The weekend of the 12th December saw the cream of the Isle of Man Boys Gymnastics talent compete in the Isle of Man Championships kindly sponsored by LLoyds TSB.
Although there were only 3 competitors in the under 8 age group it was a very tight competition with all 3 gymnasts winning Gold medals. Glen Quayle’s strongest apparatus was Vault and a score of 9.4 secured a well deserved Gold for him. Glen also won Silver on Parallel Bars with 9.0 and High Bar with 9.1. On Pommel Glen scored 8.5, rings 9.2 and floor 8.8. these scores earned him bronze medals and the overall bronze with a toal score of 54.0, just 0.5 behind the silver medal position and just 1.3 separating gold from bronze. Well done Glen.
The under 10 competition proved to be a difficult age group to judge with only 1.3 separating the boys again! Cedric Lucas’s score of 9.0 was enough to clinch Gold on the Floor. Cedric also won Silver on the Pommel with 9.1, Parallel Bars with 9.1 and Bronze on the High Bar with 9.2. Cedric was 3rd overall, only 0.6 behind the joint Champions with a total score of 54.8.
With five competitors in the under 12 group and competing FIG routines(under 12 rules) the stage was set for an exciting competition. Nicholas Harvey was delighted to nail his double back dismount on Rings. He put in a strong performance throughout the competition to win Gold on Rings, High Bar, Pommel, Vault and Parallel Bars and is now Isle of Man Under 12 Champion with a total score of 70.1.
Daniel Isherwood completed top change on Parallel Bars for the first time in Competition. He was just 0.5 behind Ivshin to win Silver on Floor and was 3rd overall with a total score of 52.5.
Robert Jones who was 4th overall with a total score of 49.1 has been working hard in training to master new moves on all 6 pieces of apparatus was rewarded with a Silver on Parallel Bars and a Bronze on High Bar.
Oliver Scott (overall score of 44.4) put in a steady routine on Pommel and came away with a well earned Bronze medal.
The under 14 age group saw Callum Smithies try and gain a Youth Commonwealth consideration score. Callum who was 13 on the day of the competition produced some strong performances on Parallel Bars 6.1 and High Bar to clinch the under 14 Championship to make his birthday a memorable one.
The final age group was under 16. Lawrence Godsell competed on 4 pieces of apparatus due to an ankle injury. He received the overall Silver medal with his best piece of apparatus being Rings.
Well done to all gymnasts and especially Nicholas and Callum who are now the Island Champions in their respective age groups.
A small party of gymnasts from Ellan Vannin Gymnastics Club accompanied by their Coach Jiong Qi, travelled to Milton Keynes for the Tom Willson Invitational Competition. Unfortunately, due to injury, not all the club’s gymnasts were able to travel to this annual competition.
In the under 12 competition was Robert Jones and Nicholas Harvey. Nicholas just missed out on overall under 12 Champion by 0.40, winning Gold on Floor, Rings and a straight Tzukahara scoring 12.9 clinched Gold on Vault too. Nicholas also won Silver on Parralel Bars and High Bar. Robert, who is working hard to master new routines was delighted with bronze on rings with 9.3 and Parallel Bars 10.0 and was just 0.5 away from another medal on Vault with a score of 11.2.
In the under 13 comp Daniel Isherwood put in an impressive floor routine to win Gold with a score of 9.2. this was followed by Silver on the other five pieces of apparatus. All Daniel’s hard work over the past few weeks was rewarded with a 2nd overall. The boys are now training hard and are looking forward to building on this experience as they prepare for the Island Championships on the 12th December.
The Isle of Man Gymnastics Association Boys Invitational Competition which was held at Manx Gymnastics Club attracted gymnasts from Bury, Garstang, Matlock and Milton Keynes competing in various age groups. Competing level 1 routines Glen Quayle scored an impressive 9.3 on Vault to win Gold and also collected a bronze on Parallel Bars. 3 young gymnasts competing in the invitational for the first time from EVGC were Luke Strickett-Morling, Matthew Humphrey and James Harrison. The boys showed no nerves and will be looking to build on this experience as they work towards the Isle of Man Championships.
The most anticipated competition of the day was the under 12/14 comp with any entry of 22 gymnasts. This comp also incorporated the team event. Representing the IOM was Tony Duchars, Nicholas Harvey, Anton Ivshin and Callum Smithies. The combined scores of the 4 boys was enough for team success and to the delight of the home crowd the IOM were crowned winners of the team event. Building on his recent success, Tony won the under 12 individual comp with a score of 73.0. Tony was impressive on his favourite piece, Pommel, his score of12.9 was rewarded with Gold. He also won Gold on Rings and Vault. Nicholas, building on the experience of competing in the British Championships mastered several new moves and although he was out of the individual medals was 5th overalll with a combined score of 61.4. Callum who competed in the under 14 age group landed his double back off High Bar andwas rewarded with a Gold Medal, he also won gold on Vault and was 2nd overall in the under 14 age group. Ellan Vannin were well represented in the team competition as it was able to field a club team of Robert Jones, who completed an under somersault for the first time in competition on Parallel Bars, Daniel Isherwood who just missed out on a medal on Floor with 12.4, Cedric Lucas who was competing at under 12 for the first time who scored 12.5 on Vault and Oliver Scott who was the final member of the team. His best result was again on Vault with 12.0. Due to an ankle injury earlier in the week, Lawrence Godsell was only able to compete on 2 pieces, Pommel and Rings. Despite being in pain Lawrence completed his routines to receive the overall bronze medal. Despite a late finish, the event proved to be a great show case for young talented gymnasts from on and off the Island. the club would like to thank the Isle of Man Gymnastics Association who organsied the competition and Lloyds TSB for its continued support and all those involved in running a very successful competition, enjoyed by the local and visiting gymnasts.