category
of the competition. All of the gymnasts in this category must be 9 years
of age in the year of the competition. Competitors must perform a routine
that is 1 minute 15 seconds in length and include some compulsory elements.
Heathrow Aerobics Gymnastics Club had one gymnast competing in this section.
This was the very first competition for Chloe Byne. Chloe worked really
hard on her routine before this competition and was looking forward to
showing the judges her new routine for the first time. She performed a
delightful routine with enthusiasm and charisma. Chloe scored all her
difficulty elements and received a total score of 14.050, finishing 10th
out of 20 gymnasts. It is a very promising start for Chloe. Her coaches
are very pleased with her achievements and excited about her future.
Next on the competition floor were 35 competitors from the National Development
Level, representing 10 clubs. Heathrow Aerobic Gymnastics Club was represented
by three gymnasts: Tyler Ansel, Siana Williams and Emma Bevan.
Both Tyler and Siana had already competed in 2 national events this year
with Tyler receiving a bronze medal at the British Championships. For
Emma Bevan this was her first ever competition in aerobics gymnastics.
Emma was first to compete out of the 35 gymnasts – not an easy task, considering
it was her first competition. She performed a good routine losing only
one element out of eight she performed but was lacking confidence and
was understandably nervous. With a score of 14.050 Emma took 19th place.
Next up was Siana Williams, who tried very hard to impress the judges
with her routine and received one of the highest difficulty scores in
her age group, 0.75. Scoring 14.5 in total Siana improved on her score
from the British Championships by 0.45 and took 11th position.
Then it was Tyler Ansel taking the stage with her exciting routine. She
did the club proud with her confident and precise performance. Tyler scored
all of her difficulty elements and shared the highest difficult score
with Siana. She also had the second highest artisitic score in this age
group. Scoring 14.65 in total she improved on her score from the British
Championships by 0.3. However the same score of 14.65 in total and 7.00
on artistic was also achieved by another gymnast whom scored 0.1 higher
then Tyler on execution and sadly this time she had to settle for forth
place, which is still a brilliant result for Tyler.
Later on it was time for the Group 1 ( 12-14 ) gymnasts to compete for
the medals. Heathrow Aerobic Gymnastics Club was relying on two gymnasts
in this category: Emily Keane and Ella De Cruz. The girls had to compete
against 29 gymnasts from 10 clubs.
First it was Ella performing her routine. She had more confidence in her
showmanship and was much better on execution than at the British Championships,
scoring 7.3 – the highest execution in this age group. Ella received 1.8
on her difficulty, scoring every single element in her routine. The total
score for Ella was 15.00, which is 1.2 better then her score at the British
Championships. Ella De Cruz finished in 7th place, four places higher
then at the British Championships. What a fantastic result for Ella!
Then it was the time for Emily Keane to show her energetic routine. She
a solid routine with much better presentation and sharpness than at the
British Championships. Emily received 7.2 on execution which is 0.4 better
then at the British Championships and a total score of 15.25, which is
0.55 better then at the British Championships. Emily Keane came second
and was presented with a silver medal.
Coach Gary Jarvis commented: “It is amazing how much the girls had improved
since the British Championships and it is great to see their confidence
grow from one competition to another. All the girls worked really hard
and are an absolute pleasure to coach. Everyone at Heathrow Aerobic Gymnastics
Club is proud of there achievements.”
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2006
After a very successful NAC Competition it was time for the FIG competitors
to step into the spotlight. Heathrow Aerobic Gymnastics Club had entered
9 gymnasts into this competition. Five of the girls are current GB National
Squad Members and Heathrow was relying on them and their experience.
First it was Group 1 (12 to14 years) fighting for the medals. A total
of 22 gymnasts from 8 clubs had entered this competition. Eight of them
are National Squad gymnasts. Heathrow had two competitors in this category:
Sophie Lewis and Natalie Green.
