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!

 

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.

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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!

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.

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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.

 

Last Saturday was the final Springfit Trampoline Competition of 2016 and there was an amazing turnout with over 70 trampolinists from 6 different clubs taking part. We would like to thank everyone that turned up to support their trampolinists as well the coaches, judges and spotters from all of the clubs – without you all there would not a competition!

The first half kicked off with the Grade I trampolinists. In the first three categories the medals were dominated by trampolinists from NMBEC, High Vaultage and Surbition High School.

The first Springfit medal came in the 9 year category with a Bronze for Maddie Austin who is coached by our Club Manager Adam on a Saturday at Oakwood Sports Centre.

Gold Medal Winning Sisters Jazmine and Phoenix Hogan along with Emily Hamilton (Marie Manhire-Clark Trophy for Effort).
Gold Medal Winning Sisters Jazmine and Phoenix Hogan along with Emily Hamilton (Marie Manhire-Clark Trophy for Effort).

Next completing a routine full of seat drops, front landings, twist jumps and tucks were the competitors aged 8 and younger and for many of the competitors in this section it was their first competition but they all did a fantastic job keeping control of any nerves. It was fantastic to see 7 year old Phoenix Hogan finally take a GOLD medal in a trampoline competition with a fantastic score of 15.47 and 8 year old Henri Kola take Silver with 15.07. Both Phoenix and Henri train at Oakwood with Adam and Head Coach Emma. Another Springfit winner is this category was Emily Hamilton who was awarded the Marie Manhire-Clark Trophy for Effort who put on fantastic display in her first competition and overcame nerves (sadly her coach Alex was unable to attend due to illness to support her) to put into two solid displays.

Medal Winners from Grades I & E
Medal Winners from Grades I & E

To mix it up it was decided to put the highest Grade (E) in the first half of the competition to allow some of the lesser experienced trampolinists see what they can achieve if they keep training. Jazmine Hogan produced two solid routines to take Gold in a very close category over Bea Torre from Anti-Gravity. The girls put on a dazzling display of somersaults, baranis and jumps with twists.

After a short break and a warm-up session for our second half competitors we moved onto the Grade H, G and F. In the first category were our Grade H 11-15 year olds – Springfit’s Sophie-Louise Naylor missed out on the Bronze medal by only 0.03 points and not fair behind Nina Cronin and Lily Woolsey were in joint 6th place. Next up was the those Grade H trampolinists aged 10 years and under and we are so pleased that Oakwood Eva Zielke took Bronze in this category and only narrowly missed the Silver medal by 0.07 points.

Synchro Medalists

We then moved onto Grade G and in the older age category 12 year old Harrison Freear took Bronze and Elise Allenyne was awarded the Marie Manhire-Clark award for effort as she put in a sterling display after having to make a last minute change to her voluntary routine.  The final Springfit medals of the day came in the Synchro section where Scarlett Shepherd and Jazmine Hogan (Grade E) , who train together in our Elite Trampoline Squad at St Bedes with Club Manager Adam, took Silver and Sophie-Louise Naylor and Lily Woolsey (Grade H) took Bronze. The second half of the competition also saw another set of Gold medal winning sisters – Emily and Chloe Davey from Anti-Gravity took the winning place on the podium in the Grade H and F respectively. Again we would like to congratulate everyone that took part and thank everyone who helped make this event such a resounding success. We can not wait till the next competition in March 2017.

Full Results can be found here – RESULTS.

Grade H, G , F & Synchro Medalists.

 

Next in the firing line for us to get to know a bit better is another one of our Head Gymnastics Coaches – the lovely Helen Hutson-Pope. She teaches at our St Bede’s Training Centre in Redhill – including our Adults Gymnastics on a Wednesday. Helen is an great asset to our Club and has recently taken on the role of Coach Co-Ordinator, assisting our coaches on furthering their education and making sure all their necessary paperwork is up to date.

 

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1 – What does your perfect day look like?

I would love to relive a day in Ibiza last year which was about as perfect as it could get. We had a huge villa for all our friends and their families. We played pool games in the morning, had an in-house chef cook the most amazing BBQ lunch. Then in the afternoon, the dads and kids flew home leaving the ‘girls’ to party on a private yacht on into the evening.

