Three of our 7 year old gymnasts won the hearts of spectators at the annual Acro competition that we take part in. Acrobatic Gymnastics is a difficult discipline as it involves partnering with another individual or a team to perform routines consisting of counter-balance moves, balances, lifts, dance and tumbling moves, all set to music.
The 7 year old boys did so well and put on a very brave performance. They had never taken part in any competitions before, in fact one of the boys has only been with the club for 3 months! We are really proud of them. To be only 2.7 marks off their starting tariff was a fantastic effort, and actually equalled the performance of the trio that went on to win Gold!
Diligently practicing at their weekly boys class at Oakwood certainly helped with overcoming nerves on the day, and the boys thank their Head Coach, Georgie who has worked with them every week to build their confidence. She was there when they took the floor in front of all the spectators and was overjoyed to witness a brilliant routine. The crowd’s reaction to the trio proved how much everyone loved it too. The three boys really did steal the show!
The boys from Horley and Crawley, all 7 years old, are pictured below. Aaron Cass, Nathan Head and Alexander Ballard all attend our Thursday 5pm boys gymnastics class at Oakwood Sports Centre, Horley.
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.
Last month we were invited along to the annual tumbling competition hosted by our sister club Pointers in Warlingham. Gymnasts from five other clubs across Surrey also took part.
The spectacular discipline of tumbling is a pleasure to watch for proud parents, as gymnasts link one impressive move after another, along a strip of floor matting. The more basic levels include moves such as forward rolls, cartwheels and jumps, through to the higher grades that involve back flips, somersaults and handsprings. It’s truly a highlight of many people’s gymnastic calendar.
As people have come to expect (from the competitions we organise and take part in) the event was a friendly, fun day in a relaxed atmosphere with many spectators coming along to support the children, and lots of photographs to commemorate it.
The gymnasts from Springfit did so well and five of them came away with medals for their excellent performances.
Eloise Bassett won a very well deserved gold medal. Jazmine Hogan narrowly missed a gold medal but came away with silver and Eloise Murphy, Mica Harris and Eloise Budd all won bronze. Well done to all of our gymnasts that took part.
Once again, last month saw one of our favourite events take place – ‘Gymnastics Progress Medals’. All week long, parents were invited along to watch their children perform their latest skills and routines in front of the rest of the class and other parents. The head coach then selected one gymnast (from each of our 27 ability based gymnastic classes) whom they thought had made the most progress over the last six months. At the end of the class, each gymnast was awarded a well deserved gold medal for their hard work and determination.
Selecting one gymnast from each class can at times be quite difficult for coaches. We have many children at the club that come to class regularly and really show a great effort, determination and improvement week on week. However, attributes such as perseverance, attentiveness, class attendance as well as improvement in balance, agility and co-ordination during class (as well as their performance) all get taken into consideration when considering who deserves the progress medal.
We enjoy presenting these shiny gold medals to members who we feel deserve the recognition. It boosts a child’s confidence, gives them a sense of pride in what they do each week and gives them something to focus on and work towards. In addition, it’s a class event that all our members look forward to and enjoy, as well as the parents!
The Springfit team would like to congratulate all 27 gymnasts pictured below, who achieved this medal for their fantastic progress throughout the last six months.
St Bedes – Monday 8:00pm – Freddie McArthur (8 yrs)
We recently held our highly anticipated four monthly trampoline competition at Moor House School in Oxted. Gymnasts from four other clubs made their way to Oxted to compete along with 20 members of Springfit.
Many parents and grandparents came along to watch and the gym was full of eager supporters and excited gymnasts by 2pm. The afternoon started with the younger children aged 5-12 years competing in the entry level grades. Any nerves were left at the door as the little ones hopped on to the trampoline and performed two routines (for some it was as though they had done it a million times before in front of so many people!) There were some brave young gymnasts in this category that showcased great coordination, agility and balance, performing tricky moves with ease. Eloise Murphy (age 7) took away a well deserved gold medal for a flawless routine and Madison Emsley (age 10) did really well and won a bronze medal. A great start to hopefully many more competitions for them in the future.
After a short break, the second half commenced with the impressive higher level grades involving many somersaults. Gymnasts aged 7-17 years in five different categories took to the trampoline and once again performed two routines. The second half clearly showed that sticking with the sport from a young age really does pay off as the precision with which routines were performed was fantastic and the competition was really quite tough. Katie Pidgeon (age 17) and Scarlett Shepherd (age 10) both performed impeccably well and wowed the spectators with their high energy routines. Both came away with well deserved gold medals. Lauren Monk (age 14) earned a bronze medal and Charlotte Grainger (age 13) and Rachel Bull (age 12) performed a great synchronized routine together and took away Silver medals.
It was a really fun afternoon in a friendly and relaxed environment as is always the case at any of our competitions.
Well done to everyone that took part!
Below is a photo of all the medal winners from the first half of the competition.
Springfit have recently awarded 13 year old Lucy Fish with the prestigious Elite gymnastics trophy. The trophy is one of the highest honours at the Club, awarded on an annual basis for outstanding achievement within the Elite squad over the past 12 months.
Lucy has enjoyed the challenges of the Elite Class for a number of years, and was first invited to one of the limited places by the Head Coach of advanced classes at the Club. Further training hours have clearly helped Lucy progress in the sport and her enjoyment has not waned in all this time. The trophy presentation has spurred her on to achieve more, and another year of exciting classes ahead is beckoning. Lucy herself says “’Springfit is a wonderful place to be, there are good facilities and everyone is so kind and supportive to help you be the best you can. I love it!!!”
