2018 News and Competition Reports
The annual Christmas raffle was drawn on Saturday 15th December. Winners have been notified so please make sure you pick your prizes up from the gym.
Shrewsbury Christmas Invitational
The final competition of the year is complete! Senior Rec Comp Squad had a great experience competing at Lilleshall in the SGA Christmas Invitational. Highlights included the following results:
Poppy- 1st Beam, 6th all around
Ella-Rose- 1st all around, 1st Beam
Emily-Mae- 3rd all around, 1st vault and bars
Maddison- 6th all around, 3rd bars, 3rd vault
Niamh- 3rd all around, 1st vault, 2nd bars and 1st floor
Esme- 1st all around
Mia- 2nd all around
Grace- 3rd all around
John Reeves Inter-County Competition
Based on their success and the regional and county championships this year, Wyre Forest qualified three gymnasts to represent Hereford and Worcestershire at the John Reeves competition. Chloe and Ellie were part of the senior team that won the gold medal, and Chloe won the rosette for the highest floor score. Katie was in the junior team who won the bronze medal, and Katie also won the rosette for the highest score on bars. Well done girls!
West Midlands Voluntary Floor and Vault
On Sunday 2nd December, our recreational competition squads along with some of our recreational gymnasts took part in the Voluntary Floor and Vault Championships. In round 1, our two under 11 Advanced teams competed, showing good levels of difficulty and execution, to take 1st and 2nd place. Individually, Emily placed 2nd and Maddie placed 3rd, with Amelie only 0.1 behind. Round 2 saw our Advanced Under 9 teams compete, with the team of 9 year olds placing 3rd and Poppy bringing home the individual silver medal. Our Under 9 Beginners competed in their first external competition with lots of confidence and smiles in round 3. Due to some injuries, the Under 13 advanced team was in a tough position of having to count all 4 gymnasts scores towards the team total. Despite this, they showed some very good gymnastics and competed some new skills for the first time. We had two teams competing in the final round. The Under 15 Advanced team placed 2nd with Esme also placing 2nd individually. The Over 16 team also placed 2nd as a team to bring our medal count for the day up to 9. Results are available here or on the competition results page.
Annual Display 2018
Our annual displays took place on the week beginning 12th November 2018, with the theme of 'Dreams'. It was a super week of performances and it was lovely to see so many gymnasts taking part with smiles on their faces. Thank you to everyone involved in the displays- gymnasts, coaches, parents and volunteers! The next display week will take place in December 2019.
Level 5 Championships 2018
It was a long day in Cannock on 21st October for coach Jess as her gymnasts competed in the Level 5 Competition. Lexi and Lily competed in the In Age Competition, Daisy, Katie and Tayla competed in the 9/10 years Competition and Sienna competed in the new Pre-Level 5 Competition. Well done girls- lots of smiles and great team spirit shown!
County Championships 2018
7th October saw our Competition Squad compete in the County Championships. In the first round, Amelia Tew, Ellie Lashford and Mimi Williams competed in the Level 2 category, and Erin McDonald in the In Age Level 4 competition. Amelia Tew finished in 3rd place overall (with 2 falls on beam), becoming county champion on floor and placing 2nd on bars. Ellie placed 4th all around, with 2nd on floor and 3rd on beam. Mimi came 7th overall, placing 4th on both vault and bars. Erin came away as county champion on vault and beam.
In the Level 4 out of age competition, Lottie Andrews was crowned county champion on vault, placing 7th all around. Olivia Pointon got bronze medals on vault and bars on her way to a 5th place all around finish. Alice Manterfield showed a much improved vault and floor routine to finish 14th.
In the Level 3 out of age competition, Chloe Field came 4th all around (4th vault, 4th bars, 6th floor), Rhiannah McIntosh came 6th all around (5th beam, 6th floor), Sian Culwick placed 10th (5th vault, 5th floor) and Jemima Minchin came 15th (6th vault).
The final round saw the Level 5 competition. Lexi Williams came 2nd (2nd vault, beam and floor, 3rd beam) and Lily Carter came 4th in the In Age group (3rd vault, 2nd bars). Sienna Sebastiano competed at Pre-level 5 and placed 4th (4th beam and 4th floor). In the Out of Age competition, Katie Russell was crowned county champion in the all around, placing 1st on bars, beam and floor. Tayla Burleigh came 5th in her 1st competition since moving up to competition squad (3rd beam and 3rd floor) and Daisy Dowell got a bronze medal on vault and 4th place on floor to finish 6th place all around.
