SOUTH ESSEX coach Anthony Wise was delighted to see all six of his gymnasts qualify for the national grade finals with great performances at the regional qualifiers in Ipswich.
The group, who are aged between eight-11, were in action at the Pipers Vale Club on Sunday, September 13.
They will now get the chance to test themselves against top rivals at the British Elite & Club Grade finals at the GMAC venue in Birmingham on the weekend of November 13-15.
Kai Williamson was third in elite level one, and at level two T’Khai Phillips was second with Danny Crouch fourth.
Anton Anderson was fifth in elite level three, while Cole Burrell was third at club level three, and Joseph Waller fifth at club level two.
Anthony said: “This has exceeded my expectations. And especially T’Khai and Danny, who did really well against gymnasts from the national squad.”
SEGC coach Matt Jackson was also delighted with the performance of Joseph Sawyer, who was crowned elite level four champion at the competition.
Matt said: “It was a terrific result for Joseph and he was a worthy winner.”
OTHER RESULTS: Elite Level 5, Joshua Underwood 1st, Luke Morrison 2nd; Elite Level 6, Douglas Turnball 1st; Club Level 1, Thomas Makham 1st; Club Level 2, Tyler Sandy 3rd, Club Level 4, Aidan Anderson 1st, Christian Emanuel-Smith 2nd; Club Level 5, Harrison Langridge 1st, Nathan Adams 2nd, Drew Ladell 3rd.
Six of South Essex’s Rhythimc gymnasts were in action at an event in the south of Poland this month.
For the second year running, the club competed at the annual Rhythmic Wieliczka Cup.
Senior gymnast Rebecca Wright was fourth and junior Jade Woollard was ninth.
And there were good showings from Under-12 Connie Miller (8th), Under-10 Francesca Foster (7th), Under-9 Louisa Duff (10th) and Under-8 Josslyn Miller (8th).
Coach Danielle Paul oversaw the girls at the competition and SEGC’s Becca Bunce was a judge at the event on the weekend of September 12 and 13.
Club staff helped raise £200 at a chairty ‘Spinathon’ at the Basildon Sporting Village on Thursday, September 10.
Administration assistants Maria Williams and Paula Bevan, coaches Matt Jackson and David Rapley, and gymnast Reiss Beckford took part in the gruelling event in support of the Anthony Nolan Trust.
A team from Italy visited South Essex Gymnastics Club this month.
Three Italian gymnasts and their coach got the chance to work alongside the SEGC’s international stars Brinn Bevan, Max Whitlock, Jay Thompson and Reiss Beckford.
South Essex’s Director of Coaching Scott Hann said: “They got in touch with us through the Great Britain set up to see if they could come and see how we do things here at South Essex. And we were happy to have them.
“It was good to have them in our gym and we got a message from them afterwards thanking us and saying how useful they had found it – which is always good to hear.”
South Essex finally managed to convince their top gymnast Max Whitlock to display his skills on the club’s new Circus Skills equipment!
Max, who has won medals at Olympic, World and Commonwealth level, had a go on the Silks discipline on the rig in the small gym at the Basildon Sporting Village.
And finally… South Essex’s girls are in action this coming weekend at the Essex County Voluntary Levels 7, 6 and 5 at the Colchester School of Gymnastics.
SEGC coaches Caron Notton, Kayleigh Peak, Jade Burley, Emma Jagger and Cara Noble will take a team of 26 gymnasts aged seven and above to the event on Sunday, September 20.