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Notts Girls compete at the Challenge Cup!

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Last weekend Notts girls Liv Hackney, Thea Dane and Isabella Willocks competed at the Challeneg Cup competition in Guildford. Saturday saw Liv compete at junior level, Liv in  her first year of competing at National competition, following on from the English championships in March. In a tough competition of almost 70 competitors Liv started with a solid performance with a piked Tusuk on Vault and was pleased to stick the landing following a few problems in the days leading up to the weekend. Bars saw another good performance with all her handstands hitting the vertical, moving to Beam often the apparatus which causes problems, just one mistake from Liv falling on her spin saw her gaining in confidence. Finally Floor and another strong routine but the landing of her 1 ½ twisting dismount out of the floor adding to the deductions awarded by the judges. Overall an encouraging performance and with hard work in training next year will undoubtedly see stronger routines with more skills.


Sunday saw Issy Willocks, Thea Dane compete at the Espoir Challenge Cup, held in Guildford. A field of over 70, 12-13 years olds battled it out to become a National Champion with many using the competition to try and qualify for the British Championships. This was Issy's first taste of a competition at this particular level and for good measure, Issy was drawn to compete first on the Floor. A hand down on the opening tumble (double tuck) was the only blemish of an otherwise well choreographed routine that also included a 1 1/2 twisting backward somersault and full twisting somersault forward.

Vault was slightly reduced in difficulty but a clean and tidy effort gave Issy some confidence moving onto her Bars routine. A short exercise meant the score didn't reflect Issy's efforts, overcoming her fears and performing a swinging turn in between the bars for the very first time.

Issy finished her competition on arguably the most difficult piece of apparatus, the Beam. A fantastic performance was rewarded with a great score of 12.45 and a seventh place finish on this particular apparatus. This was a very positive finish to a competition that provided a huge learning curve and some valuable experience for the young gymnast.Thea in her first year of National competition started on Floor, competing Piked Double back for the first time, she was unable to control the landing and fell backwards, another fall on the front full twist meant the score was lower than Thea had hoped for. A strong dismount of double twist gave much encouragement for the next apparatus. Vault produced a strong performance with a Piked Tsuk, a hop on landing was the only major deduction from a good vault. Moving to bars and an unexpected fall on the normally solid Mo saw Thea end up with a short routine, the experience will ensure that she works hard to get in additional skills. Finally to the best apparatus of the day, Beam, A wobble on Tucked back somersault and spin were the only major deductions in a solid routine.

Well done girls and coaches!


Double Downie Cup Entry CLOSING SOON!!

Categories // Gymnastics For All, Women's artistic

OCTOBER 29TH - 30TH 2016 PRESENTS THE DOUBLE DOWNIE CUP. Entries are now open. Please download the entry form and email or post FAO Jemma Wilson.

Double Downie Cup




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Congratulations to the following gymnasts 

  Girls - Caitlin Williams  - determination to return from injury 

Boys - Alfie Heard - Hard work and skills improvement 

Gymnastics For All - Susan Maghami - Hard work and achieving her move to R1


Ellie and Becky Downie compete for Team GB at the Rio Olympics!

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In the summer of 2016 Ellie and Becky Downie travelled to Rio for the Olympic games, as members of team GB's gymnastic team. After a series of training days and a tough days qualification Team GB qualified for the team final, whilst Ellie (who was unable to finish her floor in qualifying due to a fall) qualfiied for the AA final. Becky narrowley missed out on the bars final, her big routine hit without a fall gained a qualifying score of 15.233 (with a brush of her feet on the apparatus). Ellie also narrowley missed out on vault and beam finals.



On the team final day, Team GB performed fabulously to make history yet again. Team GB finished 5th. For a full report please see the link below - 



Congratulations all girls and coaches!

Following on from the team final Ellie Downie competed in the AA final, with a fantastic floor and vault Ellie put herself in a good position, she fought hard through her bar routine to avoid coming off and showed strong determination on beam. Even with the injury from qualifying Ellie performed her hard double arabian dismount and just over rotated. Ellie at only 17 finished 13th showing there is much more to come from her in the future. For a full report -



Well done Ellie and coach Jo Miller!


Large Notts Girls Representation at County Championships!

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Sunday 24th July saw Notts girls across a variety of competitive and squad groups compete in the annual county championships. The morning competition saw one Elite gymnast Laura Kaletha compete in the Junior catorgory, on her return to full fitness she competed all 4 apparatus and won the overall title. In other catorgories Lucy Allen placed 6th in the OA level 3 competition, whilst in the level 4 OA competition Jessie Mitchell placed 8th and Tanith Beresford 9th. Tanith also acheived the highest vault score.

In a large level 5 catorgory in age Lexi Siddons placed 5th, Violet Billingham 6th, Lottie Darby 7th and Bella Saunders-Lucas 8th. In the out of age competition (9-10yrs) Niamh Lehane placed 4th (2nd highest beam score), Lucy WIllis 8th (2nd highest vault score), Joanna Darby 9th, Molly Nicholls 13th, D'arcy Jackson 15th, Lori Prentice 17th, Scarlette Swannick 18th, Sophia Checkely 19th and Lucy Beech 21st, over in the 11yrs competition Eve Humphreys placed 7th and Kiyomi Topham 12th.


in the afternnon competition some of our youngest gymnasts from Development, Development Elite and Regional competed. in the level 6 in age catorgory Naomi Williams won the silver medal, Katie Donaghey bronze, Cadie Munday placed 4th, Diaz Hector 5th, Erin Prentice 6th and Lily Reyes 9th. Cadie recieved the 2nd highest vault score, Diaz and Erin scored the highest bar scores of 14.15, whilst Naomi and Katie achieved the 2nd highest beam scores and Diaz a superb 13.25 for her floor routine. For the OA (8yrs) catorgory Adele Brown won the silver medal, with Katie Hyland 8th and Anna Bianchi 10th, Adele also achieved the 2nd highest beam and floor score. in the OA (9yrs) catorgory Amelia Coventry won the bronze medal, also achieving the highest vault score,

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In the level 7 catorgory for in age gymnasts Freya Lacey won the silver medal and Tess Billingham bronze, Xyla Parris placed 4th, Jessica Stevens 5th, Matilda Rayner 8th, Lilo Sharpe 9th, Kieley Brown 10th, Faith Wright 11th and Isla Skedge (3 pieces) 15th. Freya recieved the highest vault score. In the OA (7yrs) catorgory Stephanie Booth won the silver medal, Hattie Jackson placed 4th, Layla Lehane 5th, Imogen Bore 8th adn Ella Dean 11th. Stephanie also recieved the highest bar and beam score, whilst Imogen scored highest on floor. For the 8yrs catorgory Lily Hawthorne placed 10th and Antonia Crofts 13th.

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