More people than ever have been involved in the tri-annual trampoline competitions held by local gym club; Springfit. This month saw over 60 competitors from clubs in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex travel to take part in the fun and friendly event.

Those participating in the novice section during the first half of the competition were thrilled at the inclusion of a display team performing high level moves to finish off the round. There were gasps from many of the children who were competing for the first time as they witnessed multiple twisting somersaults and other advanced skills on the apparatus.

It wasn’t only the novice grade athletes that were inspired by the afternoon’s performances, as the inclusion of new clubs and organisations proved a challenge for the stalwarts of Springfit competitions. Acorns club from Sevenoaks entered a talented collection of youngsters into various ability based categories and took away a few medals to show off to their school teachers and peer groups.

The hordes of spectators, made up of friends and family of the competitors, enjoyed the afternoon in Oxted, with hearty support for the brave trampolinists creating quite an atmosphere in the sports hall. The judging panel also commented afterwards on how impressed they were at the ever increasing ability levels of those taking part, and were responsible for some very tight results in many of the categories. Everyone enjoyed the “synchro” section at the end, where two gymnasts performed exactly the same routines alongside each other on different trampolines. It is quite a spectacle to see!

Competition organiser and Springfit club manager Adam Reynolds said “We are thrilled to see so many people enjoying the benefits of locally organised recreational competitions like ours. It is testament to the fully inclusive nature of the sport that we can host such a successful event and provide further smiles and reward for those children who enjoy trampolining.”

Pictured below are medal winners from the beginners and advanced sections of the competition, from many different clubs including Twizzlers in Thornton Heath, Acorns in Sevenoaks, Anti-Gravity and Pointers in Caterham as well as Springfit in Horley, Redhill, Crawley and East Grinstead.

Beginners section medal winners
Beginners section medal winners
Advanced section medal winners
Advanced section medal winners

The Springfit Invitational floor and vault gymnastics competition was held on the 17th of November at Oakwood Sports Centre, Horley. The afternoon was a huge success where many children received gold, silver and bronze medals for their floor routines and vaulting expertise.

The Olympic discipline of gymnastics ‘floor’ involved routines of varied ability and tempo, performed to music ranging from classical numbers to James Bond! The judging panel were thoroughly impressed with the poise and grace of the gymnasts, some competing for their very first time. All of these brave debutants overcame their nerves and found the confidence to perform in front of the large audience.
Seven year old Georgie Dumper from Crawley was one of these who, despite some initial wobbles, found her stride and provided a storming routine and ended up taking first place in her grade 1 category for 7-8 year olds.
This category saw the closest results ever produced at a Springfit competition, with the bronze medal scoring 14.25, silver 14.30 and Georgie’s well deserved gold getting 14.35!

The feedback from parents showed that it was a great day for all those competing and spectating, and the children clearly loved seeing each other’s routines and admiring gymnastics as a great sport to be involved in.

The Springfit team would like to congratulate all who took part and made the day such a success. The results are shown here.

Pictured below is Georgie Dumper mid-performance.

To view the full results click here.

Georgie Dumper mid-performance
Georgie Dumper mid-performance

We held another of our tri-annual trampoline competitions on Saturday 9th November; the very same day that Kat Driscoll wins two gold medals for Great Britain in the World Championships in the sport.

Children from several local venues enjoyed competing in different ability categories, the same format as what was happening in the event taking place 1500 miles away in Sofia, Bulgaria. There, Kat won a gold in her individual routine as well as her synchronised partnership with another British hopeful; Amanda Parker.
On local soil, children aged 4yrs to 19yrs old won gold medals for their individual routines and enjoyed participating alongside their friends and synchro partners at the Springfit event.

The atmosphere at the competition in Oxted was a little more relaxed than at the World Championships, with Springfit staff providing encouragement to many youngsters who were taking part for the first time, and spectators, including many proud parents, providing support for their efforts in this most difficult of disciplines.

A panel of judges scored routines based on difficulty and execution, with everyone receiving a certificate of achievement and many talented performers taking home one or more medals. The moves ranged from shaped jumps in elementary grades up to multiple somersaults in the highest category possible, which understandably drew praise and looks of amazement from those in attendance. In some cases, the margin between first and second place was a small as 0.1 mark!

