On 7th May, Springfit gymnasts 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. 

  Our great Springfit Gymnasts ready to perform!

The day was filled with energy and the support from relatives and friends was fantastic – we enjoy these local competitions as much as our gymnasts, they are so friendly and fun! 

Springfit gymnasts took home a bucketful of medals – including in three Springfit pairs in Grade 1 sharing first place with a duo from High Vaultage! Congratulations to Rachel Barrington and Saskia Spencer (Copthorne -coached by Katie), Jasmine Keane and Isabell Ball (Oakwood –coached by Plamen) and Ellie Blackstock and Daisy Maclay (Jubilee – coached by Georgie and Abbie) for holding their nerve and putting in a near perfect performance in this tough category.  Next up twins Amber and Lauren Frankland put in a great performance (see the video kindly shared by their parents) to take Gold in the Grade 1 category (starting value between 10.8-11.8). The twins are coached by Head Coach Steve at our Hazelwick training centre and you can see him proudly watching them in the video! It was a clean sweep for Springfit with Florie Bradstock and Katie Harding (Jubilee) and Ella-Mae Cox and Emily Dobb (Oakwood) taking silver and bronze. The Grade 1 duos were very entertaining with some clever choreography to pieces of music from films like the Pink Panther!  

Grade 2 Pairs meant more medals for our gymnasts with Hazelwick duo Chloe Forward and Lexi Randall taking 2nd closely followed Oakwood’s Amelie Fobbester-Balk and Amy Lee taking 3rd place. 

In Grade 3 Springfit veterans Sammy Scott-Browne and Jazmine Hogan narrowly missed out on silver to take home a bronze medal – they had the added pressure of going live on our Facebook Page with their performance as well! Click here to watch them perform – Sammy and Jazmine . 

In the higher grades the routines got harder and higher and even with an extra person when the trios took to the mats!

Springfit Trios also put in excellent performances – Aimee Jordan along with sibling pair Amy and Daniel Taristano took Gold as did Katie Vaughan, Sammy Scott-Browne and Sophie Tilley in the Grade 3 Trios who all train together in our Elite Squad at Oakwood. 

What a day! We would like to congratulate all the gymnasts that took part – you did yourself, your family and Springfit proud! Full Results can be found here

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.