Academy stars celebrate national joy

Scarborough Gymnastics Academy show off their silverware. Pictures: Nikii Walker
Scarborough Gymnastics Academy show off their silverware. Pictures: Nikii Walker

Three teams from Scarborough Gymnastics Academy starred at Fenton Manor in Stoke in the British National Team Gym Championships.

The teams all qualified to compete in the British finals after their successful performance at the Northern Qualifiers in March.

The large competition arena along with the competition formalities as the national anthem signalling the start of the competition created a massive buzz in the arena.

The first competition of the day was the Primary Mixed Team competition for gymnasts aged between 9 and 12 years.

The Scarborough Mixed Team performed consistently and their performance earned them the British Champions title 2013.

Members of the winning Scarborough Mixed Team are: Freya Cox, Lucy Walton, Brodie Aziz, Damien Quinton, Max Teasdale, Olivia Salt, Joseph Fishburn, Jake Oates, Sophie Hunt, Lottie Ingham & Aaron Coates.

This year was the second year Scarborough Gymnastics Academy has been represented by a National Mixed team at the British Championships.

The team have worked really hard and increased their skill difficultly in the run up to the event which paid off on the day. The team had a brilliant team ethic throughout the competition and performed with style and enthusiasm on all apparatus.

The competition was a great opportunity for the team to perform new skills and the mixed showed fantastic team spirit and Won the all round British Primary mixed Championship title.

The Mixed team were awarded their first British Gold medal which is very difficult to achieve. This is first British Gold for a Scarborough mixed Team so everybody at SGA are really proud.

The next competition of the day was the Primary girl’s competition for gymnasts aged between 9 and 12 years. The Scarborough team were up against tough competition from eleven other top qualifying teams from throughout the country. Members the Scarborough Primary Girls Team are Emma Walton, Gemma Sykes, Anya Broadbent, Sophia Broadbent, Evie Barnes, Ellie Smith, Hannah Lockwood, Freya Storr & Sophie Gambles.

The competition was tough and extremely challenging for the team. The Team were awarded 2nd place on trampette and Floor and 7th overall which is a fantastic achievement for the new team.

The Junior girls team were next to compete, the team of 10 members between 12 and 16 were representing the North alongside Crewe & Nantwich & Diamonds (Halifax).

The Scarborough All Stars faced additional strong competition from the five other qualifying teams from the South.

The Scarborough All Stars consisted of the following members, Coral Rose, Ellis Miller, Megan Coates, Evie Storr, Bethany Morley, Amber Wilson, Jo Pattison, Caitlin Frith, Abigail Catherall and Tilly Grunwell.

The All Stars opened their competition with their floor routine which showed lots of exciting formations and dynamic changes.

The routine was performed with lots of energy, style and enthusiasm. The excellent teamwork throughout the routine and achieved a Team best score of 16.616

The team moved on to perform their Tumble routine. The team who were performing increasingly difficult skills did extremely well, earning them a brilliant score of 15.90 and first place on Tumble. The team had been working really hard and improved the quality of the elements and connections ready for the British competition.

Lastly the team competed their trampette routine which included increasingly difficult skills including double somersaults with twists and Tsukahara from the vault (Somersault vault). The team were on top form landing all elements and achieved the top score of the junior women’s competition 14.350.

The Junior Girls Team Won the British Championship title for the first time!! The team were awarded their first British Junior Gold gymnastics medal which is very difficult to achieve in the junior section and something Scarborough have been striving towards since competing nationally.

This is the first British Gold for a Scarborough Team in the junior section of the competition so everybody at SGA are really proud.

Their score of 46.866 which shows the enthusiasm, hard work and team effort paid off.

The teams results were a fantastic achievement for not only Scarborough but for the whole Northern region and usually the Southern teams dominate the British medal positions.

Head coach Evy Walker said: “This is the eighth year Scarborough Gymnastics Academy have entered & qualified for the British Team Gym Championships.

“The National competition is the ultimate focus of all the gymnasts in their training and preparation throughout the year.

“All the teams have made great skill improvements since last year. Although the coaching Team (Kadie, Hannah, Cathy, Lauren, Nikii) and I have every confidence in the gymnast’s ability and performance, we knew we were up against tough competition from all the Southern teams as well as the other teams from the North.

“A great team effort from all the National squad coaches has really paid off this year with hard work, dedication and belief in all of the gymnasts.

“This is the club’s biggest achievement to date, Securing Scarboroughs First ever Junior Girls and primary mixed British National Team Gym Championships Titles.

“The results from this competition are fantastic and it’s something for everyone to be really proud of.

“Well done to the gymnasts who took part, thanks to all the parents and supporters who were fantastic and to the SGA coaching team who have worked hard with the teams increasing their skill levels and preparing them for this important National event.

“This is a great result for Scarborough, Yorkshire and the North, and puts Scarborough firmly on the gymnastics map as an ongoing contender at a British National Level.”