First was Natalie. She looked confident and focused. She performed her
energetic routine with sharpness and enthusiasm. Unfortunately Natalie
only scored 7.150 on artistic (which was very much underscored, in our
opinion). For the same routine at the British Championships she received
an artistic score of 7.8. However 7.15 on artistic and a total score of
15.45 were not enough and Natalie had to settle for 15th place.
Later it was Sophie Lewis trying to impress the judges. In her preparation
for the Welsh Open Championships she had injured her hip and was still
determined to compete. Sophie looked strong and confident and managed
to perform a good routine, but in places did not look as sharp as usual.
She received the highest difficulty score of 1.4 in this age group and
a total score of 16.100, but still had to settle for 7th place.
After Group 1 it was time for Group 2 competitors to step on the floor.
Fourteen gymnasts from 7 clubs had entered this category. Eight of them
are National Squad members. Most of these gymnasts had a very busy year
and had competed at different national and international events. Heathrow
had 5 gymnasts in this group: Jacqui Bamforth, Siana Shipley, Kirsty Banfield,
Sian Hill, and Rosie Webster.
First up was Sian Hill. She performed a good routine and tried very hard
on her artistic. This time Sian looked much sharper than at the British
Championships and more confident. Unfortunately she had made two mistakes
in her supports family and received a deduction of 1.00 from the difficulty
judges. Total score for Sian was 14.85 and she finished 12th. Next up
was Jacqui Bamforth. Jacqui had competed very well during this year and
had made amazing progress and everyone was waiting for her performance.
She competed with a very confident routine with a lot of charisma. She
had the second highest score of 7.45 on artistic, and scored a total of
16.400 and 4th place. (Yet again I feel that Jacqui was very much underscored
on her artistic, considering that it is exactly the same routine she had
performed at the British Championships 4 weeks before. At the British
Championships she received an artistic score of 8.05 in qualification
and 8.0 in the final.)
Next was Siana Shipley. Siana was very determined to prove that her routine
was good enough for a medal position. She stormed the stage with her vivacious
personality and fantastic showmanship. Siana was very much in control
and took very good care of her technical skills, scoring the highest score
of 8.05 on execution in this age group. Siana scored 16.9 in total and
received a silver medal. A brilliant achievement for Siana!
After Siana it was time for Rosie Webster to show her routine. Rosie tried
really hard to impress the judges. She had a lovely presentation throughout
her routine and was sharp and precise. She made a little error in one
of the compulsory elements and did not receive a value for it. Rosie scored
15.85 in total and finished 9th.
The last competitor from Heathrow Aerobic Gymnastics was Kirsty Banfield.
Kirsty performed a solid routine and worked really hard. But she made
some mistakes on three of her difficulty elements and did not receive
a very high difficulty score. This only gave her the total score of 15.7
and set her back to the10th place.
Later in the evening it was time for the seniors to take the stage. Four
competitors were competing for the medals. Heathrow was represented in
this event by Katie Cannon and Christina Fossheim.
First Christina took the stage. She looked more confident and precise
than she had at the British Championships. She performed a good routine
but had trouble with the support family and lost the value for both elements
and received a difficulty deduction of 0.5. (But it was the execution
score deviations that surprised me. Christina is very clean in her work.
Yes, she had made mistakes but her leg extension, her foot work, her basic
steps and transitions and linking of the elements were very well executed.
And it is very strange to see such a difference between the execution
judge’s scores, ranging from 7.9 to 6.7.) Christina received a total score
of 15.85 and 4th place.
Next Katie Cannon tried to win the judges over. She looked very confident
and in control. She performed a very energetic, well-executed routine.
She received the highest artistic score of 7.7 and the highest execution
score of 8.050. Katie also received the highest score on difficulty of
2.2 and a total score of 17.95. Katie Cannon was presented with the gold
Overall it was a successful weekend for Heathrow Aerobic Gymnastics Club.
Congratulations to all of our gymnasts and coaches Gary Jarvis, Natalia
Ilienko-Jarvis and Ria Cousins for their achievements and hard work. We
are now waiting to find out how many of our gymnasts will be invited to
National Squad Testing in January 2007.
Report By Natalia Ilienko-Jarvis.