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A busy weekend for the squads at Dynamo Gymnastics

march 2013
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1-3 March 2013


Last weekend was a busy one for the squad at Dynamo School of Gymnastics, based at Hamble Community Sports College. With three full days of competition, ranging from girls and boys competing at the English Championships, to the younger squad at the Southern Region Compulsory & National Grades.

Competition started Friday for Dynamo’s Espoir Girls and Boys at the English Championships being held at the Europa Centre. Dynamo had 3 girls representing, who were competing here for the first time in their careers, stepping up onto the bigger stage for the start of the competition season also acting as the first competition on the new code of points. With a massive entry of 47 gymnasts, 13 year old Casey Spry, a student at Henry Court Community College, competed clean routines on all 4 apparatus, including a massive Tsukahara somersault vault, and a solid beam routine, scoring 40.05 placing 28th. Team mate Hannah Clayton, 13 years old, a student at Sholing Technology College, followed close behind in 33rd, with powerful tumbling and vaulting, scoring 38.05. Amy Layzell, a first year Espoir at 12 years old, had a couple of errors on beam but pulled back with a new bar routine including a double back dismount and clean floor routine to place 37th overall with a score of 37.75. A valuable experience for all the Espoir girls who will now look on to the Challenge Cup later in the year. Dynamo also had 3 boys entered in the Under 12 section of the Men's competition. All 3 boys competed new routines and skills well and this proved a valuable experience for them all as they now look to increase their difficulty for the British Championships being held at the end of the year. Louis Brunnen finished 32nd, Harry Hayes 24th and despite 2 falls on pommel horse Jack Helps finished 15th.

Day 2 of competition at the English Championships saw senior gymnasts Laura Edwards & Kelly Simm, start their bid for a place in the European Championships team. After suffering with a stress fracture in her foot last year, Laura showed GB selectors she is back fighting to return to the top. After a shaky start on floor, Edwards put in stunning performances all-around, finishing 3rd overall with a score of 51.00. Laura added Silver on bars, 13.25, and Bronze on beam, 12.55, to her medal collection. Team-mate Kelly Simm, a student at Itchen College, also showed she is in contention for a place on the GB team. With an unsteady start on floor, with her high-difficulty routine, Kelly improved all the way round finishing with a solid performance on beam, earning her a massive 13.05 and 2nd place on this apparatus and 6th place overall, with a score of 49.60. After a fantastic start to the 2013 competition season, the 2 girls will now head to Lilleshall National Sports Centre next weekend for the 2nd Europeans trial and finish the month off in at the Echo Arena in Liverpool at the British Championships.

Sunday saw the junior round of the competition. Gymnast, Danielle Barnes, compete in her first major event, at the English Championships. Danielle held her nerve on each apparatus, putting out new skills to finish 30th all-around with 34.35. Daniel Lee and Callum Sims competed in the boys junior competition. Callum competing on only 4 pieces successfully completed a new pommel routine scoring 13.00 and finishing in the top 5 on this apparatus. Daniel Lee continued to impress from the end of last season by competing solidly and confidently across all 6 apparatus finishing 8th All around and also winning Bronze for a brilliantly executed Parallel Bars routine. A valuable step in Daniel’s preparation for the British Championships.

Dynamo’s youngsters were also in action at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth at the Southern Regional Compulsory and National Grades. Ella-Beattie Edwards, a year 6 student at Bursledon School, placed 1st over-all in her Compulsory 3 OOA Grade, with a clean performance. Ella held her nerve to score an overall pass mark of 51.575 over 5 apparatus including Range & Conditioning. Ella can now move on to compete in Level 2. Tayah Askham, placed 2nd and Leah Mitchell 3rd in this age group, with Sydney Letchford placing 6th In-Age. Amelie Preiestman competing in her Compulsory 4 Grade, placed 14th overall.

In National Grade 8, Dynamo had Katie Davis place 12th picking up Gold on vault, with team-mate Annabel Foster placing 14th.

In the final round of competition, Dynamo had gymnasts competing in National Grade 7 & 6. In Grade 7, India-Rose Harper placed 8th, Olivia Essex, 10th, Tiger Weidner, 14th, and Sophie Frith, 15th. In Grade 6, Ellen Martin placed 8th, Jessica Wells, 9th, Alice Bell, 10th and Anna Rogers 11th.

After a long weekend of competition with representation from Dynamo in almost every age group, Dynamo Gymnastics Director Debbie Richardson says "The competition results have highlighted Dynamo's strength at the developmental end of coaching and have shown that the youngsters continue to be inspired by the GB seniors who work alongside them in the club. The future looks bright for Dynamo".

Dynamo Gymnastics Espoir Girls & Boys squad
Laura Edwards and Kelly Simm at the English Championships
British Gymnastics
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