On Sunday 12th March nearly 50 Springfit gymnasts travelled up to Warlingham to take part in our sister club’s, Pointers, Annual Tumbling Competition and nearly a third of them took home a medal!! The discipline of tumbling is a real pleasure to watch for proud parents and coaches as well as fellow competitors as gymnasts link impressive move after impressive move along a strip of floor matting.

Some of Springfit Tumblers ready for action!

The first half of the competition was jammed packed with Grade 1 and 3 gymnasts completing their 3 runs to the panel of judges.  These more elementary levels had the gymnasts completing sequences compromised of forward and backward rolls, cartwheels and turning jumps. For many gymnasts this was their first competition and so they had not experienced the thrill of competition before but were buoyed by the friendly and welcoming nature of the well-organised afternoon in Warlingham.

 

Springfit gymnasts who took home medals in the first half were:

Grade 1

  • Lily Owens Bronze (2009)
  • Alexia Gibb Bronze (2010-2011)

    Happy Medal Winners!
  • Harry Osbourne (Boys) Bronze – he missed Silver by only .06 point
  • Eloise Murphy Gold, Carmen Bulger Silver, Sophie Day Bronze in the 2005-2008 category and only 0.3 points separated them. 

Grade 3

  •  Joe Watkins Silver (2001-2006) and was only .06 off Gold followed by Lexi Kane with Bronze
  • Amelia Telfer (2007-09) Bronze

In the most advanced category the judges had their work cut out, trying to distinguish between the quality of moves involving backflips, front somersaults and a highly difficult aerial ‘fly spring’. 

Head Coach Helen Hutson Pope had this to say : “Our lovely Springfit Gymnasts enjoyed a challenging and fun tumbling competition this weekend against some of our sister clubs. We had some worthy medallists amongst a strong line-up, so a big well done to them! And as always the real winners were our wonderful children who showed great determination and sportsmanship, supported by the parents and families. It was a wonderful show of enthusiasm and appreciation for all the competitors.”

In the second half Springfit Gymnasts took home another 5 medals:

Grade 2

  • Chloe Forward(2008-10 ) took Gold  with Eloise Saunders taking Bronze
  • Oilvia Geason-James (2006-07) took Silver and Geogrie Davis took Bronze

Grade 4 

  • Daniel Tarsitano – Silver

The tumbling competition is always a highly anticipated phase of the year, but Springfit gymnasts now have their sights set on the next of the tri-annual events, with acrobatics routines to practice in class ready for the competition in May. 

The full set of results can be found here: Results.

 

The second weekend in March was busy with the competition calendar kicking off with the first Springfit Trampoline Invitational at Moor House School in Oxted.

We were inundated with entrants from all over Surrey and West Sussex and the competition was as fierce as usual but the fun and friendly atmosphere that everyone has come to know and love about Springfit’s competitions was still there!

The competition was tough and all trampolinists performed two routines, showing amazing displays of talent and determination. The age of those competing ranged from 5 to 15 years. Although this was a friendly competition, young trampolinists were still under pressure to perform their routines with precision and in front of a large crowd with all eyes on them.

Some of our happy medalists!!

In the first half of the competition saw Springfit trampolinists take 4 medals – there was a Gold medal for Ed Collingwood who trains at our Jubilee training centre and only 0.03 points behind was Heather Hall, who trains on a Friday at Hazelwick School with Head Coach Natalie, in the Grade I for those aged 8 and under. The final medals in this section went to our Elite Trampolinists who are coached by Club Manager Adam – Charlie Claydon took Silver in the Level E Grade and Scarlett Shepherd and Jazmine Hogan in the Synchro section took another Gold medal – there is no stopping these girls! 

In support for the brave individuals were plenty of family and friends, who applauded every effort and populated the balcony of the sports centre with vocal support. This vantage point provided some excellent aerial shots of the children showing a fine display of shapes and somersaults in each ten-move routine.  Each showcased their talent to the panel of judges with poise and precision in this tricky sport.

The second half of the competition saw our Grade F-H trampolinists take to the trampoline and another 4 medals for Springfit! In Level H Oakwood Trampolinists 11 year old Demie O’Leary and 10 year old Sophie-Louise Naylor took silver and bronze respectively. Finally sisters Eloise and Lily Murphy narrowly missed gold to take silver in the Level H Synchro. 