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

I have been very lucky to have travelled pretty much to everywhere I’ve had on my bucket list. But my husband will laugh because despite him travelling up to Scotland on a regular basis, no matter how much I ask, he’s never taken me with him to Edinburgh!! So that’s where I’d like to go.

3 – What makes you laugh the most?

I do love American sitcoms. They’ve got it nailed.. Big Bang Theory and Frasier never get tired, and Brooklyn 99 is my fave at the moment.

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

Pizza

5 – If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?

To get to anywhere I want to go with a single blink of my eyes. I hate waiting!

6- What makes you happiest?

Being just in the moment with my close friends; drinking, chatting, laughing, dancing. 

7 – Who would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island?

Probably just my cats. I wouldn’t end up killing them ! But I might make a little space under my palm tree for Ian Somerhalder 😉

 8-  How did you get into Gymnastics and what do you love about Springfit ?

I got back into gymnastics when I took my daughter to her first gymnastics classes at the age of 3. I started helping out, and it just snowballed from there. I love Springfit because of the spirit of the Club which values every child (and adult) equally, regardless of ability, and has its focus primarily on fun and fitness, not its trophy cabinet!

Sunday 10th July saw the Beam and Trampette phase of our annual gymnastics competition program and it was a fantastic day! It was great to see some many parents, grandparents and siblings coming along to support the boys and girls. There was a fantastic atmosphere which embodied what Springfit is all about – we are so glad to have you all as part of our club.

The first half of the competition was for the Beam and we had competitors in both the Intermediate and Advanced Level using both the medium and high beam. There was some nerves but with their coaches Georgie or Plamen close by to offer moral support these were quickly overcome and everyone put in good solid performances.

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Ella Kola mid routine watched by Coach Plamen and the judges.

The first Gold Medalist of the day went to Hattie Williams (Jubilee) who after a nervy start nailed the rest of her performance to edge out Ella Kola (Oakwood) who took silver in the Intermediate 10-13 years category. In the 9 year old category Oakwood’s Eloise Murphy took Gold with a great routine ahead of Neve Thornton (Jubilee).

Next up was the 8-10 year olds and only 0.1 of a point separated Kate Timbrell (St Bede’s) and Daisy Maclay (Jubilee) for Gold and Silver respectively.

The final category in the Intermediate Level was 4 girls attempting routines on the high beam and they all put in a magnificent routines and completed some tricky moves. Congratulations to Jazmine Hogan who trains in one of our Advanced Gymnastics classes at Oakwood who took Gold and Meritia who trains in our Youth Gymnastics class took a well deserved Silver.

Finally was the Advanced Section – Elite Gymnastics Katie Vaughan took Gold with an amazing performance full of character and topped off with a front flip dismount on the High Beam followed by Sophia English(Oakwood)  and Olivia Gleason-James (Jubilee) in Silver and Bronze respectively on the medium beam after both completing difficult routines. Picture below are all of our Beam Medalists.

Beam Medalists
Beam Medalists

After a short break and a chance to refuel for those gymnasts taking part in both parts of the competition we moved onto the Trampette section of the competition. It was amazing to see all the gymnasts flying through the air completing various different jumps and moves off the trampette. We had three age groups in the Grade 1 category – in the 9-14 year olds Olivia Gleason-James added a Gold Medal to her earlier bronze by executing her 4 jumps near perfectly. Sienna Excell (Jubilee) got Silver to add to her Bronze from the beam competition. In the 8 year old age group it was another Jubilee gymnast who took Gold – Millie Bassett followed by Oakwood’s Jasmine Keane and Caitlin Taylor in Silver and Bronze respectively. In the Final Grade 1 group (6/7 year olds) Daisy Maclay took Gold closely followed by Oakwood’s William Parsons and Phoenix Hogan respectively.

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Very Happy Trampette Medalists!

