The club was well represent by Nicholas (Nick) Harvey, Daniel Isherwood, Robert Jones and Oliver
Scott at the inter island Games in Jersey.
Thursday 7th July was the compulsory competition. The set routines are designed to develop the
boy’s skills with emphasis on shape. The boys started on floor with Oliver producing a very neat
routine and he was unlucky not to win the bronze medal. Next was the pommel, all the boys produced good routines, with Nick winning the gold medal routine with a score of 11.2. Rings was the next piece of apparatus and again Nick was on the rostrum with a silver and Robert Jones just missing out on the bronze.
The vault competition with the set vault being handspring was very competitive with only 0.7 between all the competitors. Nick won a bronze for his vault with 12.3. The boys moved on to P-bars. This was the best piece of apparatus for Daniel who won bronze with 10.35 with Nick winning gold with 10.8.
High bar was the last piece the boys competed on. Oliver scored 11.0 and was placed 4th with Nick scoring 11.6 to secure gold and top what had been an eventful 12th birthday for him.
Saturday 9th July was the modified FIG competition. This was the more difficult of the two competitions and it enable to boys to try our new moves which they had been working on over the last few months.
Again the boys started on floor. Oliver again produces a very tidy routine to finish 4th with a score of 11.65. A mistake on his first tumble cost Nick a medal and he had to be content with equal 4th.
Again the pommel was a close competition. An improved score of 12.45 saw Nick winning gold with Oliver on the podium with a bronze. Vault saw more medals for the Ellan Vannin boys with Nick’s, Tzukhara scoring 13.35 to secure gold and Bob’s full twisting handspring 12.7 gave him the Silver medal.
Bob also produced a solid P-bars routine to win bronze. Daniel who has working hard on this piece of apparatus was delighted to complete top change and under summersault. Again an error cost Nick a medal who was 4th.
Again the high bar routines finished the completion. Much to the boys disappointment they has to use gloves and loops due to the modification made to the rules by the inter-island committee but you could see how much Joing’s coaching had improved the boys shape and all boys produces stunning giants. Bob topped of a successful day with a bronze and Nick another gold.
In the overall competition to the delight of the Isle of Man supporters Nick was crowned Inter-Island Junior boys champion with a total score of 69.2.
The boys would like to thank Joing for his words of encouragement and coaching skills.
Congratulations boys and Joing you did the club proud.
(Thx to Ali for the Report)
Senior Team and Set competition
The competition for the last few games has been dominated by Isle of Man and Bermuda but in an outstanding display of elegance and skill the Faroe Island women stole the march on the rest of the teams and took the gold medal, followed by Bermuda in the silver position and Jersey in the bronze. Two falls on floor and an element not completed on the floor resulted in the Isle of Man senior team coming fourth.
Grace Harrison had an excellent competition winning a bronze on bars and finishing second overall. Rhyanne Hancock had a good steady performance on beam and took silver on this apparatus. Two new members to the Island Games fraternity Stacey Saltwell and youngest team member Ciara Goddard put in steady performances to finish 18th and 15th respectively.
Senior Voluntary Competition
The disappointment of the set competition day was soon behind the senior women’s team when they marched out on the voluntary competition floor. All four gymnasts put in fine performances which enabled the team to take a haul of medals between them.
Grace Harrison had a perfect day with clean performances on all four apparatus which resulted in silver on bars, gold on beam, gold overall and the title of senior women’s champion. This is the first time in recent history of the games that an Isle of Man female gymnast has had this success at an Inter Island games and it was a well deserved honour.
Rhyanne Hancock put in a fine performance on vault to take the bronze medal and finished 8th overall. Stacey Saltwell provided an elegant and tidy routine on floor to win a silver medal and finished 11th overall. Ciara Goddard the youngest member of the senior team had a clean beam routine to finish 4th on this apparatus and 10th overall.