The judges were impressed with the quality of performances, which seems to improve with every event, and commended the support of the staff from each local club who came along. Head Judge Adam Reynolds said of the event: “To have so many instructors and staff from all these clubs come along to show support for children who are clearly passionate about trampolining is great. It’s clear that the efforts are appreciated by performers and parents, and this makes it always worthwhile.”

Proud Medalists
Holly with her trophy

Holly Earl from FliteCrew took home the Marie Manhire-Clark trophy for effort as she put in a solid display and her routines were memorable for the judges

We believe that competitions like this really do boost children’s confidence. It gives them such a sense of achievement and something to be proud of. Even if they don’t win, performing in front of a crowd does wonders for self esteem.
Our next event in July is already highly anticipated Watch this space!

A huge well done and congratulations to all those who took part!

 

Everyone at Springfit would love to congratulate 9 year old Amelie Fobbester-Balk on being awarded the Fay Greene for effort in 2016.

One individual from any of our 35 gymnastics classes (over 600 gymnasts!) can be chosen and it is based on who has shown the most overall progress in the last year. All 5 head coaches at the club discussed and deliberated who deserved the recognition, considering levels of dedication, achievement, competition, attitude and performance among other important skills taught in this hugely beneficial sport.

A surprised but happy Amelie with her trophy!
A surprised but happy Amelie with her trophy!

The trophy was presented to the club back in 1998 by the parents of Fay Greene; a talented gymnast who was so enthusiastic about the sport that her family wanted her passion to live on through the club after Fay’s tragic death at an early age.

It is such a special moment and it was a complete surprise to Amelie but we told her Mum before the class so she was in on the secret!

Proud Head Coach Plamen who coaches Amelie on Saturdays at Oakwood Sports Centre awarded her the trophy at the end of class and had this to say “She never shy’s away from any challenge that we give the gymnasts during the classes, she also has an amazing attitude that she shows every single class, and because of those two, and many more good qualities such as persistence, dedication and positiveness she has improved in leaps and bounds.  She continually shows lots of improvement and picks skills up very quickly, listening to everything coaches teach in class. She participated the floor and vault competition and did very well too.”

Amelie has been training with us since 2013 and started competing in 2014 in our various gymnastics competitions. Amelie joins a lot of great names  already engraved on it from Georgie Donovan to Katie Pidgeon and many who have gone on to train for many hours at a high level. 

 

  Throughout the week of Monday 6th to Sunday 12th February we will be inviting all members to come along to classes wearing their PJS or ONESIES to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation and C-R-Y (Cardiac Risk in the Young).

All funds will be split evenly between the two charities.

Taking part is optional, and we only ask for a minimum donation of £2.00 per member to be handed to the coach at the beginning of the class or visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Springfit.

These two charities are very much close to our heart as they represent Charlie Clifton and Marie Manhire-Clark (pictured) who were a big part of Springfit and sadly both were taken by heart attacks in recent years.

Photos may be taken for a short article about the event for our website, Facebook page and/or press release, so please feel free to join the valentines fun and help out the good causes.

We look forward to seeing you along!

With thanks, The Springfit team

We are pleased to announce the 12 year old Katie Vaughan from Horley has been awarded Springfit Gymnastics and Trampoline Club’s Elite Trophy for her outstanding achievements throughout the last year.

The trophy rewards effort in improving flexibility, strength, attitude and performance in gymnastics.
Katie has begun competing in regular competitions for the club including taking Bronze in the Floor and Vault Competition in November and Gold on the Beam in the July Competition) and she has shown a determination in her attitude towards training sessions that her coaches really admire.

Katie Vaughan Elite
Katie looking very happy with her trophy!

 Head Coach Plamen has this to say – “Katie thoroughly deserves this award because of her overall performance in class and her attitude has always been very good.”

In both the Elite Class and her Advanced Gymnastics class at Oakwood Sports Centre, Katie works hard individually to improve her own ability level and her self-motivation is evident to other members of the Elite gymnastics class. Fellow Head Coach Georgie had this to say of Kate – ” She always has been great and has sustained her extremely high level of performance and dedication for the last year.”