Lucy competes regularly and recently won a bronze medal in November’s Floor and Vault competition where over 90 children took part. She has also won medals for her efforts competing in many other competitions in various disciplines over the past six years, showing her ability in all the different types of gymnastics taught at the Club.
Lucy is pictured below after being presented with the trophy by Adam Reynolds.
Seven year old Daniel Tarsitano has been selected from nearly 500 gymnasts here at Springfit to be rewarded with a coveted annual trophy for his progress throughout 2014.
Daniel attends two classes a week along with his older sister, Amy, and the pair have even earned an invite to join the exclusive Elite squad class in recent months, impressing the coaches in each of their classes with their determination and positive attitude towards the sport.
Our Head Coaches got together and unanimously decided that Daniel has come on leaps and bounds in the last year, progressing through the proficiency award scheme run in classes and regularly practising at home to achieve exceptional levels of skill in gymnastics.
The trophy is an annual award, presented to the gymnast who, in the coaches opinion, has made the biggest improvement in their gymnastic skills over the past 12 months. The trophy was first given to the club in 1998 in loving memory of a young girl named Fay Greene who was passionate about gymnastics and attended classes at Springfit regularly. Daniel’s name has now been engraved on to the trophy along with the 16 other talented gymnasts who have won this in previous years.
Pictured below is Daniel receiving the trophy in our Friday evening advanced class, proudly enjoying his moment as one of the youngest recipients of the award.
Our trampoline progress medals week took place at the start of December. All coaches in each of our 32 trampoline classes named an individual who they thought had made the most progress in class over the past six months and presented them with a thoroughly deserved gold medal.
When deciding upon a progress medal winner, coaches take various things into consideration such as a trampolinist’s increase in confidence, determination, attentiveness in class, perseverance with a tricky move, improvements in balance and co-ordination, agility, good attendance levels and attention to ‘spotting’ for safety. Progress medals are a great way to boost confidence, to reward those for their hard efforts and to keep the momentum going in class. We even offer progress medals out to members of all of our adult trampoline classes!
Parents are given notice about this special day and invited along to spectate which provides a great, supportive crowd around the trampolines. The children clearly grow in confidence and enjoy showing off their latest skills for parents to see how far they have come in the past six months. Our members always enjoy progress medals week and it is a class event that all look forward to.
The Springfit team would like to congratulate all 32 gymnasts pictured below, who achieved this medal for their fantastic progress throughout the last six months.
Lewis Green (6 yrs) – St Bede’s Mon 6pm – Photo to follow
Scarlett Shepherd (10yrs) – St Bede’s Mon 7.30pm – Photo to follow
Jazmine Hogan definitely has something to smile about. In the last month alone, she has won four medals for competing in various competitions. First was a bronze medal in our trampoline competition along with a gold in the same competition for a synchronized routine that she performed with her partner Scarlett Shepherd. The very same weekend she took part in a competition in Guildford hosted by Flair Gymnastics and came away with a bronze. Her latest medal was a silver in our floor and vault gymnastics competition. Four medals in less than a month, well done Jazmine!
Jazmine said: “I am shocked and amazed that I got 4 medals in 2 weeks. The most exciting was the gold that Scarlett and I got for synchro trampolining because it was the first time we had done it and we were the youngest in the competition. I didn’t expect to get any trampolining medals at all because I hadn’t been in Group G before and it was a bit scary having to do somersaults. In the gymnastics competition I was coming 7th after my floor routine, but my vault was so good that I came 2nd overall. I really enjoy competitions and I’m looking forward to the next ones in March.”
Sunday 16th November saw us host the largest gymnastics competition we have run to date. Other local clubs and organisations in the Surrey area were invited along to participate in this very friendly competition. With 91 competitors and over 200 parents and supporters cheering the gymnasts on, it was an action packed day with a fabulous, fun and lively atmosphere.
The first half of the day saw 45 competitors from novice Grades 1 and 2 take part in floor routines and jumps over the vault. Despite some nerves, there were some really talented young gymnasts and for many it was their first competition and first time in front of such a large audience. The crowd were brilliant and were really cheering the youngsters on. This kind of friendly competition really does boost a child’s confidence, whether they win or not. It helps boost self esteem and taking part in such a large competition is something they can be really proud of.
The second half of the day saw the slightly older and more experienced gymnasts compete, with more advanced Grades 2 through to 6. Some of the routines that were performed were very impressive and the crowd looked on in amazement at gymnasts somersaulting through the air and springing high over the vault. Quite a large proportion of the gymnasts that performed in this age category have been with us since they were very young and have competed for a number of years, starting in the earlier grades. It was incredible to see such talent and how a gymnast’s ability increases so much with age if they stick with the sport.
Independent judges and officials from other clubs were brought in to help out and 36 bronze, silver and gold medals in total were awarded, along with the “Charlie Clifton award for effort in competition”. This special trophy is in memory of a stalwart of Springfit Club and his enduring dedication to the efforts of gymnasts who enjoy the sport. It was presented to nine year old Maddie Vickers of Pointers Club who overcame tearful nerves to finish her routine with aplomb and an ovation from those watching.
The event was such a friendly affair with competitors looking on encouraging each other and also congratulating each other after each routine and medal presentation had taken place.
A huge well done and congratulations for all those who took part and are looking forward to the next competition in March.