Super well done girls!
In House Competition 2018
A huge well done goes to all the gymnasts who took part in our In House Competition on 8th September. A special congratulations goes to all of our newly crowned club champions.
Recreational Class Levels
Level 1 8/9 years- Amy V
Level 1 10 years- Mia A
Level 2 9-11 years- Lola T
Level 2 12/13 years- Maddison M
Level 2 14+ years- Martha D
Level 3- Libby O
Rec Comp Levels
Level 7- Caitlyn Carter
Beginner- Poppy Wade
Intermediate 8/9 years- Poppy Zimmermann
Intermediate 10-12 years- Leah Hathaway
Advanced 10-12 years- Ella-Rose Beasley
Advanced 13+ years- Grace Odell
Competition Squad Levels
Level 5 In Age- Lexi Williams
Level 5 Out of Age- Katie Russell
Level 4 In Age- Erin McDonald
Level 4 Out of Age- Olivia Pointon
Level 3 Out of Age- Sian Culwick
Level 2 Out of Age- Ellie Lashford
Thank you to all coaches and judges who gave up their time on the day, our fundraising committee for their efforts and to all the spectators who supported the gymnasts during the competition.
Adult British Gymnastics Championships
Congratulations to our adult gymnasts and their coach, Sam, who competed at the Adult British Gymnastics Championships at Lilleshall on 24th and 25th August. This was our largest entry ever at this event, following the creation of our adult class in January.
Eric Sinnett won the silver medal in the Men’s novice competition, with Owen Sinnett coming in 7th place. Beth Smith narrowly missed out on a medal in the women’s novice competition, placing 4th. Meg Seagrove placed 11th, Hollie Jones 13th, Georgia Parsons 24th and Becky Tildesley 27th in that category. Megan Lown placed 14th in the very strong Intermediate competition.
Asda Green Tokens
We won £200 from the Green Token initiative at Asda Kidderminster. Thank you to everyone who put their tokens in our box and thanks go to Asda for supporting us in this way.
Birmingham Invitational 2018
On 1st July, our Recreational Competition Squads competed in the Birmingham Invitational. Our youngest teams had a good competition, with our advanced team winning 3rd place overall (2nd bars and floor, 3rd vault and beam) and our novice team placing 3rd on beam. In the intermediate age group, one of our advanced teams placed 2nd overall (2nd beam, 3rd vault and floor) and the other placed 3rd on beam. One of our intermediate novice teams placed 2nd overall (2nd vault, bars and floor) and the other team came 3rd overall (3rd bars and vault). In the senior competition, our advanced team placed 3rd overall (2nd bars, 3rd vault, beam and floor), and our novice team came 1st (1st vault, 2nd bars, beam and floor). A super job by all the girls, especially considering how warm it was!
The annual presentation evening for our recreational classes took place on 16th June at Kidderminster Harriers social club. All our gymnasts and volunteers in attendance were recognised for their achievements over the last year. Congratulations to our gymnasts of the year for their various classes- Lily, Liliana, Millie, Caitlin, Rose, Sophie, William, Freddie, Annie, Chloe, Lorelei, Millie, Coco, Faye, Maya, Evie, Clorice, Hattie, Amber and Maddie. Newcomer volunteer of the year was awarded to Isla, and volunteer of the year was awarded to Isabella. Coach of the Year was won by Megan Seagrove. Well done to all of our gymnasts and volunteers, and thank you to all who supported the event!
After a successful year of fundraising, we have been able to order lots of new equipment for the gym. New mats for under bars and the low beam have arrived, as well as two new sturdy spotting blocks. Keep your eyes peeled for more new equipment arriving over the next couple of months!
