Laura is Regional Champion Again and Emma Makes the East Team for National finals

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  • November 8, 2014
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LAURA IS REGIONAL CHAMPION AGAIN AND EMMA MAKES THE EAST TEAM FOR NATIONAL FINALS

The regional championships for levels five to two once again took place alongside the FIG and challenge championships at Ipswich on 5th October, meaning that the day hosted the best of the region’s new young talent, as well as those that have come through the ranks and made it through to FIG level.

Millie Hart and Poppy Chapman took part in the level 5 event. Having had a previously very solid competitive year, Millie couldn’t quite complete it the way she had wanted with a fall from beam here on her final piece. Millie showed good work on the other pieces and finished in a creditable 14th position overall. Poppy added very new giants to her bar routine and performed them with good style. She was rewarded well for this routine with 12.65 to give her the bronze medal on this piece of apparatus, a fitting reward for her strong shapes and technique on this event. Poppy also went cleanly through her other routines to finish seventh overall with an excellent score of 48.00.

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At level 4 Lily Tranfield had another excellent competition, with yet another set of clean routines. Beam was once again Lily’s strongest event and she scored 12.20 here, narrowly missing out on an apparatus medal. Lily finished in ninth place amongst a strong field with 47.95. Emma Atkin, in her bid to reach the national finals, had a slightly shaky start to her competition on beam but did well to stay on the apparatus. From this she moved on to her strong pieces and produced a lovely floor routine which won the silver medal with 12.50. She was safe and solid on vault and finished in style on bars with 12.85. Emma’s total of 49.05 saw her place fourth overall, meaning that she will form part of the East team at the national finals in Guildford in November.

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The club’s final competitor of the day was Laura Rose Cooke in the Challenge Espoir section of the FIG competition. Starting on vault, Laura’s improved consistency in training paid dividends with a very well landed piked tsukahara to score 12.90 (third across all sections of the competition) and it was a similar story on bars where she picked up one of her personal best scores here (10.45). Laura had a mistake on beam but recovered well to finish with a clean floor. Her total of 46.00 saw Laura crowned regional champion once again and she also received apparatus golds on vault, bars and floor and the silver on beam.

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This was a good showing for the club in the second year of the new levels and we hope to continue strong representation across the levels and to expect the number of FIG competitors to increase too in future years.

 

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