Last weekend saw the 9th annual Isle of Man Gymnastics Association Invitational Competition for girls and boys take place at our recently refurbished Ellan Vannin Gymnastics Club. This was the first time that the event had been held as a joint boys’ and girls’ competition and at times the competition arena was rather frenetic.
Despite stormy weather and a damaged ferry, gymnastics teams from Yorkshire, Milton Keynes, the North West and Scotland fought their way to the Isle of Man for what was yet again a superb competition. Some of the teams on Saturday competed despite having a 22 hour ferry delay and hardly any sleep but despite this they put on a brave face and competed well.
The girls Regional Level 3 team competition was won by Harrogate with a score of 131.267, with newcomers Glasgow taking silver with 128.016 and IOM C the bronze medal with 126.567. There was good performances by York gymnast Charlotte Goodman who took gold medals on both vault and bars and Rebecca Borchard (Harrogate) who took gold on beam and floor. Chloe Davis (Diamonds) won silver on vault by just 0.05 of a point ahead of Rebecca Borchard. Isabel Hester (IOM) put in a tidy performance on bars to tie with Gaynor McGriffen from Glasgow to win silver on bars. Chloe Davey from Diamonds fought off lack of sleep to win another silver this time on beam with IOM gymnast Nicole Burns taking bronze. Nicole Burns also won bronze on floor with a delightful performance and only missed out on the silver by 0.2 of a point which was taken by Amelia Mearns.
In the Junior FIG team competition the IOM D team won gold with 127.069 points almost 10 points ahead of the IOM E team who took the silver with 117.200 points and Diamonds the bronze medal with 113.500 points. The IOM E team put in some strong performances from Grace Harrison who won gold on bars, beam, floor and also won bronze on vault, Rebecca Johnson who won gold on vault and silver on bars, Emily Dale-Beeton who won silver on floor and Ciara Goddard who won silver on vault and bronze on beam. The IOM D team only won one individual medal, a silver on beam for Holly Black, but their strong overall performance gave them the silver team medal. Diamonds picked up bronze on bars (Laura Walker), beam (Katy Sellars) and floor (Abigail Lampkin).
Sunday saw the girls Regional Level 4 teams compete. After a good night’s rest, the seven teams all competed well and the gold team medal and trophy went to Glasgow with the silver going to Garstang and the bronze medal to IOM A. Ciara Wilders (IOM A) was the only IOM gymnast to win a medal in this competition and she won a silver on vault.
The IOMGA would like to thanks all of the volunteers for their outstanding contribution at this event, their hard work over the whole the weekend made the competition a great success