West Midlands Novice Championships
What a successful weekend we had at the Novice Championships! Poppy Z was crowned Regional Champion in the beginner 8-9 division (1st on bars and floor), with Fleur being awarded a rosette for 5th place. Ellie P also had a strong competition to place 11th in a field of 63. In the Intermediate 8-9 category, Tayla overcame her fear of jumping to catch the high bar to win the bronze medal (1st on vault). We had a large number of gymnasts in the intermediate 10-12 group, with Mia T having her best competition to date to win the silver medal out of 87 entrants! Emily-Mae and Niamh also placed in the top 10. In the Advanced 13+ competition, Esme was the highest scorer on bars which lead her to a 5th place finish. Well done to all the girls who competed and the coaching team! Full results are here or on the Competition Results page
Malcolm Gee Shield
For the second year in a row, All Starz Gymnastics invited our Recreational Competition Squad to take part in the Malcolm Gee Shield. Out of the 8 teams we entered, 6 of them came home with medals. The day started off with our beginner gymnasts taking part in their first external 4 piece competition. Our team of 8 year old gymnasts won the bronze medal, with our other team just 0.6 behind in 4th place. The 10-11 year old team had the difficult task of all their scores counting towards the team total but put in a strong performance to finish 4th. Our 15+ Intermediate team also had all scores counting towards the team total and earned the silver medal, just 0.55 behind gold. This team were also leading the standings to earn the Malcolm Gee Vault Shield up until the final round. The 12-14 Intermediate team also earned a silver medal highlighted by some very good scores on bars. In the final round of the day, we had two teams in the 10-11 intermediate category and a team in the 15+ advanced. The 10-11 teams performed some very confident gymnastics to earn the gold and silver medals, and the 15+ team also won the gold medal in their category. A super days work, well done to all gymnasts, coaches and judges and a big thank you to All Starz for inviting us. Full results are here or on the Competition Results page
West Midlands Regional Grades
Wyre Forest had 8 gymnasts compete in the Regional Grades competition. Lily, Lexi and Sienna did a fabulous job in the first round at their first regional competition, all gaining a Distinction. In the second round, Ava had a clean competition at Grade 5 to achieve a commended, and Mimi also achieved a commended at Grade 1 with a fall on beam. In the final round, Rhiannah, Olivia and Lottie all earned a commended at Grade 3. Rhiannah had a clean competition highlighted with winning 1st place on beam with a huge score of 13.07, Olivia did well to stick a beam routine that has been challenging for her but had to count a fall on Range, and Lottie overcame her knee injury to have a good competition with just 1 fall on beam. Well done girls, you represented the club very well and can now work on new skills!
Compulsory and National Grades
Four of our gymnasts competed in the West Midlands Compulsory and National Grades competition in Cannock on 14th and 15th April. Erin, Daisy and Katie competed in their first compulsory grade where Erin was awarded a rosette for her 6th place finish. Chloe competed well in the National Grade 3 competition but one fall on beam dropped her down to 11th place. Photos are in the Photo Gallery page and full results are here or on the Competition Results page.
Cartwheel to the Commonwealth Games
On Saturday 7th April, we held a sponsored cartwheel event where we aimed to complete 10,333 cartwheels in an afternoon- 10,333 is the number of miles between our gym and Gold Coast where the Commonwealth Games were held. Our gymnasts exceeded all expectations and not only met the target within the first two hours, but managed to complete the return trip and completed a grand total of 21,536 cartwheels in four hours. Special mentions to go Ella, Emily, Dani and Fleur who all did over 800 cartwheels in an hour.
Congratulations to Jessika who raised the most sponsorship- a fantastic £129.20! In total we raised over £900 which we have spent on new floor bars and new wedge mats for the gym.
Worcester Floor and Vault
Recreational Competition Squad didn't let the snow and cold conditions phase them to compete at the Worcester floor and vault competition. Our under 11 team of Emily, Maddison, Lucy, Lucy, Emily-Mae and Danniella won the 1st place rosette, with Emily-Mae winning the individual competition by a whole mark. Our under 13 team of Mia, Isabella, Lydia, Niamh, Olivia and Maddison won 3rd place for the second weekend in a row. Competing as individuals, Evie and Poppy showed an improved performance in the under 9 category and Grace put in a strong performance in the under 15 age group to get the highest vault score. Full results are available here or on the competition results page, and photos are updated on the 2018 competition photographs page.
George Finney Floor and Vault Championships
Congratulations to our Recreational Competition Squad who had their first competition of the year at the George Finney Floor and Vault Championships in Stoke on 11th March. For the majority of our under 9's this was their first competition outside of our gym and they took it all in their stride and did some of their best gymnastics. Our under 11's put in a good performance in a very strong category. Our under 13 team of Mia, Isabella, Lydia, Niamh, Olivia and Maddison came away with a bronze medal, as did our over 16 team of Faye, Megan, Amba, Becky and Grace. Our under 15 team of Grace, Kasey, Paige, Esme and Sophie came home with the trophy and gold medal in their category. Becky and Esme also won individual medals in their respective categories. Well done girls, and a huge thank you to the coaches and parents who gave up their day to support the girls. Full results will be posted once we receive them.