An exciting weekend of gymnastics took place at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School, as both our U11 and U9 teams achieved podium finishes…
On Saturday, the ISGA (Independent Schools Gymnastics Association) Championships brought together U11 and U9 teams from Davenies to compete in the tense arena on both vault and floor. Boys had to complete their vaults and nail them before showcasing their floor routines to include balance, flexibility, move sequences and strength work. They could pick up bonuses for performing moves of greater difficulty. In the U9 event all the boys executed and finished brilliantly, showing just how much work they had put into their practice sessions. Top finishers individually were, Clement Erskine – 4th, Daniel Batten – 5th and Sebastian Fowler – 6th. The team performance that also included Rex Keating, Ethan Pratsides and Jack Szawarski was enough to place them 2nd overall. A fantastic effort.
Next up were the U11s. Competing for Davenies were Mishay, Jack, Jonathan, Luca and Alfie. Following their exceptional skill and efforts on both floor and vault, Mishay and Jack finished 1st =, Matty was 3rd and Jonathan 4th. Their team score was enough to place them 1st overall giving them their first National Team Championship gold medal. A remarkable achievement.
Onto Sunday and the IAPS Championships where Clement picked up the highest finishing place for the U9s – 6th, whilst the team finished 3rd overall. The U11s, hot off the vaulting runway from the day before, confidently stepped up to smash out their routines and vaults for a second time against stronger opposition. To cut an epic event short, Mishay was crowned National IAPS U11 Champion with Matty, 2nd, Jonathan 3rd and Jack fourth. With these top finishing places the team, unsurprisingly, came away with the gold medal being crowned U11 Boys 2 Piece Team Champions – quite an achievement!
Congratulations to all of our gymnasts and to Sarah and her coaching team for their dedication, commitment and hard work, and we wish them good luck with the ISGA 4 Piece National Championships in the new year.
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