The Maia International Acro Cup
4th-8th March 2015
At the beginning of March, The City of Lancaster Gymnastics and Trampolining Club based at the University of Cumbria Sports Centre in Lancaster travelled to Maia in Portugal for a World Acrobatic Gymnastics Competition which included competitors from Russia, America and Japan. For the majority of the gymnasts this was their first time competing abroad.
Their success was unprecedented in anything they had done before catapulting the gymnastics club firmly on the map of acrobatics gymnastics clubs in the UK and beyond.
The club sent 15 gymnasts’ ages ranging from 8 to 16 years old. Three trios and three pair routines entered the competition and half of these made the finals on the Sunday.
Lucy Ip, Hannah Gallagher and Grace Ip finished 9th in the Youth Groups category and Yvette Evans and Edie Gilgun May finished 12th in the Age group 1 category. The icing on the cake was our Youth Pair Jolie Pickles and Eva Stirzaker who delivered an outstanding routine of agility, grace and execution and finished in 2nd place taking their well-deserved place on the podium.
Lauren Townson, Lauren Riggs & Hope Kerr performed two outstanding routines in which they should be proud of finishing 22nd out of 34 in a very difficult section. Saskia Rudge Thompson, Chloe Macklin & Millie Gibson finished 16th after delivering their best performance to date and finally Savannah Brickles & Charlotte Turner finished 13th delivering a steady routine.
The gymnasts are now focusing on the British Championships to be held at the Echo Arena in Liverpool in July.
North West Prelims
Sunday 1st March 2015
On Sunday 1st March, gymnasts from the Elite NDP, Senior 2 & Senior 1 squads took part in the North West Prelims at Robin park in Wigan. They were competing against clubs from around the region including; Wigan Seagulls, Birkenhead and Eclipse.
This is one of the most important competitions of the year for these gymnasts, as the winner of each category qualifies for a place at the British NDP Finals in May.
The competition standard was very high and our gymnasts executed great routines to challenge for a place at National Finals. It was a great day for the club, with two partnerships taking the gold medal in their category and securing a place at National Finals; Oliver Ip & Hayden Cowherd competing at Grade 3 Men’s Pair and Dominic Hart & Elizabeth Wareing at Grade 4 Mixed Pair.
The podium places did not stop there for the City of Lancaster… 4 silver medals were achieved by Jessica Belmont & Amelia Slaney (G4 Women’s Pair), Callum Baines & Conor Wallis (G4 Men’s Pair), Ben Whyatt & Madison Taylor (G3 Mixed Pair) and Nathaniel Hart & Jessica Rafaelli (G2 Mixed Pairs) with 2 bronze medals achieved by Hannah Douthwaite, Abbie Douthwaite & Sophie Carter Steele (G3 Women’s Group) and Harry Wills & Charlotte McCartney (G2 Mixed Pairs).
Other results included; Molly McCleod & Chloe Rawes – 4th place (G2 Women’s Pair), Nalini Ram Prasad & Dana Brickles – 5th place (G3 Women’s Pair), Bluebell Williams & Fabi Burrow Nejad – 5th place (G1 Women’s Pair), Verity Williams & Tess Belshire – 6th place (G4 Women’s Pair) and Holly Willan & Jasmin Mason – 7th place (G3 Women’s pair).
All the gymnasts should be extremely proud of their performances. We wish Dom, Elizabeth, Oli and Haydn the best of luck at National Finals in May!!