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.

 

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.

 

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.

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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. 

 

Sorry that it has taken a few days to get this write-up finished but it has been a really busy couple of weeks!

On 24th 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 as part of a team to perform routines consisting of counter-balance moves, lifts, dance and tumbling with all set to music.

Acrobatics is one of the most accessible (but also one of the most tricky) of the gymnastics disciplines, as there is no real need for equipment when performing. Also by learning as a pair or group, gymnasts develop their skills, strength and coordination together, so they are learning more than just their gymnastics skills.

The first half of the competition was given over to Grade 1 and 4 Pairs. Sisters Phoenix and Jazmine Hogan performed excellently in the Grade 1 Pairs and came home with a Bronze Medal which so easily could have been Gold as there was onCharlie and Aimee looking Chic!ly .2 points separating first and third place. Also competing in this section were pair Charlie Knowles and Aimee Stapleton from our Monday St Bedes class – they had made their competition day a special occasion with a trip to the hairdresser for matching braids and nails – Very Chic!

Head Gymnastics Coach Helen Hutson-Pope who coaches the girls wants to say ” A special well done to Charlie who after 4 years with us, finally plucked up the courage to compete. You did it Charlie!!”

The second half was given over to the Grade 2 and 3 Pairs and Trios and it was great to see some of our sightly older gymnasts taking their places on the podium after some amazing performances.  The Grade 3 Pairs was another closely contested division with judges finding it hard to fault the performances and it resulted in 4 pairs sharing the Gold Medal! Even better was that two of these pairs were from Springfit – Well Done to Katie Vaughan and Eloise Murphy as well Eloise Budd and Sophia Wiid .

Our final medal of the day went to our Grade 3 girls trio of Sammy Scott-Browne, Katherine Bailey and Freya Mean who put in a dazzling but solid trio routine to take home the silver medal.

We would like to congratulate all the gymnasts that took part – you did yourself, your family and Springfit proud!

After a bit of a break due to a few busy weeks we are back to our “All About” posts, helping you to get to know the coaches a little better . Now it is the turn of Megan Snow who is one of our lovely Trampoline Head Coaches!

Megan Snow

Megan has recently achieved her Level 2 qualification through British Gymnastics. Not only is she a coach but she is also still actively competing in trampolining at Regional and National level with the Gatwick Flyers club. She has started training DMT (Double Mini Trampoline) in the Summer 2015 and is already getting prepared for the National league in this discipline! Who better to teach you trampolining than a near ‘pro’?!

What does your perfect day look like?

I think it’s hard to say… It always depends on my mood I guess but I would have to say my perfect day would be just having fun spending time with my family or friends doing fun activities and going out.

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

I’ve been to loads of countries in my young life but the only place I’ve not been yet and would love to travel would be Thailand. (I am actually going to travel Thailand with friends in December hopefully  : )

What makes you laugh the most?

I’m really lucky to have such a huge family  where everyone makes each other laugh – however it’s always got to be my nieces and nephews who make me laugh the most as they are such little characters and speak their minds which always puts everyone in stitches!

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

Erm.. This is hard as I’m already a fussy eater.. But I guess it would be my Dads roast dinner because they are yummy – minus the meat of course, as I’m not a fan of meats aha!

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

Well if I could have any super powers I would totally have them all… Who wouldn’t!!? 

What makes you happiest?

My cat! And if anyone knows me well they’ll understand my cat is my world aha!

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

My cat, clearly, and seeing as he isn’t a person I would also like to be stranded with Superman because he’s be able to fly us all back home 🙂

How did you get into Trampolining/Gymnastics and what do you love about working for Springfit ?

It’s a really strange way I got involved but when I was younger I actually went to a ballet academy which took up 24 hours a week of my time and during that time we had gymnastic classes for flexibility and a variety of skills including somersaults. One day my dad took me to class before school as he wanted to see what it was like (he was an ex gymnast and trampolinist at a high level back in his day and was offered to train with GB) and he was amazed by what I could at the age of 3/4 that he wanted me to follow in his steps. So he took me to squad classes with Clubs and I enjoyed them so much so I continued! To this day I still compete up to and including National competitions!

I came to Springfit nearly a year ago so that I could have experience coaching in a different environment where I would be challenged more! And I’ve just found it so rewarding because I love seeing the faces on the children and adults as they progress during the classes, but also I just love coming into a place of work where everyone’s always so happy and full of energy because it just completes my day knowing everyone’s so happy. They often turn around and say they “can’t wait for the next class” which is what I love about Springfit classes. It’s all so welcoming and enjoyable no matter what the age or even if you’re a coach or participant in the classes! 

Last weekend Springfit gymnasts were invited along to the annual tumbling competition hosted by our sister club Pointers in Warlingham. Gymnasts from 3 other clubs across Surrey also took part.

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.

In the more basic grades moves such as forward rolls, cartwheels and jumps are put together whereas in the higher grades back flips, somersaults and handsprings are joined together to produce fantastic gymnastics displays.

Two panels of judges cast their eye over the scores of children taking part from various clubs across Surrey and Sussex and some of the grades were closely contested with only 0.1 points spliting 1st and 3rd place in the grade 4.

7 medals were won by Springfit gymnasts in what proved to be a highly competitive and hugely rewarding event. Our GOLD medal winners were Chloe Forward (Grade 1), Jazmine Hogan (Grade 2) and Jasmine Cooper (Grade 1). Silver Medals were awarded to Olivia Gleason-James  (Grade 1) and Jamie Ives (Grade 2). Elise Alleyne (Grade 2) and Valentino Rodrigues (Grade 2) both took home Bronze medals. A Full List of the Results can be found here.

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.”

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 next month.

Pictured below are the medal winners from the first half (top) and second half (below) of the event.

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

Medal Winning Tumbling Gymnasts
Medal Winning Tumbling Gymnasts
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More Tumbtastic Medal Winners

On Saturday 12th March Springfit held the first of their triannual trampoline competitions of 2016 at Moor House School in Hurst Green.

Members from several local clubs joined together to show off their amazing talent on the trampolines and try to win medals in various ability categories. There were over sixty keen children taking part and it was great to see lots of people turning out to support all the competitors.

The younger competitors showed fantastic spirit in their determination to perform the best routine they could for the judging panel. In both entry-level grades and advanced levels, the spectacular moves were met with gasps of admiration from the spectators and feelings of pride by proud coaches. The medal ceremonies saw some delighted winners enjoying the surprise of winning a medal.

The judges were equally impressed with the quality of performances, which seems to get better and better with every event. 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.”

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.

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.

Springfit Gold medals winners were: Scarlett Shepherd, adding to her collection this time in Level E, Charlie Claydon who performed an almost flawless routine in Level F and Maisie May Scrannage who was overwhelmingly delighted at achieving the top spot in her first ever competition at Level I. There were also Bronze Medals for Ella Tresham at Level H and Jazmine Hogan in Level F.

Along with medals for achievement, there is also a 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. Lily Murphy who trains at Oakwood with us on a Friday was the well deserving winner of this trophy at this competition, as she bravely took to the trampolines for her second routine after nerves interrupted her first performance. She celebrates her seventh birthday this month and was full of smiles along with so many others who enjoyed the day.

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

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Proud Medal Winners
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Showing off their Medals and Trophys