Pictured below are the medal winners from the Elementary Grades section of the competition.

From top left to bottom right:
Thomas Loveless (9, Twizzlers), Ella Horent (11, Springfit), Sophie Marlow (12, Springfit), Eden Kilgour (9, High Vaultage), Lucy Towner (9, Anti-Gravity), Chloe Davey (7, Anti-Gravity), Jazmine Hogan (8, Springfit), Charlie Gillett (6, Springfit), Lea Gayral (6, Springfit), Gracie Amon (7, High Vaultage) and Mason El-Bishlawi (10, High Vaultage).

tramp comp 9.11.13

Sweltering temperatures brought an extra challenge to the annual Springfit Beam and Trampette gymnastics competition in July.

Over fifty gymnasts turned out to pit themselves against each other in a friendly competition consisting of two very different disciplines.

Members of local club Pointers showed their skill and determination on the extremely difficult beam apparatus, performing jumps, turns and various other moves as they linked together a routine which wowed the crowd.

Following the medal presentation for this, members of several local clubs were split into categories based on difficulty to perform four different jumps on the trampette and tried their hardest to stick the landing completely still to earn the highest points from the judges.

Each jump was judged on various factors such as flight time, contact accuracy and take-off quality. The top three highest scoring individuals were awarded medals in each category and every single person walked away with a certificate of achievement.

Thirteen out of eighteen medals went to Springfit gymnasts, with little seven year-old Isabella Gair earning special mention for her achievement of a gold medal in her very first competition.

There were some fantastic moves on show from basic shaped jumps right the way up to twisting somersaults and everyone clearly tried their hardest.

The afternoon was broken up into different heats at the last minute due to the unbearable heat in the gymnasium, but it didn’t stop those in attendance having a great time whether they were in the audience or taking part!

For a full list of results, please CLICK HERE.

Trampette dive rolls are a favourite!
Trampette dive rolls are a favourite!

Springfit held one of our popular tri-annual trampoline competitions in Oxted last weekend. Schools, sports centres and members of recreational classes from other trampoline clubs were invited along to take part in the event.

The competition proved even more popular than usual, as the format had changed to allow for more inclusiveness and better progression for advanced competitors. This was evidently a good decision as spectators enjoyed the efforts of children as young as three years old take part in the event. For those youngsters who just love the limelight, competitions such as these are a worthwhile addition to their enjoyment of trampolining, and especially if they walk away with a medal!

Parents commented on how relaxed the atmosphere was and how supportive the event is for children’s confidence and maturity. Being a local event is an obvious benefit, as parents don’t have to trek half way round the country for their chance to proudly watch their children perform.

The competition was split into ability-based levels, and then further into age categories. The most basic move performed is a front landing and the higher grades involve spectacular multiple somersaults. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded for the highest scores at each level, and everyone takes home a certificate of achievement just for taking part.

Pictured below are the medal winners with age and club they represent. From top left to bottom right:

Jonathan Brown (10, Springfit), Bethany Hobbs (8, Springfit), Megan Forrester (9, Pointers.), Morgan Fisher (8, Pointers), Eloise North (7, Anti-Gravity), Shannon Stack (10, Anti-Gravity), Ellie Johnson (12, Pointers), Ella Horent (10, Springfit), Bea Torre (9, Anti-Gravity), Piya Shah (11, Anti-Gravity), Emily Reeves (11, Anti-Gravity), Gemma Denman (12, Anti-Gravity), Amber Jackson (10, Anti-Gravity), Kayla Briggs (14, Twizzlers) and Tianee Camille (13, Twizzlers).

Tramp comp 15.6.13

Springfit entered several gymnasts into a local acrobatic competition recently, and achieved several medal places in the popular event.

Held at Warlingham School, there were over 30 Acrobatic routines performed with varying degrees of difficulty. In the novice categories, Springfit pair Cameron Neal-Macinnes and Luyanda Sugg (both 9yrs old) from the club’s newest venue in East Grinstead achieved silver medals in their first ever competition.

