Gymnasts

Emily Crowe (ECS1) GYMNAST OF THE YEAR 2009 AND 2010

Emily started gymnastics at the age of 5 and has been coached by her current personal coach, Sara-Jane Inglis since the age of 7. She currently trains around 25 hours a week in the Elite Competition Squad.

Emily has amazing natural talent and a “gymnastics brain” – she is able to learn very difficult skills quickly and easily. She has extremely powerful legs which helps to make her a strong vaulter and tumbler, she is also very steady on the beam and is continually working hard to make improvements on her most challenging piece of aparatus, the bars.

Emily is TNAG’s first gymnast to be included in the Great Britain Squad, having earned a place in the World Class Start Squad for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 and the World Class Potential Squad for 2011-2012. She is also the first gymnast from the Academy to be selected to represent Great Britain, a feat which she achieved twice in 2011 – once against Sweden at Lilleshall and once travelling as part of the GB team to a five way youth international in Germany. With further interational opportunties surely awaiting her in 2012 and beyond, Emily can justifiably claim to be one of the top junior gymnasts in the country, and the very best to come out of Norfolk for many years.

Emily receives financial support from Broadland District Council and The Joanna Scott Foundation.

Achievements

2005

Norfolk county level 5 overall bronze medallist

2006

Norfolk county grade 6 overall silver medallist

Regional grade 6 finalist

Norfolk county level 4 overall silver medallist

Norfolk county level 4 beam champion

Member of East Region Development Squad

2007

Member of East Region Development Squad

Compulsory level 4 regional final – 11th place

Qualifier to national compulsory 4 final – 35th place

Norfolk County level 4 in age and joint overall champion and champion on beam

East Region Regional in age level 4 championships 6th place overall and qualifier to national final

26th ranked overall in Great Britain

2008

Norfolk county silver medalist at compulsory 3
5th place overall at regional compulsory 3 competition – qualifier to national finals and reserve for the East region team (promoted to team).
Compulsory level 3 national final – 11th place, and a Gold Medallist for the East region team
Norfolk voluntary levels championships – gold medalist at level 3 in age and level 3 overall trophy winner
Alpha Factor national invitational competition – 8th place overall at level 3 in age and 1st placed rosette on floor

Regional level 3 in age championships – bronze medalist overall and selected for regional team for national finals

Member of 11th placed Bill Slater team

National in age level finals – 23rd place overall and combined ranking for the year of 17th; silver medal with East region team

2009

Norfolk county grades championships – Compulsory 2, silver medal
Pass at compulsory level 2 national competition in Liverpool, becoming an elite gymnast
Selected to represent the East region at the junior British Schools Championships. Team placed 5th and Emily placed 12th individually

Member of East regional squad

Norfolk county level 2 champion at in age level 2 and overall

4th place overall at Alpha Factor national invitational competition, 2nd place rosette for floor

Member of team that placed 7th at Bill Slater team championships and the first placed individual scorer and highest scorer on floor.

Regional overall silver medalist at level 2 in age and silver medals on all pieces of apparatus (beam place later upgraded to gold)

5th place at National final for level 2 in age and 11th combined for the year

2010

Member of GB World Class Start Squad

8th place at English espoir championships – 4th beam and 7th floor. Top placed first year

Junior British Schools individual champion, and silver medalist with team.

11th place at British Espoir championships, 2nd placed qualifier to floor finals where she finished 4th.

Norfolk champion at FIG level, fourth successive overall county title

3rd place at espoir level at Alpha Factor Open and highest scorer on floor

Member of Norfolk Academy FIG team that took bronze at regional FIG championships, and individual silver medalist at espoir level, regional champion on vault and silver medalist on bars, beam and floor.

2011

Member of GB World Class Start and Potential Squads

Member of East region team at British Schools – 8th place overall

Part of GB team in home international against Sweden. Won the gold medal with the team and a silver medal individually

5th place all around at British Espoir championships. Qualified for all four apparatus finals

Selected as part of GB team competing in five way youth international in Germany. Took team bronze medals and was 4th overall, the highest placed of the GB gymnasts

2012

Member of GB World Class Potential Squad

5th place overall at English Junior Championships

Part of East region team for British Schools championships. Wins bronze medal with team and joint bronze individually.