Even though a quiet member of our classes , Katie clearly enjoys her gymnastics and this a good reason why she continues to just get better and better! She puts 100% into every aspect of her training and the results speak for themselves.

This special class is not advertised by Springfit but provides further hours of training to members through a personal invitation by the Head Coach of the several advanced classes at the club as a means to provide further training in the more difficult skills children can learn.

Everyone at Springfit would like to CONGRATULATE Katie again – keep up the good work!

As the Club is growing so much – we have to create two separate posts for our Hall of Fame for our Gymnastics and Trampoline Class Progress Medal winners.

During this special session, parents are invited to watch their children and their classmates show the progress they have made, and sometimes enjoy a group performance choreographed by the coach (in gymnastics) as well as individually showcase their ever growing repertoire of skills. The head coach then had to decide on one gymnast whom they felt had made the most progress over the last six months. This is definitely one of their hardest tasks as a Springfit Head Coach, as everyone seems to be coming on leaps and bounds! Coaches also look at other factors such as attendance level, attentiveness in class as well perseverance with a tricky move or improvements in balance and co-ordination. At the end of the class, the chosen gymnast was awarded a well deserved gold medal for their hard work and determination.

It  always gives us great pleasure in presenting these lovely shiny gold medals to our Springfit members who we feel deserve the recognition. It boosts  confidence, gives them a sense of pride in what they do and offers something to focus on and work towards every six months. In addition, it’s a class event that all our members look forward to and enjoy, as well as the parents and other spectators!

The Springfit team would like to congratulate all the gymnasts pictured below, who achieved this medal for their fantastic progress throughout the last six months.

Gymnastics

ozzy-dackcombeCopthorne Monday 3.30pm -Ozzy Dackombe
maisie-tyrellCopthorne Monday 4.30pm -Maisie Tyrrell
Copthorne Monday 5.30pm – Lola Ryan
harriet-jones-stb-mon-g-1800 St Bede’s Monday 6.00pm – Harriet Jones
St Bede’s Monday 6.30pm –  Amelie Daly (Freestyle)
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sophie-bellew-stb-mon-g-1900-8yrs Bede’s Monday 7.00pm – Sophie Bellow
St Bede’s Monday 8.00pm – Sophie Swain (Freestyle)
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sienna-tester Copthorne Tuesday 3.30pm – Sienna Tester
megan-carroll Copthorne Tuesday 4.30pm – Megan Carroll
phoebe-winCopthorne Tuesday 5.30pm – Phoebe Win
florie-waters-jub-tue-g-1600Jubilee Tuesday 4pm – Florrie Waters
leila-greasley-jub-tue-g-1700-7yrsJubilee Tuesday 5pm – Leila Greasly
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Jubilee Tuesday 6pm – Jasmine Cooper
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Jubilee Tuesday 7pm – Olivia Gleason James
St Bedes Wednesday (Boys) 6pm – Daniel Ryan
St Bedes Wednesday (Adult) 7pm – Harriet Johns
Oakwood Wednesday (Youth) 6.30pm  – Hollie Chamberlain
Oakwood Wednesday (Freestyle) 7.30pm  – Christopher Miles
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Oakwood Wednesday (Freestyle) 8.30pm  – Tom Saunders
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Oakwood Thursday (Boys) 5pm -Alexandros Woolston
sammy2Oakwood Thursday (Elite) 6pm – Sammy Scott-Browne
Oakwood Thursday (GymFit) 8pm – Jo Dunbar
amber-daly Oakwood Friday 5pm – Amber Daly
Oakwood Friday 6pm – Charlie Markey
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 Oakwood Friday 7pm – Melissa Fox
emily-hemsley-ori-fri-g-1730-7yrsOriel Friday 5.30pm -Emily Hemsley
lauren-frankland-ori-fri-g-1830-8yrsOriel Friday 6.30pm – Lauren Franklin
Oriel Friday 7.30pm – Logan Candler
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Oakwood Saturday 11am – Emily Mungham
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Oakwood Saturday 12pm – Isabel Ball
ella-kola-oak-sat-g-1300-13yrsOakwood Saturday 1pm – Ella Kola
amber-barnes-ori-sat-g-1100-5yrsOriel Saturday 11am – Amber Barnes
chloe-dean-ori-sat-g-1200-7yrsOriel Saturday 12pm – Chloe Dean
Oakwood Sunday 11am – Amy Webster

As the Club is growing so much – we have to create two separate posts for our Hall of Fame for our Gymnastics and Trampoline Class Progress Medal winners this time!!!

