Regional Team Finals 2017
Having gained qualification at the recent Regional Qualifier 18 NTGA members descended on the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on 17-18 June along with over 1,000 competitors, hoping to secure a top 8 finish in their category to gain a place at this year’s NDP Finals.
On Saturday the NDP Level 1 & 2 gymnasts kicked off proceedings with Sydney Wootton claiming a convincing victory in the Level 2 9-10 Girls, Sydney’s score of 54.10 was over 2 marks ahead of her nearest competitor. Lewis Maitland-Knibb finished in 5th place in the Level 2 13+ Boys scoring 49.50 and Megan Thomas scored 49.80 to finish 8th in the Level 2 11-12 Girls. In the Level 2 11-12 Boys Sam Wensley finished in 16th with 24.30.
At Level 1 Beth Waine just missed out on a top 8 finish as she scored 50.70 in the 9-10 Girls to finish in 9th. In the 11-12 Girls Emily Simpson finished in 10th place after scoring 49.90.
The action continued on Sunday as the NDP 4-6 gymnasts took to the arena with Georgia Roseblade providing a highlight as she jumped to top spot in the Level 5 11-12 Girls, winning the gold medal scoring 49.80. Sofia Rands scored 49.70 to claim a bronze medal in the Level 5 13-14 Girls, finishing one better than sister Esme Rands in the 15+ Girls, who just missed out on a podium finish in 4th with 51.40. Also in the 15+ Girls there was an 8th place finish for Izzy Odom as she scored 49.90.
At Level 4 Jacob Fleet was pipped to the post scoring 48.80 to secure a silver medal in the 11-12 Boys. Elsewhere Megan Loughney (49.00) finished 11th and Freya Portrey (47.40) came 19th in the 11-12 Girls and Charlotte Chambers (47.20) finished 18th with Molly Roberts-Crawford (46.20) in 19th in the 13+ Girls.
Alex Pitfield was just 0.1 away from a gold medal in the Level 6 13-14 Boys, his score of 49.70 was good enough for 2nd place and a silver medal. In the 15-16 Girls Lara Norman just fell short of a podium finish as she scored 48.10.
Congratulations to all the gymnasts as attention now turns to the NDP Finals in Telford on 7-9 July. Huge thank you to Terrie Jones for her tireless coaching support over the weekend and at the squad training days and thanks also to Clive Morgan for his expert judging as always.