Melissa Brown (CS2)

Melissa moved to the Academy in spring 2008 and has made massive improvements since she did so. Melissa is a very bouncy gymnast which means she is a strong tumbler and a delightful performer on the floor. Melissa has a strong relationship with her personal coach Jan Barrett and has already achieved an impressive haul of honours at both county and regional level which she hopes to add to in the future.

Achievements

2008

Bronze medal at Norfolk county championships at level 5 age 9 plus

2009

Silver medalist at Norfolk County Championships at grade 13 and qualifier to regional finals.
Norfolk county level 4 champion at 10-11 years and 9th place at regional final

2010

Norfolk champion at grade 11 and bronze medal at regional final

Norfolk champion at level 3 age 11/12 years, 7th place at regional final and silver on bars.

2011

Winner of grade 10 competition at Miss Alpha Factor grades competition

Norfolk bronze medalist at level 3 age 11-12 years

7th place at Alpha Factor Open at level 2 age 12-13 years and part of the trophy winning Aerials Cup team

Part of silver medal winning level 3 team at Sapphire Invitational

Regional silver medalist on bars at regional final for out of age level 3

Member of Norfolk A team for inter-county team competition, winner of team silver medal and highest scoring individual

Norfolk county champion at grade 10

6th place at grade 10 regional final

2012

Winner of grade 9 at Miss Alpha Factor grades competition

Olivia Syder (ECS1)

Olivia transferred from a recreational club to TNAG in spring 2008 and immediately made a strong impact. With excellent natural strength and ability Olivia quickly became one of the leaders of the group and has enjoyed success already in both grades and voluntary competitions. As one of the jokers of the group, the gym is never dull when Olivia is training!

Olivia Syder has received funding from the South Norfolk Community Sport Achiever Awards, which support young talented athletes to help them achieve their potential in their chosen sport

Achievements

2009

Silver medal at County level 5 championships for 8 yrs age group

2010

4th place at county championships at compulsory level 4

7th place at regional compulsory level 4

4th place at in age level 4 at county championships

10th place at Alpha Factor Open at in age level 4

8th place at regional in age level 4

2011

Norfolk silver medalist at national grade 8

Third place at Miss Alpha Factor grades competition at National Grade 8

Regional silver medalist at National Grade 8

Member of the East region team for the National Grade 8 final, taking the gold medal with the team and placing 6th individually

Norfolk champion at level 4 age 10-11 years

Second place at Alpha Factor Open at level 4 age 10-11 years

Regional bronze medalist at level 4 age 10-11 years and Regional level 4 champion on beam

Part of gold medal winning level 4 team at the Sapphire Invitational

Norfolk silver medalist at national grade 8

Third place at Miss Alpha Factor grades competition at National Grade 8

Regional silver medalist at National Grade 8

Member of the East region team for the National Grade 8 final, taking the gold medal with the team and placing 6th individually

Norfolk champion at level 4 age 10-11 years

Second place at Alpha Factor Open at level 4 age 10-11 years

Regional bronze medalist at level 4 age 10-11 years and Regional level 4 champion on beam

Part of gold medal winning level 4 team at the Sapphire Invitational

2012

7th place at Norfolk competition at National grade 7

16th place at Miss Alpha Factor grades competition at National Grade 7

10th place at regional final for National Grade 7

Laura Rose Cooke (ECS1)

Laura moved to the Norfolk Academy in spring 2010. She has very good levels of natural ability across the pieces of aparatus. After a transition period, Laura has now settled into the demands of high level gymnastics and has made very good progress. Laura is an excellent competitor and has a very good gymnastics brain, meaning she is able to learn new skills easily, and she shows little sign of nerves, either in training or competition. There are high hopes for Laura to qualify for the British Championships via the Challenge Cup.

Achievements

2010

Norfolk champion at level 4 in age and overall level 4 champion

12th place at level 4 in age at the Alpha Factor Open

9th place at regional level 4 in age championships

2011

Silver medalist at Norfolk compulsory 3 competition

10th place at Miss Alpha Factor at compulsory 3

4th place at regional championships at compulsory 3

Member of the East region team for the national finals at compulsory 3. Won silver medal with the team and placed 24th overall

Norfolk silver medalist at in age level 3

12th place overall at in age level 3 at Alpha Factor Open

Fourth place at in age level 3 at regional championships, bronze medalist on beam

Part of silver medal winning team at level 3 competition at the Sapphire Invitational

26th place at national finals for in age level 3. Combined level 3 ranking of 20th for the year.