During this special session, parents are invited to watch their children and their classmates show the progress they have made by individually showcasing their ever growing repertoire of skills. The head coach then had to decide on one trampolinist whom they felt had made the most progress over the last six months. This is definitely one of their hardest tasks as a Springfit Head Coach, as everyone seems to be coming on leaps and bounds! Coaches also look at other factors such as attendance level, attentiveness in class – this is particularly important in trampolining where everyone should be ‘spotting’ for the other trampolinists – as well perseverance with a tricky move or improvements in balance and co-ordination. At the end of the class, the chosen trampolinists was awarded a well deserved gold medal for their hard work and determination.

It  always gives us great pleasure in presenting these lovely shiny gold medals to our Springfit members who we feel deserve the recognition. It boosts  confidence, gives them a sense of pride in what they do and offers something to focus on and work towards every six months. In addition, it’s a class event that all our members look forward to and enjoy, as well as the parents and other spectators!

The Springfit team would like to congratulate all the trampolinists pictured below, who achieved this medal for their fantastic progress throughout the last six months.

                                                                                 Trampolining                                                                                                         

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St Bedes Monday  6pm – 
Catherine Foster
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St Bedes Monday 6.30pm – Lily Starkie
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St Bede’s Monday 7pm – 
Sophie Burstow
kieran-hart-stb-mon-t-1930-13yrsSt Bede’s Monday 7.30pm – Kieran Hart
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St Bede’s Monday 8.30pm – Jamie King
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Jubilee Tuesday 4pm – Molly Neave
Jubilee Tuesday 5pm – Winner
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Jubilee Tuesday 6pm – Heidi Wickington
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Jubilee Tuesday 7pm – Joe Cherriman
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St Bede’s Wednesday 6pm  – Eve Adie
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St Bede’s Wednesday 7pm – 
Elise Alleyne
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Oakwood Wednesday 6.30pm – Chloe Platt
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Oakwood Wednesday 7.30pm – Oscar Staples
Oakwood Wednesday 8.30pm – Poppy Donovan
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Oakwood Thursday 4.45pm – Florence Collin 
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Oakwood Thursday 5.45pm  – Henry Pattemore
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Oakwood Thursday 6.45pm – 
Emma Burridge

Oakwood Friday 5pm – Beau Waller
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Oakwood Friday 6pm – Emily Morris-Jupp
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Oakwood Friday 7pm – Emma McDonald

Oriel Friday 5.30pm – TBC

Oriel Friday 6.30pm  – TBC

Oriel Friday 7.30pm – Becky Gould
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Oakwood Saturday 11am – Abigail Cooper
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Oakwood Saturday 12pm – Jacob Budd
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Oakwood Saturday 1pm – Nina Cronin
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Oriel 
Saturday 11am – 
Mia Bryant
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Oriel Saturday 12pm –  
Freya Hanies
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Oakwood Sunday 11am – Zabi Bharmal
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Georgie Donovan will be known to many of you as she is not only one of our Head Gymnastics Coaches but is one of our Head Trampoline Coaches as well! She is a busy lady as she teaches Gymnastics at both our Horley and East Grinstead locations and Trampolining in Horley!

 

 

She has been doing gymnastics and trampolining since she was 5 years old and has always loved it and was inspired by the coaches who taught her to become a coach herself.  Georgie is a life long Springfitter having been with the club ever since she first started, and she still trains in both disciplines and enjoys each equally as much as each other.

1 – What does your perfect day look like?

Sitting on a beach on holiday with family and friends, enjoying the sunshine.

2 – Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?