As we moved up the Grades the jumps and moves got more difficult and it was thrilling to watch the gymnasts show off their skills. For the 10-12 year olds in Grade 2, it was a clean sweep for Oakwood gymnasts with Maya Rogers in Gold, Emma Burridge in Silver and Amy Lee in Bronze. Next up where the 7-9 year olds and we had a tie for the Bronze medal between Jubilee’s Georgie Davis and Elena Chater. Eloise Murphy added to her medal haul with Silver and Joshua Hebert was our first male Gold medalist of the day.

Grade 3 saw another boy take Gold as Oscar Staples (Oriel) completed the following moves – Half Turn Jump, Full Turn Jump, Dive Forward Roll and Front Tucked Somersault with ease. Jazmine Hogan took silver and Lauren Scrivener took Bronze. In Grade 4 and 5 we only had one competitor in each section Katie Vaughan and Ruby Charlesworth respectively – who both dazzled everyone with their Barani’s and Somersaults amongst other moves to close the competition.

Well Done to everyone that took part and it was great to see such a great friendly competition. Full Results are avalaible here: RESULTS! 

2016 is going so quick and it was hard to believe that it was already time for our second of our tri-annual trampoline competitions of 2016 on the 2nd July! As usual it was hosted at Moor House School in Hurst Green.

Members from several local clubs joined together including new comers Kim and her team from Surbiton High to show off their amazing talent on the trampolines and try to win medals in various ability categories. The friendly and caring atmosphere that Springfit aim to create at all their competitions made sure that EVERYONE felt comfortable and welcome and definitely will have calmed any pre-competition nerves. There were nearly 70 keen and enthusiastic trampolinists taking part and it was great to see lots of people turning out to support all the competitors.

The first half of the competition was given over to competitors in Grade Levels I and G. Everyone showed fantastic spirit in their determination to perform the best routines they could for the judging panel.

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Grade I & G Medal Winners – Springfit Winners were Emily, Nina and Emily H.

Springfit Trampolinists were on the podium with Emily Lyons (Oakwood, Sunday) taking a Silver medal in Grade I for the 13/14 year olds and Nina Cronin (Oakwood, Saturday) taking Bronze in the same grade for 11/12 year olds. Another noticeable Springfit performance in this half was by 6 year old Emily Hamilton (Oakwood, Thursday) who won the trophy awarded for “effort in competition”. This was presented in loving memory of Marie Manhire-Clark who was a judge at our competitions for many years and tragically passed away at the age of 29. This award is to honour her involvement and encouragement in helping so many people enjoy the sport and enabling them to be able to perform in competitions.

Well Done to all of the other Springfit Trampolinists who put in great routines in these grades but sadly were just outside of the medals – there is always chance to get one in November!

Head Judge Adam Reynolds said of the event: “It is such a pleasure to host these competitions. Seeing the trampolinists improve with each competition they enter is a privilege to see. We also enjoy seeing children who are taking part in their first competition overcome any nerves and put in good solid routines, the months of practice really do show!”

The second half of the competition saw even more medals for Springfit including GOLD for Jazmine Hogan, who trains in our Elite Trampoline Squad at St Bedes on Mondays as well as her regular class at Oakwood on Fridays, in Grade F and Scarlett Shepherd, another one of our Elite Trampolinists who also trains at Oriel, in Grade E.  Fellow Elite Squad member Charlie Claydon took Silver behind Scarlett. Another one of our Elite class boys was 13 year old trampolinist Kieran Hart who trains at Oakwood too, who took home Silver in the Grade G.  Sisters Lily and Eloise Murphy were together on the podium after taking Silver and Bronze respectively in Grade H for those 10 years and under.The sisters train on a Friday together at our Oakwood Centre.

Trampoline Comp Medal Winners
More Medal Winners – Kieran, Charlie, Scarlett, Lily, Eloise and Jazmine.

As usual the synchronised section completed the event – two trampolinists perform the same routine in time with each other.  This is always a great spectacle and a favourite with those who love the sport of trampolining. Springfit Oakwood duo Lily Woolsey &  Sophie – Louise Naylor took a well deserved silver which added to Sophie’s Bronze from the Grade H category. Huge congratulations must go to each and every competitor who displayed determination on the apparatus, and enjoyed the event showing great sportsmanship which helped to create such a fun and friendly atmosphere.

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