Baskervilles Gymnasts Bag Over 50 Medals at Annual Rising Stars Competition
Nearly 300 children from Gymnastics Clubs across the South West gathered at Baskervilles School of Gymnastics on Sunday 24th April, to take part in their annual Girls’ Rising Stars Competition.
Baskervilles played host to gymnasts from 12 different clubs, an increase of six from last year, for the intermediate, squad-level competition. Five sessions were run throughout the day, each with several competitions running. Gymnasts competed on floor, vault, and trampet, and medals were given to the top three gymnasts on each piece, as well as to the top three gymnasts overall in each category. Gymnasts from Baskervilles came up against stiff competition, but worked extremely hard to win a combined total of 56 medals throughout the day.
In the Under 9 Pre-Levels Red competition, Baskervilles’ Maya Luck came first on trampet, and Chloe Trim came first on floor, as well as winning second place overall in her category. In gold position, Freya Edwards scored a valiant 32.90 overall, her first place on vault contributing to the overall win. Kezia Nokeokoumann also scored well, coming in third place overall.
Rosie Stone had a brilliant result in the Under 9 Pre-Levels Blue competition, sweeping the board with first place on floor, vault, trampet, and overall, accumulating a total score of 33.55. In second place overall was Rahni Burnett-Maloney, who scored 33.05 overall.
The Under 9 Intermediate Yellow competition saw Erin Neesham and Tilly Kennard achieve joint first place on floor with a score of 11.50. Erin achieved silver position overall, whilst Tilly also achieved first place on trampet, scoring 12.60, and gold position overall.
In the Under 9 Intermediate Green category, Grace Kitteridge took first place on trampet, with a score of 12.60. Brooke Rackshaw won gold on floor, scoring 12.20, as well as achieving second place overall with a score of 36.10.
Gracie Hurd took overall gold position in the Under 7 Advanced Green category, with an excellent score of 34.30. Gracie came first on floor and vault in her competition. In second place overall, Mollie Dokic scored a fantastic 34.05, winning gold on trampet. Evie Wilkins won bronze overall, with a score of 33.20.
In the Under 12 Intermediate Yellow competition, Abbie Trim came third overall, scoring 34.10. In the Under 12 Intermediate Green competition, Rhianna Balch scored 33.80, also landing third place overall in her category.
Tess Roebuck came first on vault, in the Under 9 Advanced Yellow session, scoring 12.40.
Anna Street took the overall silver in the Over 12 Intermediate Red competition, scoring 32.95.
And with an overall silver position, Liliana Richmond scored 33.10 in the Over 12 Advanced Yellow category, also taking home gold on vault.
The competition, which included a fundraising raffle, was thoroughly enjoyed by all. All funds raised at the competition will go towards the purchase of new equipment for the gym, and the improvement of Baskervilles’ facilities. Baskervilles put all of their profits back into the business for the benefit of their members – this helps aid gymnasts’ development to achieve their potential at all levels.
Following her child’s competition, one parent enthused, ‘it’s fantastic to see Baskervilles holding such a well-run competition for gymnasts competing at grass roots level’.
Another parent explained, ‘this has been a fantastic opportunity for my 11-year-old daughter taking part in her first ever gymnastics competition. The experience she’s gained from today’s event will serve her really well in future life’.
Baskervilles’ coach and Rising Stars organiser Vicky Baskerville enthused, ‘it’s been another excellent competition. Thank you Team Baskervilles!’
We are looking forward to hosting the Boys’ Rising Stars Competition on Saturday 7th May.
See below for our gallery from the day:
Success for Baskervilles at Compulsory Grades
Baskervilles’ Gymnasts Compete at British Championships
Elite Gymnasts from Baskervilles School of Gymnastics travelled to Liverpool’s Echo Arena last weekend to take part in the 2016 Artistic British Championships. The British Championships, which drew a record attendance, was described by British Gymnastics as ‘one of the best British championships of all time’. For the first time ever, the event was broadcast on television, with highlights and live footage screened on BBC Two on Sunday 10th April.
From Baskervilles, Alex Weeks competed in the Under 16 Category, and Harry Wall competed in the Senior Category, competing against the likes of Max Whitlock, Louis Smith MBE and Daniel Purvis.
In the Under 16 Category, Alex Weeks competed on floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar. Alex achieved a personal best at such a high level of competition, coming in overall 17th place out of a total of 42 competitors. Alex came in a fantastic 10th place on vault, with a score of 12.350, and 16th on parallel bars and high bar, with scores of 12.050 and 10.750 respectively.
Harry Wall competed in the Senior Category, the first time he has competed in what is the highest level of competition at the British Championships. Harry competed on two pieces – floor and pommel horse. He came 22nd on floor, with a score of 12.700, and 27th on pommel, with a score of 10.550. Both competitions were won by the overall all-around winner, Max Whitlock.
The event is the highest profile competition, with the most spectators, that gymnasts at Baskervilles have ever taken part in.
See our gallery from the competition below:
Staff at Baskervilles Bid Farewell to Pre-School Manager – Photo Gallery!
Staff at Baskervilles were out in force on Thursday 24th March to bid farewell to Pre-School Manager Julie Marriott-Dodington.
Julie began work at Baskervilles in 1994, after bringing her young children along to Pre-School classes. Baskervilles’ founder Barbara Baskerville, noticed Julie and suggested she start training as a Pre-School coach.
In the years since starting work at Baskervilles, Julie also coached General Gymnastics, to assist in her planning for Pre-School Classes, ensuring all skills and activities are developmental. Julie has attended regular courses, specialising in the Pre-School child, and has become the Pre-School manager at Baskervilles. Additionally, Julie took on the role of Welfare Officer, ensuring staff are kept on their toes with regards to their qualifications and training courses.
Julie’s leaving party was held at Vino Vino Wine Bar in Bath, and saw members of staff past and present enjoy a quiz about Julie and a gift presentation.
“I’ve loved my job, I’ve loved working at Baskervilles, and I’ve got so many happy memories”, Julie enthused, “Baskervilles means a lot to me in many different ways – family, fun and friendship. I’ve had the most marvelous time, and I’ll miss you all very much”.
See our gallery from Julie’s leaving party below.