Telford’s International Centre hosted the 2017 NDP Finals in early July and gymnasts from our region came home with no fewer than 27 medals. This was a tremendous haul from the 40 East competitors with Pegasus Trampoline Club and Brentwood Trampoline Club both coming away with 5 medals. Congratulations too to Flight TC who had two gold medalists and to Cambridge Cangaroos, HBS, Colchester Gym Club and Storm Elite who each had two medalists.
Pegasus was dominant among the region’s DMT entries. Lucy Bevan won gold and Edward Parkin and Max Gaeta both received silvers. Chloe Caley was jumping in both disciplines and won bronze medals in both. Dominic Gray from Cambourne Comets was the fifth DMT gymnast from the region to climb the podium, in his case for a bronze. Well done all.
22 medalists underlined the strength of the region’s footprint at all levels bar elite.
There were golds for Ciara Verdicchio, Noah Collins, Tabitha Howard, Shannon Waterman and Sydney Kelly, the last two posting some excellent execution scores. 10 year old Lilia Kearney, jumping at the competition’s highest level, was another noteworthy winner.
Silver medals went to Jared Smith, Chantelle Watts, Francis Owen, Daniel Surridge, Ashleigh Doyle, Naomi Waldock, Adam Dobbins, Emma Savill, Harvey Bell and Elliott Innocent with bronzes to Matthew Burson, Emma Ellis, Heather Cannon, Stanley Deacon, Chloe Caley and Thomas Gregory.
There were disappointments and mishaps of course as well as pleasant surprises. The region’s total might have been higher still if a couple of favourites had been able to compete; inevitably injury and incorrect routines also cost a medal or two. But that’s sport and it all adds to the drama and excitement. Good to see that fully a half of all the medals were at levels 6 and above; perhaps a few may now push on to success within the elite ranks next year.
Congratulations to all our competitors; you did yourselves and us proud.
Team East’s trampoline and DMT gymnasts punched above their weight once more, winning 24 medals at 2017’s Regional Team Finals held last weekend at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena. No fewer than 42 of the team’s 70 gymnasts also qualified to compete at the NDP Finals; these take place in Telford on the weekend of 8th and 9th July.
On trampoline there were 18 medals spread across Continue reading
Congratulations to the Trampoline-East team on the successes at the NDP Team Finals. Great credit goes to all coaches and gymnasts involved in the event and we hope these results will act as a stimulus for further progress. Meanwhile it is important that, despite the understandable elation, we keep the result in perspective and maintain our focus on ‘the bigger picture’.
It is noticeable that the greatest number of team points accrued as a result of the performance of our younger competitors. This is a strong indication that coaches and younger gymnasts are following the technical approach being promoted at our regional squad sessions. The technical improvement is not restricted to those actually attending squad and it is clear that coaches are applying the principles throughout their clubs. This is a significant development which can have long term benefits for trampolining in the East.
Coaches will be aware that this region was strongly critical of the way the NDP system was suddenly imposed without proper consultation. However, a number of the areas of contention have been addressed and the squad coaches have now accepted that the NDP system is the only realistic route to the top of the sport in GBR. We believe that coaches owe it to all their gymnasts to provide the opportunity to tap into the system at the most appropriate level.
The NDP system is now being supported by the regional pathway sessions which provide coach education opportunities as well as enabling gymnasts to train with other national level performers. The regional squad sessions which we have been staging, slot very nicely into this pathway.
Please be aware that the views expressed in this article are those of the squad coaches and do not necessarily reflect that of the Eastern Region committee.
In summary: let us use the recent ‘small victory’ as a sign that we are doing the right things and start planning for further progress which will inevitably involve increasing training time and opportunities for those who demonstrate the desire and commitment to try and reach their full potential.
The last squad sessions scheduled for 2016 takes place this Sunday at Brentwood from 9am – 3pm – all coaches are welcome to attend whether or not they have performers present.
With 22 medals and 40 trampolinists qualified for NDP Finals, the East Region’s Trampoline Team won the trophy as the best of the 13 UK regions at last weekend’s Regional Team Finals in Birmingham. This was a remarkable achievement and will hopefully be a springboard to still further successes. Continue reading
In previous years we have held an inter-club Regional Championship based on the grading routines. With some clubs now opting to compete only in NDP this leaves the region divided in terms of routines being competed and the regional committee has been looking at ways in which we could come together without forcing clubs to abandon their principled decisions to adopt one, or the other, of the two structures we support in East. All DMT and TPD competition in the region adopts the BG NDP structures and is not directly affected.