Veterans Hannah Bagley (13) and Georgie Long (14) also achieved a silver medal in the next grade up performing a routine including balances, lifts and synchronised gymnastics moves. They are from the Redhill branch of the club at St Bede’s school.

In the hardest category was a trio of gymnasts from the Oriel school venue in Maidenbower, who narrowly took the gold medal from other impressive teams from an acro-based club. Their routine included handstands on knees, standing on shoulders, somersaulting from on high and other impressive feats of flexibility and strength that makes this sport such an excellent spectator sport. There is even call for it to be included in the next Olympic games!

Acrobatic Gymnastics is a partner sport involving high degrees of technical precision with the trust and camaraderie of a dedicated partnership, either in pairs or trios. It is performed with the grace and musicality of dance.

Head Judge Sefra Crilly said “It was fantastic to see a lot of new faces and everyone enjoying the day. I was very impressed with the high standard of the gymnasts.”

Congratulations go to all the competitors, but in particular to the medal winners from both sections of the competition, some of who are listed below.

From left to right:-

Georgia Long (Springfit), Francesca Bagley (Springfit), Ellie Grant (Pointers), Emily Charman (Springfit), Millie Gibbins (Pointers), Katie Pidgeon (Springfit), Kirsty Chapman (Springfit), Abbie Clifton (Springfit), Luyanda Sugg (Springfit), Zara Flint (Springfit), Cameron Neal-Macinnes (Springfit), Carina Sosteric (Pointers), Lily Fairhall (Pointers), Sinead Skinner (Twizzlers), Amber Kulinski (Twizzlers), Esmee Allenby-Straker (Pointers) and Eloise North (Pointers).

Acro comp 20.4.2013

Members of Horley based Springfit Gym club took part in a tumbling competition organised by Pointers Gym club in Warlingham last weekend. There were over 100 gymnasts of all ages performing a sequence of moves on a strip of floor called the ‘tumble run’.

Youngsters from different organisations all over Surrey and Sussex came together to enjoy a relaxed and fun atmosphere, which was very encouraging for all involved. Events such as this are arranged several times a year by Springfit and Pointers to invite members of their classes to a friendly situation which encourages participation in healthy competition.

Two panels of judges scored runs from different ability-based grades ranging from forward and backward rolls right up to front and back somersaults, performed without the aid of any equipment whatsoever!

A crowd favourite is the move where ‘free’ cartwheels are performed with no hands, and the further up the grades the gymnasts went the louder the spectators got, applauding at the ability levels.

Springfit members walked away with three gold medals, four silver medals and four bronze medals in all; a proud result for the recreational club who have branches in Redhill, Horley, Crawley and East Grinstead. Someone from each of these venues was present at the competition and every single one of them enjoyed their time performing in front of a crowd.

Pictured below is six year old Megan Smith who won a gold medal in her first competition with the club.

JUB Tue 6 G M.Smith

Springfit recently held a trampoline competition inviting members of local sports clubs and other leisure organisations to enjoy a relaxed and friendly event with members vying to win medals in different age and ability categories.

Our entry level sports club run three competitions a year in local venues to help encourage high performance situations and offer the children a challenge. Many younger children relish this opportunity to perform in front of their family and peers, and so many experience a marked improvement in their enthusiasm and ability in the sport since being given the chance.

The fun competition comes as a breath of fresh air for many parents who have experienced heated situations at other events, and many comment on the level of support given by all coaches and officials in attendance. Most of all it’s the medal ceremony that competitors enjoy, and proud show-and-tell sessions will take place across many schools this week.

With a wide range of abilities on show, the admiration of the junior members is evident when the more experienced athletes start doing their somersaulting in routines, and in talking to them between rounds, you can see that everyone involved is helping to build starts of the future.

Pictured below are the medal winners from top left to bottom right:
Megan Quinn-Edwards(13, Pointers), Charlotte Goacher? (12, Pointers?), Abbie Chart (12, Springfit), Jemma Belton (9, Anti-Gravity), Rebecca Morris (10, Anti-Gravity), Piya Shah (11, Anti-Gravity), Molly Cooke (10, Anti-Gravity), Ella Price (10, Pro-Gravity), Abigail Moore (10, Anti-Gravity), Jemma Denman (Anti-Gravity), Morgan Fisher (7, Pointers), Chloe Davey (6, Anti-Gravity) and Eloise North (6, Anti-Gravity).Tramp comp 2.3.13

Springfit club held a competition recently in the Olympic gymnastics disciplines of floor routines and vaulting. We invited people from several local gym clubs and other organisations who provide the beneficial activity in centres throughout Surrey and Sussex.

The event was held at our flagship venue of Oakwood sports centre in Horley, where over 100 spectators turned out to support their children competing in the friendly event. As a recreational club, we provide classes for all ages and abilities from 2 years old, and at age 6 we invite any level of competitor to join in the fun event against their friends and class mates. There are lots of people, even relatively new to the sport, who love to show what they can do and give themselves a chance to win a medal from the panel of judges.

Everyone received a certificate of achievement for taking part and there were lots of smiles from the gold medal winners and proud parents. Someone from every club was invited and someone from every venue of the host club’s four centres walked away with a podium spot, so there was lots of talent spread all around that was recognised and rewarded. There is even a trophy awarded by the judges for effort, given to the child who didn’t quite make the medals but showed a lot of character in taking part.

The coaches of every club helped to make the event a success and many parents commented on how friendly the whole show was for their nervous little ones. With three competitions a year, they can be assured that there will be more joy to come!

Pictured below are the medal winners from the beginners grades and advanced grades. From top left to bottom right:

Jack Ashton (8, Springfit – St Bede’s), Kate Moseley (9, Pointers), Hannah Warbey (8, Springfit – Jubilee), Sammy Scott-Browne (9, Springfit  -Oakwood), Rebecca Ogston (9, Springfit – Oakwood), Kieran Hart (9, Springfit – Oakwood), Millie Gibbins (10, Pointers), Megan Cline (7, Springfit – Oakwood), Lauren Cahill (6, Pointers), Megan Smith (Springfit  – Jubilee), Amber Worth (8, Pointers), Eloise North (6, Pointers) and Lily Andrews (5, Springfit – Oakwood).

Abbie Clifton (14, Springfit – Oriel), Alice Melville (14, Springfit – Oakwood), Jessica Hann (13, Pointers), Daisy Roadnight (14, Pointers), Francesca Bagley (14, Springfit – St Bede’s), Lily Fairhall (14, Pointers), Georgia Gunn (13, Springfit – Jubilee), Lucy Pidgeon (11, Springfit), Lily Edwards (7, Springfit), Emily Marti-Cornish (7, Springfit), Lucy Baxter (11, Springfit – St Bede’s) and Georgia Shackel (12, Springfit – St Bede’s).

 

Several local trampoline clubs came together recently to take part in a friendly competition for children throughout Surrey and Sussex. They ranged from many shy and nervous first-time competitors to teenage bouncing sensations, performing complex moves for the audience.

The tri-annual events see Springfit bring many members to the competitions. There were plenty of winners taking home medals for each of the ability-based categories and some were so popular they were further split into age ranges.

Five different clubs had gymnasts competing and every one of them had a winner amongst their entrants. Many were competing for the first time, and everyone commented on how supportive the friendly atmosphere helped them have the courage to compete against their peers and enjoy the afternoon.

There were plenty of spectators who enjoyed the performances too, with the balcony packed with onlookers and proud parents cheering their children’s involvement.

The judging panel scored routines from those who have achieved Grade 8 of the Winstrada proficiency award system used throughout the UK right up to advanced grades from the same scheme. The Grade 10 and above levels, where somersaults are introduced, is always a tough category to distinguish winners from. A difference of only 0.2 points separated first and third place, with several others coming extremely close to the podium places.

The synchronised section completed the event, where two trampolinists perform the same routine in time with each other, being awarded extra points for being in time. This is always a great spectacle and a favourite with those who love the sport of trampolining.

Pictured below are the medal winners from the Advanced sections of the competition. From top left to bottom right:

Jonathan Brown (10, Springfit), Jemma Denman (11, Anti-Gravity), Abigail Moore (10, Pro-Gravity), Ella Price (10, Pro-Gravity) and Abigail Barker (16, Pointers)