Probably would have to say Africa! I’d love to learn about the culture and the animals. I’ve also always wanted to volunteer out there – maybe join a care project in Ghana or Senegal! Hopefully it’s something I can do in the future.

3 – What animal best represents you and why?

Oh wow… No idea ! Maybe a bunny rabbit as I am pretty good at bunny hops in gymnastics!!

4 – If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Has to be Roast Dinners!

5 – If you could be a Superhero which one would you be and why?? 

Hmmmm that is a difficult one, probably Batman!

6- What makes you happiest?

It would have to be Family days.

7- How did you get into Trampolining/Gymnastics and what do love about Springfit ?

 Well I tried ballet for a while but I wasn’t very good and I found it a bit boring, so my mum put me into gymnastics and trampolining and it turned out I was quite good at it and I loved it obviously! When I got old enough to be asked to coach it I jumped at the chance. I love that Springfit is such a welcoming and friendly club it makes my job a very enjoyable experience.

Another weekend, another competition for Springfit this November – our gymnasts and trampolinists certainly have been busy! A number of our Elite Trampolinists and Gymnasts were invited along to compete in Flair Gymnastics Club Invitational on Sunday 27th November and we were extremely happy to bring home a number of medals!

Clean Sweep for Springfit Trampolinists!
Clean Sweep for Springfit Trampolinists!

We were so proud that three of our Elite Trampolinists took all the medals in the Trampoline section – Head Gymnastics Coach Katie took a well deserved Gold followed by Scarlett Shepherd and Jazmine Hogan in Silver and Bronze respectively. Jazmine and Scarlett train hard together in our Elite Squad and often perform together in the Synchro section of our trampoline competitions and so we were so pleased that they were together again on the medal podium!

Katie Vaughan and Sophie Tilley, who train with Head Coach Plamen in our Elite Gymnastics Squad, were competing in a very tough gymnastics section and so it was great when Sophie took a well deserved Bronze!

Thank you to Flair for organising a great competition and we can not wait to return next year and hopefully bring back even more medals!

Last weekend saw the final competition of Springfit’s Competition Calendar and what a finish it was! We had over 250 spectators and over 90 competitors so it was very busy afternoon at Oakwood Sport Centre.

In every category , gymnasts were invited to to perform one floor routine and one vault and together the score was combined to give a placing in every grade.

Due to the sheer number of competitors the competition was split into two, the first half was for those in Grade 1/2 and nearly all the medals went to Springfit gymnasts! It was great to see some boys making their way onto the podium – Oliver Liddle who trains with Helen and Sean in our St Bede’s Boys Gymnastics Class took Gold in our Grade 1 section for those aged 8-12 years; Oliver Snowdon , who trains with Katie at Copthorne Parish Hub, took Bronze in Grade 2 (9 years) as did William Parsons in Grade 2 (7 years), who also trains in a Boys Only class at Oakwood Sports Centre with Head Coach Plamen.

Phoenix Hogan had another Gold Medal winning weekend taking the top spot in Grade 1 for those aged 6/7 years. This category had all Springfit Medalists with Chloe Dean (Oriel) and Elena Chater (Jubilee) taking Silver and Bronze respectively. The next category was another all Springfit affair with Zita Katona and Hannah Chizyuka taking Gold and Silver in Grade 2 (9 years) ahead of Oliver.

Gymnastics Competition
Taking it all in at the gymnastics Competition

Spectators and Judges were wowed by staddles and handsprings over the vaults and smooth displays of tumbles, rolls, handstands and more! In the remaining Grade 2 sections, Springfit gymnasts took 2 more medals – Bronze for Sophie Day and Gold for Jasmine Cooper who both train with Georgie at our Jubilee Training Centre.

As we moved into the higher grades, the vaults got more impressive and floor routines more complicated and we were pleased that Kate Trimbell took Silver ahead of Kiera Bruce in Grade 3 and Katie Vaughan, who trains in our Elite Gymnastics Squad, also took Bronze in Grade 6.

Again we would like to thank everyone that came along to take part or support the gymnasts – it was another fantastic competition and embodied what Springfit is all about enjoying gymnastics is an safe and fun environment and also gaining great experience in competing in a friendly and supportive environment.

Full Results can be find here – RESULTS.