The levels competition differs from other competitions in that there is a level for each age depending on the year you were born and there is a set routine for each of the 6 pieces of apparatus which increases in difficulty the higher the level. As well as the 6 pieces of apparatus there is an additional section called Physical Preparation Programme or ppp (very similar to Range and Conditioning that the girls have). This is again a set routine which tests the boys’ flexibility. Each routine on the 6 pieces of apparatus is scored out of 10 so the maximum score that a gymnast can achieve is 70.
The number of competitors was down on previous years as the older boys competing in levels 4 and 5 did not compete as only 2 weeks ago they had competed inthe Celtic Cup which involved voluntary routines (FIG) and they were also concentrating on new routines for the Inter Island Games Selection on 1st May. Despite this the competition was well supported and provided some excellent performances from the boys.
In pre level one (boys born 2003) there was only 1 competitor Adam Palmer (EVGC). Despite some early nerves Adam produced solid routines on all the pieces of apparatus and was particularly pleased with his score on the floor. Adam became Pre-level 1 Champion.
In level 1 (boys born 2002) there were 5 competitors. It proved to be a very tight competition as always. Glen Quayle was 3rd with an overall score of 59.5 just 2.2 points behind the winner, with his best pieces on the day being vault (9.5) and rings (9.1). New to the competition this year were Matthew Humphrey and James Harrison.Both produced truly amazing scores on vault with scores of 9.6 and 9.5 respectively. Matthew also produced a great score on rings of 8.6 and James did very well on floor. Well done ! (EVGC do seem to vault very well).
The next level for boys born in 2001 was again a very exciting competition with only 0.5 separating 1st and 2nd place. Our only competitor at this level was Daniel Gibson who performed solidly all round but did particularly well on the pommel coming 4th in his class overall.
Level 3 (boys born 2000) was won by Cedric Lucas who recently celebrated his 11 th birthday. His best piece being pommel (9.4). Cedric cleared almost 5 points on his nearest rival.
At the end of the competition it was announced that Glen, Daniel and Cedric had all achieved high enough scores to represent the Isle of Man in the British Setwork Championships in May in Birmingham. Good Luck to them and we look forward to hearing how they get on. Congratulations to Adam, Matthew and James on a very creditable Debut in this competition.