2012

Fourth place at national grade 7 at Norfolk competition

Fourth place at Miss Alpha Factor at grade 7

Regional champion at national grade 7

Part of East region junior team for British Championships, took silver medal with team and placed 12th overall.

Grace Luckhurst (ECS2)

Grace joined TNAG in late 2008 and was very quickly promoted from a recreational class into the development squad for her year group. She has been coached by Helen Inglis in ECS2 since 2009. Grace has beautiful poise and artistry and is stunning to watch on beam and floor. She also has a very good attitude in training and a good work ethic.

Achievements

2009

11th place at Bury Friendly novice competition in 7 years category

2010

Norfolk silver medalist at compulsory 5

7th place at regional compulsory 5

Norfolk champion at in age level 5

10th place at Alpha Factor Open at in age level 5

Regional bronze medalist on floor at in age level 5

2011

Norfolk silver medalist at compulsory 4

7th place at Miss Alpha Factor grades competition at compulsory 4

6th place at Regional compulsory 4, qualifier to national finals

19th place at national compulsory 4 final

Norfolk bronze medalist at in age level 4

12th place at Alpha Factor Open at in age level 4

9th place at regional level 4 in age championships

Part of gold medal winning level 4 team at Sapphire Invitational

30th pace at voluntary level 4 national final, combined ranking of 22nd for the year

2012

Norfolk champion at National Grade 8

6th place at Miss Alpha Factor grades competition at National grade 8

6th place at regional final for National grade 8

Miriam Lowe (ECS2)

Mim also joined the recreational set up at TNAG from its opening in early 2008 and also took part in the inuagural Talents Selection Day and was a founder member of EDS02. From there, she showed a good aptitude to hard work and became one of the leading lights of the squad, progressing into ECS2 under Helen Inglis in 2009. Mim has had some very bad luck with illness and injury in the last couple of years, having to miss some important competitions or having limited preparation time, but Mim has remained committed and dedicated despite these set backs. Mim undoubtedly has the talent to reach a very high level in the sport.

Achievements

2009

18th place at Bury Friendly novice competition in age 7 years category

2010

Norfolk champion at grade 14 age 8-9 years

4th place at regional final for grade 14 age 8-9 years

Regional bronze medalist on beam at elite level 5

2011

Norfolk bronze medalist at compulsory 4

6th place at Miss Alpha Factor grades competition at compulsory 4

5th place at regional compulsory 4 championships

Reserve for East region team at national compulsory 4 final, received gold medal with team and 12th place individually

Norfolk silver medalist at in age level 4

6th place at regional final for in age level 4

Member of silver medal winning level 4 team at Saphire Invitational

28th place at national final for in age level 4 and national ranking of 17th for the year

2012

15th place at Miss Alpha Factor grades competition at National Grade 8

Pass at national grade 8 at regional final

Erin Houlihan (ECS2)

Erin has a tiny petite frame which is absolutely suited to gymnastics and her aptitude for the sport has been evident since joining the recreational classes in 2008. Erin was part of the 2003 born development squad and now works in ECS2 where she is coached by Helen Inglis. Erin has made excellent progress and has a complete and total love for the sport. Erin has been in part hampered by her size to date, as she understandably struggles a little with the power events, but her good technique will win out in teh long term where her talent and technique will surely shine through in the long term.

Achievements

2010

27th place at Bury Friendly novice competition in 7 years category

2011

Norfolk champion at grade 14 age 8-9 years

Second place at Miss Alpha Factor grades competition at grade 14 age 8-9 years

4th place at regional final of grade 14 age 8-9 years

Norfolk champion at county level 5 age 8 years

2012

Norfolk silver medalist at compulsory 4

10th place at Miss Alpha Factor grades competition at compulsory 4

9th place at regional compulsory 4 and qualifier to the national final

2010

27th place at Bury Friendly novice competition in 7 years category

2011

Norfolk champion at grade 14 age 8-9 years

Second place at Miss Alpha Factor grades competition at grade 14 age 8-9 years

4th place at regional final of grade 14 age 8-9 years

Norfolk champion at county level 5 age 8 years

2012

Norfolk silver medalist at compulsory 4

10th place at Miss Alpha Factor grades competition at compulsory 4

9th place at regional compulsory 4 and qualifier to the national final

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