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Success for Bradley Stoke gymnasts at SW Champs

Posted on Sunday 10th November 2019 at 6:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of club members with medals and trophies won at the 2019 South West Championships.

Members of Bradley Stoke Gymnastics Club put in some fine performances at the 2019 South West Acro Championships held at Yate International Gymnastics Centre on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October.

A team of 15 Bradley Stoke gymnasts (making up seven partnerships), three of them competing for the first time, made the short trip to Yate, where they joined around 300 other competitors from across the south west.

The competition format requires each partnership to perform a two-minute routine consisting of five team moves and three individual moves. Routines are judged for tidiness, sparkle, performance and artistry.

Out of the seven partnerships, four of them came away with medals. Amelia Budding and Lara Davidson came away with gold – after working together for just four weeks. Feebee Hartanto and Lara Davidson got silver in their category – in Feebee’s first-ever competition. Alissa Fulco and Tahlia Jennings-Smith got silver, also their first competition, while Sophie Dean and Leoni Miller also secured silver.

Rachael Moore, club coach, said:

“All of the gymnasts performed excellent routines, making us very, very proud. To have so many of our ‘new ones’ compete for the first time and shine like stars put smiles on our faces. We couldn’t be prouder of all the girls, and that’s what makes us a real ‘gym family’”.

“We are also proud that some of our gymnasts have now retired from competing but continue to support the club by coaching and passing on their knowledge to the younger members. The coaching team could not be more grateful to have so many special people in the club.”

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Competition success for Bradley Stoke gymnasts

Posted on Sunday 15th April 2018 at 9:46 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of fifteen of the 16-strong squad which BS Gymnastics Club sent to the South West Prelims.

Members of Bradley Stoke Gymnastics Club put in some fine performances at the South West Prelims competition held at Yate International Gymnastics Centre on Saturday 17th March.

A team of 16 Bradley Stoke gymnasts (making up seven partnerships), five of them competing for the first time, made the short trip to Yate, where they joined around 200 other competitors from across the south west.

The competition format requires each partnership to perform a two-minute routine consisting of five team moves and three individual moves. Routines are judged for tidiness, sparkle, performance and artistry.

The club’s trio of Sophie Dean, Grace Blumire and Charlie Osborne delighted their coaches by coming away with bronze medals. Reflecting on her experience, Charlie said:

“I enjoyed the competition, however it was hard as there were some quite good trios in our group. The best part of the competition was collecting my first medal, and I really liked watching other people competing.”

Rachael Moore, club coach, said:

“All of the gymnasts performed excellent routines, making us very, very proud. To have so many of our ‘new ones’ compete for the first time and shine like stars put smiles on our faces. We couldn’t be prouder of all the girls, and that’s what makes us a real ‘gym family’”.

More: Girls now working towards the SW Championships in October »

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Bronze for Abigail at Euro championships

Posted on Saturday 28th November 2015 at 9:39 pm by SH (Editor)

Abigail Hipkiss (left) and Tiana McClurg, pictured after being presented with their bronze medals at the European Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships.

A gymnast from Stoke Lodge who represented Great Britain at the European Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships in Germany at the end of September has returned from the competition with a cherished bronze medal.

Abigail Hipkiss of King Edmund Gym Club, who competed with Tiana McClurg in the women’s pair 13-19 age category, had travelled to Riesa with few expectations, but the pair rose to the occasion in commendable fashion as they claimed fourth place overall (out of nine high-class nations), in the knowledge that one of three qualification events undertaken, the balance routine, had reaped them a deserved bronze medal.

Although Abigail has won British titles in the past, she says she was “overjoyed” to achieve her lifetime ambition of representing Great Britain, and to then win a medal was “the icing on the cake”.

Abigail has been with King Edmund since the age of 18 months, when she attended gym tots classes. She trains for around 20 hours per week, over five days, increasing to around 28 hours per week in the build up to a major competition.

“Belonging to a club that can see you through from start to finish with great coaches has been a fantastic experience and long may it continue,” she enthuses.

Combining her hobby with work, Abigail is presently employed at Yate International Gymnastics Centre, home to King Edmund, on a government-sponsored apprenticeship scheme, run in conjunction with the club.

Abigail plans to continue training at the level she is at, allowing her to gain more experience and hopefully win another medal at a major tournament. She says she would like to continue her coaching career and stay in the sport after competing, so she can give something back to a sport she so clearly loves.

The King Edmund club runs recreational gym sessions at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre on Fridays between 3.55pm and 4.45pm. For more information, please phone 01454 320662.

More: Photo of Abigail and Tiana performing at the championships »

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Local gymnasts off to European Championships

Posted on Monday 14th September 2015 at 9:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Vada Finniear and Kenedi Cross of Harriers Acrobatic Gymnastics Club.

Harriers Acrobatic Gymnastics Club, based at Patchway Sports Centre, is celebrating the selection of two of its gymnasts to represent Great Britain at the European Championships in Riesa, Germany later this month.

Vada Finniear, 18, from Pucklechurch, and Kenedi Cross, 14, from Patchway, have worked together as a partnership for the past two years. They have already achieved huge success including the Pat Wade Tournament in November 2014, after which they stepped up their training in an effort to be selected to trial for Great Britain.

Following the GB trials, Sarah Bateman, Harrier’s head coach, was congratulated on the success of Vada and Kenedi by the GB national coach, who stated that the pair had been the most improved gymnasts in the six months of the GB selection process. Harriers’ Kansas Bateman, also received excellent feedback from the GB coach for her choreography of Vada and Kenedi’s routines.

Harriers is an extremely successful gymnastics club within the South West region and has been able to hold its own against clubs which have better facilities and the opportunity to train for longer hours.

Established at Little Stoke Primary School in 1984, the club is proud of the fact that many members who started off as gymnasts have stayed and progressed into coaching, which is testament to the friendly and inclusive nature of the club.

The club has approximately 200 members, with ages ranging from 4 to 23. Gymnasts can start at age 4 in the recreational group, where they train for an hour a week, and can progress through to the competitive squads who train for up to 11 hours a week.

Harriers’ long term goal is to one day obtain its own premises with great facilities, which will enable it to continue to develop.

Photo: Vada Finniear and Kenedi Cross (click to enlarge).

This article originally appeared in the September 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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