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22 March 2016

English Championships 2016

Nine members of Dynamo School of Gymnastics Girls & Boys Squads travelled to Loughborough University for the English Championships 2016, along with their coaches, Kerri Upton, Emma Beales, Nathan Kitcher & Anthony Munday. With the competition being one of the largest events in the calendar year, the gymnasts have worked hard to push themselves to their maximum to achieve the best possible scores so early on in the year.

A busy weekend, with representation from Dynamo across all 3 days of the Championships in Loughborough.
Friday was the turn of the Espoir Girls & Under 12 Boys. Competing in her first English Championships, 12-year-old Sydney Letchford, a student at Wildern School, had a fantastic competition. Competing new skills on 3 of the 4 apparatus, Sydney held her nerve after a nasty fall on beam to finish her competition with a clean floor routine including 2 double back somersaults. Finishing her competition with an overall score of 42.65 to finish in 45th position out of 65 gymnasts from across England.

In the Under 12 competition, Dynamo had representation from Samuel Wilson who attends Thornden School in Chandlers Ford. This was his second appearance at a major National Event following the British Championships the weekend before. This is his first year competing voluntary skills in a routine. Sam did a fantastic job in the to finish 46th with a total score of 60.50. Sam landed a new vault scoring 11.55 giving him the boost he wanted for the last two apparatus of the competition after a shaky start and swung through Parallel Bars and the men’s Horizontal Bar scoring him 11.150.

Saturday was the turn of Senior gymnast, 16-year-old Danielle Barnes, who studies at Itchen College. Competing amongst GB’s best gymnasts, the competition got off to a steady start with a clean Beam routine. Danielle held her own competing new elements on each apparatus. Finishing the competition with an overall score of 42.80, putting her in 19th position out of 32 gymnasts. Danielle also competed 2 vaults, a piked yurchenko for her first vault and a tucked tsukahara to count towards the Individual Apparatus competition, with the average score for both vaults putting her in the running for the Vault medals. With a score of 12.375, Danielle took 2nd place and the Silver medal for her Vaults. A fantastic achievement amongst the top gymnasts in the country.

Dynamo’s Junior Girls and Under 14 Boys took part in their English Championships on Sunday morning. Dynamo had 5 girls compete in this age group showing the clubs depth. Competing against 59 gymnasts from across England, 14-year-old, Amy Layzell a student at King’s School, completed a clean competition with an overall score of 42.60 to finish in 41st. Tayah Askham, a student at St Anne’s School, got off to fantastic start on Vault and Bars, putting out a new routine. After unfortunate falls on Beam & Floor, the 13-year-old finished in 45th with an overall score of 41.65. 14-year-old Olivia Essex, a student at Thornden School, finished the competition with an overall score of 41.30, to finish in 46th position, with her only mistakes on her new elements on beam. Jessica Wells, a student at Noadswood School, finished in 47th with an overall score of 41.25. The 14-year-old, had a clean competition until the final apparatus where she put out 2 double back somersaults in her floor routine for the first time. Leah Mitchell, a student at Bitterne Park School, finished in 52nd with a score of 40.30. The 13 year-old had unfortunate falls on beam but came back strong on her final apparatus landing her 2 double backs in her new floor routine.

Our Under 14 Gymnast Lyle Harry from Henry Court Community College finished 24th in his first year of U14 Competition with a total score of 65.350. It was Lyle’s first year competing in this age group; he had managed to upgrade all of his routines with a new skill on each apparatus. Like Sam, he performed a fantastic vault scoring 11.850 at the start of the competition then leading him to Rings where he completed his Yamawaki element that he has only ever competed the weekend before at the British Championships, giving him a score of 10.850.

All in all, a great weekend with achievements from all the gymnasts, so early on in competition season. We will now continue the hard work we have put in over the past few months and look to upgrade their routines even more ready for competitions later in the year.

Director of Coaching Debbie Richardson said of Dynamo’s performance “The results of this weekend’s competition show the progress and depth of the boys & girls squads. It’s good to see them motivated heading towards the rest of the seasons competitions".



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