On 12th April, we were invited to take part in the annual Acrobatic gymnastics competition hosted by our sister club; Pointers in Warlingham. Acrobatic Gymnastics involves partnering with another individual or a team to perform routines consisting of counter-balance moves, lifts, dance and tumbling, all set to music. By learning as a pair or group, gymnasts develop their skills, strength and coordination together. Partnerships are judged on artistry, difficulty of skills and the execution of skills.
The day was filled with energy and the support from relatives and friends was fantastic. The event started with the lower grades (Grades 1&2 pairs), where our gymnasts performed their routines with a high degree of skill and managed to pick up a full set of gold, silver and bronze medals in the first half. Amy Tarsitano (10 yrs) and brother Daniel Tarsitano (7 yrs) who each do 3 classes won Gold medals, followed by sisters Rebecca (11yrs) and Isabelle (10 yrs) Ogston in second place and finally Eloise Bassett (11 yrs) and Erin Thompson (9 yrs) took bronze. Eloise Murphy (7yrs) and Sophia English (8yrs) also won bronze medals at Grade 1. They all performed excellent routines to take the top spots from 12 competitors who represented different clubs from across Surrey and Sussex.
The second half of the competition saw higher grade partnerships and trios perform in grades 3 & 4. Our mainstay gymnasts Kirsty Chapman (13 yrs) and Lucy Pidgeon (14 yrs) picked up yet more Gold medals for an impeccable performance in the highest grade pair routine, as well as teaming up with classmate Zoe Duffell (10 yrs) to stand atop the podium for a dazzling trio routine in the highest grade available there too. It was a fantastic way to close off the day with spectators wowed by moves such as somersaulting off shoulders of their partners, and received a huge round of applause..
What a day! Well done to all those who participated and an extra pat on the back to our medal winners.
Pictured below are the medal winners and our coaches.