MEN’S Artistic Head Coach Anthony Wise says the club’s British Team title on the weekend signalled a true changing of the guard in the club’s proud history.
A team of captain Danny Crouch, George Atkins, Alex Niscoveanu, Jamie Langridge, Finnley Dunning and Sean Dalton became national champions in Leicester on Sunday (April 14) and brought home the prestigious Williams Trophy.
And Anthony, who was himself a part of the last SEGC team to win the title in 2008, admitted it was another special day for the club.
He said: “I am very proud of the boys as this was the first time we have won this since a team which consisted of our now double Olympic champion Max Whitlock, Olympian Brinn Bevan, myself, Andrew Tucker, who is now Assistant Head Men’s Coach, and Joseph Ben-Aderet, who is now a club trustee.
“So this team title is something that is very important to myself and the whole of the men’s programme.
“And I hope that in ten years’ time this new generation are still involved at SEGC in some form – as our team from 2008 is still now.”
The format of the team competition is 6-5-4, which means there are six gymnasts in a team, five competing on each piece, and with the four highest scores on each of the six pieces added together to make the final team score.
Anthony added: “Our two individual All-Around British champions, Danny and George, plus Alex – who was third in the All-Around at the British – were up on all six pieces, which gave us three very strong scores on every piece.
“Danny went clean on the first five apparatus but missed his big release and catch element on the final piece, High Bar.
“Danny confidently got back up however and repeated the release move and performed it perfectly, and went through the rest of his routine with ease – which was essential for the team’s score.
“George was an absolute rock for the team and had a pretty much perfect competition, hitting six beautiful routines.
“Alex struggled on Pommel and put his hands down on his Parallel Bar dismount but he gave awesome performances on the other four apparatus.
“Although he fell on Pommel and Parallel Bar, his scores were still so high they counted towards the team’s final score.
“Between Jamie, Finnely and Sean we needed our fourth big score on each piece.
“They all did fantastically with Finnley giving the team great Pommel and Rings scores, Sean giving us brilliant Vault, Parallel Bar and High Bar scores, and our Under-12 British floor champion Jamie giving another super clean Floor performance to give the team a great boost on that apparatus.
“Jamie – who was the youngest member of the team also did a fantastic job with our cover scores – the fifth score that does not go to the final team score – on Pommel, Vault and High Bar, which could have been very important had some of our older gymnasts had some errors.”