The date and venue for this has now been set and all clubs are invited to prepare for the competition which is being hosted by Levitation TC:
As in previous years there will be both team and individual champions and clubs may enter more than one team if they would like. One big change this year is brought upon us because of the two different structures in use and in order to allow all to compete on a ‘level-playing field’ the competition will make use of the East Region’s Open Competition Structure. This structure has been designed to give clubs confidence in using either NDP or Eastern Grades (or both in reflection of individuals’ needs) as their preferred development pathway going forward. This new format structure was trialled at the recent Fenland Flyers Open where both the organizers and those attending thought it worked well with only minor wrinkles (now being in the process of being ironed out).
As with last year the competition will be for:
If anybody has a query about the New Open Structure please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Annual General Meeting will immediately follow the East Region Championship competition. Can all clubs please make an effort to attend.
Over the last weekend of May, The Peterborough Arena hosted a wonderful Regional Team Finals, an intermediate level competition between teams of trampoline, double mini and tumbling gymnasts from all regions of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The East Region’s team was small compared to some but had quality and spirit in abundance and punched well above its weight. Our younger performers in particular were an inspiration and at the end of the first day on overall points we led the competition! Sunday was a little quieter for us but the East Team finished 5th on trampoline among the 12 regions, 3rd on double mini and 2nd in tumbling; a fantastic result!
On trampoline there were golds for Shannon Waterman, Conner Houston, Harvey Bell, Carys Verdicchio and Hal Ottley; all aged 12 or younger. Ellis Rushworth jumped to silver and Imogen Mayhew, Charlotte Warnes, Caitlin Constance and Monica Dowling all collected bronze. 10 trampoline medals and 28 top eight placings was a tremendous haul.
On double mini our small team also made a great showing with 6 medals including wins for Imogen Mayhew, Hal Ottley, Max Gaeta and Ed Parkin. Daniel Cotta and Chloe Caley achieved silver and Ella Houston reached the podium for her bronze. 11 of the team achieved top eight, point scoring places. Special mention should go to Hal for his double gold and to Imogen, also a double medallist.
More than twenty of these gymnasts will be invited to compete in the National Development Plan (NDP) Finals which takes place in Telford this July. Here they will compete for their individual clubs and we wish them every success.
Huge thanks are due to the East Team’s coaches, judges and supporters for helping our gymnasts achieve such a great result. Thanks too to all the coaches back at our gymnasts’ clubs and to Jack Kelly, Paul Kitchen, Dave Kingaby, Phil Dodson and the Region’s Trampoline Committee for their work in supporting gymnast development. It’s paying off guys!
Report by Pat Dodson (Team Manager).
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|East Midlands||268 (1)||11 (10)||29 (11)|
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|Northern Ireland||43 (11)||53 (5)||12 (13)|
|Scotland||12 (12)||99 (2)||59 (9)|
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Colchester School Of Gymnastics is holding its first Adult Competition on the 16th August 2015 for both gymnastics and trampoline, the entry deadline is 19th July.
The competition is for anyone over the age of 18 who wishes to compete regardless of your experience or ability. We welcome you whether you are a complete beginner or retired from the sport.
The competition should be a fun experience to meet new people and try out some new or old skills. The full competition handbook with all details for information & the entry form can be downloaded below. The relevant extract for Trampoline routines is:
Must include one somersault and one body landing – no difficulty score but 0.5 bonus for two somersaults.
Must include a minimum of three somersaults and a maximum of 7, difficulty will be awarded. There is a 0.3 bonus available for a 3⁄4 front somersault ball out barani or 3⁄4 back somersault cody. Each somersault must not exceed 0.6 in difficulty.
Minimum of 8 somersaults – difficulty will be awarded.
Following the recent announcement by Trampoline East of the format for the regional championships, Fenland Flyers are going to adopt the new Open structure which permits those regularly competing either grades or NDP to compete alongside one another.
Fenland Flyers will be holding an Open Competition on 14th June 2015 at the Thomas Clarkson Academy, Corporation Road, Wisbech, PE13 2SE. Entry fee will be £7.50 and the closing date for entries 23rd May. Entry forms will come out nearer the time but any clubs thinking they will, or will not, enter, early advice to Adele would be appreciated – email email@example.com.
Competition groups will be as defined in the Open structure, TPD grades will also be offered as will a Novice Group competing the routine specified below. Trophies will be awarded for the first 3 places in each group and medals for winning teams.
Novice routine will be: