A Month of Medals for Worthing Gymnastics Club

Competition season is underway and Worthing Gymnastics Club has been reaping the rewards of a dedicated training programme developed over the year to secure a haul of 12 medals altogether so far.
South East Regional Qualifiers
The Men’s Artistic Gymnastic (MAG) squad competed at the MAG South East Regional Qualifiers for a place in the team to represent the region against the rest of Britain.  

In the level three category we saw George Harvey finishing with a flourish in 2nd to earn silver and a place in the squad. During the same session but in the level 4 category Dan Vallance triumphantly secured a place in the team after coming top of his group out of age with gold.

Next up we saw George Ferris and Alfie Skinner competing for places in the level 2 category where George landed 4th spot and a space to represent the region but Alfie marginally missed out following a solid performance to come 6th as a reserve.

The national development grades will take place in Birmingham where the boys will perform on six pieces of apparatus, each different to the other and requiring a combination of strength, mobility, endurance, flexibility, body control and co-ordination.
South East Regional Advanced Floor & Vault Competition
The advanced floor & vault team all medalled in their respective age groups at the South East Regional Advanced Floor & Vault Competition. Finlay Rolfe and Morgan Caulkin lead the way with golds, Ben Reeves secured silver and Oscar Rolfe and Eoin Robertson both brought home bronze.
Pegasus Invitational Floor & Vault Competition
At the Pegasus Invitational Floor & Vault Competition the intermediate squad started splendidly with Charlie Kriel grabbing gold and Harry Skinner coming second with silver.
Then came the girls, Ruby Miles battled for a 5th place rosette and Merle Skyes won silver. More stellar performances came from Isabelle Rodgers who won gold and Zita Ridgett taking home bronze – both also received awards for the highest score on floor.
Heather Sampford, Head Coach & Founder, commented: “Historically, our focus has been on competitive boys gymnastics which still remains strong and dynamic. Following the development of our newly qualified coaching team and leadership academy scheme we’re now able to extend these opportunities to our girls section who are having just as much success.”

The Worthing Cup

At WGC we are always in the pursuit of better, from improving our members wellbeing to bolstering our team and facilities.

Understandably for many of our gymnasts it’s about gaining skills and improving their performance in the sport they love. Especially our MAG boys who compete at a national level and seek additional sessions.

Once a week and in the holidays the squad will travel up to Hawth Gymnastics and train on pieces of apparatus we don’t currently have access to. From this we have built a strong relationship with the team at Hawth, training side by side and making friends on the way. This has recently been recognised officially in the form of ‘The Worthing Cup’ which is awarded to the gymnast at Hawth who is the most supportive and encouraging to our boys as well as always being on hand with tips and advice.

This years winner is ex WGC gymnast Henry Clark (who’s mum is still very much at the core of our club)!henry

A big thank you to Henry and Hawth Gymnastics Club for sharing their knowledge and facilities – they are true advocates of British Gymnastics. We look forward to continuing our fruitful relationship and of course competing at competitions against one another.

Another thank you to our coaches and parents for the time and effort they put in to travelling to Crawley supporting our gymnasts dreams and of course for the many other ways you help our club and community.

We can’t wait for the day we can start hosting clubs at our future state of the art facility and improving on our Active Sussex Club of the year status.

It was all just a beam…

“GET ON THE BEAM!” Roared Heather as the disinclined boys attempted escape from her peripheral vision was foiled by the ever vigilant head coach.

“But it’s for gir-”

In the time it took to nearly finish his sentence, Great Britain had successfully conducted its first ever space programme: there was no official 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 countdown, let alone a word of warning, instead a sharp look, followed a swift swoop and the boy had taken off into the Earths stratosphere. NASA can keep their nuclear reactors and rocket boosters, this vessel, a child flung into space against his will, was powered by the internal combustion of Heathers core – an assertive yet environmentally friendly fuel formed of determination and passion for our club and community.

Now in orbit and trying to come to terms with what had just happened, the new found first ever Gymnastronaut radioed in “Heather, we have a problem”. A beam of light had appeared below the boy and if he didn’t already know his destiny, Heather shouting up from Earth “JUST GET ON IT!” without the use of a communications device would of now confirmed what he needed to do.

After descending through outer space and within a footstep of the gleaming beam, the world stood still and heard the words “That’s one small step for-” but faster than he was slung into space, the Gymnastronaut was abruptly interrupted by the head coach who bellowed “THOSE TOES BETTER BE POINTED”. Now with open hips, his leg straighter than the beam itself and toes stretching out of his skin he continued his announcement whilst touching down on the cosmic-stepping stone.

All be it uncoordinatedly but somehow adapting to the new found surroundings, he discovered an appreciation for how the alien species known only as ‘Girls’ were able to take on such a contraption. Inspired by the feat of the other-worldly beings, the boy found his composure, lifted his chin and began the pursuit along the beam of light… during the next step, he froze.  Unknowingly, the Gymnastronaut was about become a Guinness Universe Record holder by holding longest one leg balance of all time as all of sudden, memories of his lost brothers in intergalactic cootie wars against the federation of ‘Girls’ came flooding back to him. His admiration for ‘Girls’ and honour for his cootie riddled comrades clashed. His arms were heavy. His leg which would see him go down in cosmic history was trembling. His body started to sway. He looked down but what he thought was down was up. The beam glowing in all its glory began to fade as he fell into darkness but as the dark came, a more familiar bright light appeared… The boy rubbed his eyes; it was all just a dream…

He jumped out of bed, had breakfast and went to school like any other day. School finished and it was time for gymnastics – unquestionably his favourite time of the week. The boy arrived at the gym and what he saw would change him for the rest of his life: a brand new beam. He gulped, took a deep breath and yelled “I’M A GYMNASTRONAUT” and hurtled towards the beam. With a new found confidence from last night’s adventure, accompanied by an understanding that he couldn’t make the Guinness Universe Book of Records but instead would have a jolly good go at getting in The Guinness World Book of Records, he took a giant leap onto the beam as Neil Armstrong did the moon. But before he could get his golf clubs out, the mission was brought to an impromptu Holt when Head Coach Heather clamoured “GET OFF THE BEAM”.

Thats right ladies and gentleman, Worthing Gymnastics Club has acquired a brand new high beam! Not only will it benefit our girls in upcoming competitions but it will also help all ages and abilities and of course girls AND boys gain fundamental skills to help with their gymnastics, health and well being. Another sign of progress within are ever growing club.