8am start and 6.30pm finish OMG what a long day. Even though the day was long we had some very good performances from a lot of our tumblers. National 1 saw David Richardson in his first Regional Comp rise to the challenge and end up an easy winner putting in 3 solid performances and show that his tumbling has progressed so much over the past few months. Eva Hardie and Eve Coates made it through to the finals and Eve pulled off 3 very good tumbles and came 2nd. Eva did very good also but some of her scores I thought were well down by some not very good judging and Eva finished in 6th place but I was very pleased with both girls. Cleo Watson just missed a place in the final by coming 9th and again I feel as though Cleo should have been in the final as she performed really well. Lauren Askew (10th place) put in a very good 1st tumble but forgot to put her half turn on the end of her 2nd which cost her a place in the final. Charlotte March came in 11th place and again Charlotte put in a good 1st tumble but took an extra step in her handspring which put her out of a final place also. This competition will have given all 5 girls much needed experience for future competitions. Anna Alderson managed a good first tumble but a mistake in her 2nd tumble put Anna out of a final spot also but Anna deserves a well done for trying her 2nd tumble as she has struggled with this one in training. Rachael Brown did really well to make the final and came 6th overall.
National 2: A sterling performance from Rebecca Dixon made her a worthy winner in her age group. Lily Hardie showed that 3 consistent performances come out victorious. Lily performed really well and I am very pleased that she is going to the finals. Sophie Allen showed that she has got very good speed and power but her neatness cost her today but still a good performance to finish 2nd. Conall McGoran performed really well in his first Regional Champs and came 2nd but showed he is a really good competitor and will do well in the future. Georgia Tindale showed everyone how to perform a high flick tuck and this tumble pulled her into a bronze medal position. Kara Farrier did really well in her first tumble and her 2nd was a little off centre and cost her a lot of points but she still managed to make the final and come out in 6th place. Her flick tuck was very good considering this is the first time she has done this in competition. Charlotte Pattinson just missed out on the final and came in 9th place. Nerves seemed to get the better of Charlotte today but I am sure she will overcome this for her next comp. Stephanie plowman did her tumbles ok but finished in 11th place missing the finals.
National 3: Just 2 in this section but both Courtney Hodgson and Hope Rackstraw won their age groups. Courtney did really well considering we did not think she would compete after a bad fall on Saturday but she did herself proud with 3 solid tumbles. Hope did very well also winning a very tight group with ease in the end. I am really pleased for Hope as she just missed out last year and she really deserves this win. Well Done.
Elite 1: Erin Stone did really well in this level and came 2nd with 3 solid performances and should be really proud of herself in how far she has come since last year. Lauren Husband and Amy Jeff had a right fight with each other in this age group and only 0.1 seperated them in the end but Lauren came out winner today with Amy in 2nd but both girls did fantastic and I am sure when it comes to finals it will be these 2 fighting it out again for 1st and 2nd. Oliver Herring won his event with a very good score even though he took a 3.0 mark penalty for taking off over the line in one of his tumbles. Lets hope we don't see the same mistake in Stoke. Well done.
Elite 2: Casey Coxon, Lauren Said and Eilidh Cameron were all very good in this level but Lauren came out on top today with Eilidh in 2nd and Casey in 3rd. All girls were scoring high 8's and low 9's showing how strong they are in this level. All did really well and it was a shame that Jessica Vaughan broke a bone in her foot on Friday as it would have been very interesting if Jessica was in as she would have pushed them all. Jonathan Morgan won his event with a solid 3 runs and a very high score. Jevon Atkinson won his age group and is showing that he no longer goes down the track with bent arms and legs, Jevon has improved his style a lot since his last competition. Rebekah Pattinson won her event with 3 really good tumbles and has shown a huge improvement in recent months and this was a well deserved win and both myself and Mark are very proud of how she has stepped up to Elite level.
Elite 3: Shanice Davidson won her event with the highest overall score of the day. Shanice performed 3 outstanding tumbles. Iona Rockett won her event with 3 solid runs and came out with a very high score. Sam Dronsfield I though was the best but came 2nd. I felt really sorry for Sam as I thought over all 3 tumbles he deserved to win but unfortunately some of the judges don't seem to be able to determine good whips from not so good whips.
A well done goes to our Judges Jackie Gilmore and Colin Smith. A big thank you also to our Coaches Mark Nesbitt and Julie Oliver. A big WELL DONE to all tumblers, Judges and Coaches from Glen
Rachel Davies has taken a prestigious award at the North East Sports Awards. Rachel won the Junior Sports award for 2010 at only 12 years old. This award is usually won by much older junior sports participants. Rachel mixed with sporting legends and even had a bunch of young rugby players asking her for autographs.
WELL DONE to Alexandra Richardson who has just won the Youth Award for Most Promising New Talent in the Northern Echo Local Hero Awards. Alexandra was shortlisted from hundreds of nominees to win the award and a cheque for £250.
Congratulations must also go to Georgia Clayton who was shortlisted to just 3 for the Youth Award for Remarkable Achievement.
Well done girls!!
A great start to the year for Deerness Tumblers and we have not even started any competitions yet.
Deerness Tumblers took an amazing 19 medals at the British Tournament in Stoke on Trent this weekend. Shanice Davidson took the 9/10 overall title in the girls tumbling. Iona Rockett took Silver in the 11/12 girls, Kristian Atkinson took Bronze in the 11/12 boys, Chloe Tindale took Silver in the 13/14 girls, Sam Dronsfield took Bronze in the 15/16 boys and Deborah Gathercole took the Senior Womens title. In the individual runs on Sunday Lauren Said took Gold, Casey Coxon took Silver, Shanice Davidson took Silver, Jonathan Morgan took Bronze, Oli Herring took Bronze, Iona Rockett took 2 bronze, Georgia Clayton took 2 Bronze, Chloe Tindale took Silver, Sam Dronsfield took Gold and Deborah Gathercole took 2 Gold. Tumblers who made the finals but did not quite get into a medal position were Rachel Pearson, Sam Stafford, Kristian Atkinson and Mae Heskett. Other Deerness tumblers: Eilidh Cameron, Jevon Atkinson, Lauren Husband, Amy Jeff and Matilda Hamilton.
WELL DONE to all of the medal winners and the great support from all of the parents.
Deerness Tumbling now has a World Champion. On Friday 19th November Rachel Davies became World Champion in the 11/12 girls tumbling final in Metz France. Rachel outperformed 3 Russion, 2 Belgium and 2 other members of the British team in the final to become WORLD CHAMPION. This will be a huge boost to Deerness Tumbling and shows that we must be doing something right to be able to produce a World Champion in less than 5 years from starting up the club. Alexandra Richardson finished in 11th place which for her first time away was a good result but a mistake probably cost Alexandra a place in the final which is what Alexandra was hoping for. Alexandra will still be in this age group next year and i am sure she will come back much stronger next year and will push for the top spot next year in Birmingham. Alexandra Knowd performed brilliant performing both runs really well and finished in 11th place. Steven Gilmore finished in 12th place with an uncharacteristic mistake which cost Steven a place in the final. Steven is also still in the 15/16 age group next year and will definately come back stronger in Birmingham.