Fresh from the East’s successes at last month’s Regional Team Finals, 60 Trampoline and DMT gymnasts from our Region competed in the NDP Finals 2018. These took place at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena over the second weekend of July and East came home with no fewer than 29 medals, the region’s best ever showing.
As last year, Pegasus was dominant among the region’s DMT entries. From their 10 competitors, Edward Parkin and Leo Gaeta both won golds, Imogen Mayhew got silver and both Megan Perkins-Abudu and Leo’s older brother Max a bronze.
Anna Weir from Marriotts Gymnastics Club also won gold and will be hoping her team-mates do well at the British Championships in September; Marriotts is the only club in the region to have DMT gymnasts invited to that event.
Carter Fenn and Neve Jones from HBS Revolutions both got silvers. Neve also had a silver on trampoline, the only gymnast from the region to climb the podium in both disciplines. Dominic Gray from Cambourne Comets, Ciara Lavin from High Springers and Ryan Hadlow from Run DMT all got bronzes.
There were fewer medals on trampoline this year than last, 18 compared to 22 in 2017. However, there were some outstanding performances, Heather Cannon from Apex and Emily Halford from HBS Rotations especially catching the eye with the quality of their execution.
HBS Rotations had a terrific weekend. Its youthful team of 14 gymnasts, a dozen of whom are 12 or younger, brought home 7 trampoline medals to go with the two from DMT. Lola Yeupiksang joined Emily in winning gold as did Ethan Corkin in his disability event. As mentioned earlier, Neve Jones won a silver and there were bronzes for Zack Davies, Noah Welland and Chloe Lawrence.