Seven gymnasts from Baskervilles Gymnastics Club have won themselves a spot in the South West Squad, following qualification on Sunday 18th September. 12 of Baskervilles’ squad boys took part in the Regional NDP grades competition in Barnstaple, competing on floor, vault, pommel horse, high bar, parallel bars, and rings as well as taking part in the PPP (Physical Preparation Programme) exercise, which test the gymnast’s strength, control and flexibility.
In the Underage Category, Jacob Mclean and Charlie Pecchia of Baskervilles sealed overall gold and silver positions respectively – a great result for their first year of being eligible to compete in this competition. Jacob’s highest score was a 9.800 on vault, where he landed 1st place position. He also took 1st place on floor and pommel horse, taking 2nd place position on the high bar and PPP. Charlie also had strong scores on the individual apparatus, taking 1st on the parallel bars and the PPP exercise, 2nd on the high bar and 3rd place on floor.
The boys garnered more outstanding results in the Level 1 Category. Edward Gould was the overall winner of the competition with a score of 61.800, taking gold on parallel bars and silver positions on pommel horse and in the PPP exercise. James Smith also performed precise routines and joined Edward in 1st position on the parallel bars, as well as bagging 1st place position on the high-bar and 3rd place on vault, resulting in an overall 4th place position, with a score of 60.733. Toby Hales also displayed his vaulting ability with a high score of 9.700, and a strong floor score of 8.967, landing him 19th place in the overall competition. Zack Glasgow and Finley Colebourne also performed exceptional vaults, with scores of 9.800 and 9.600 respectively, putting Zack in 1st position on vault.
Theo Todd-Jones, Charlie Day and Jacob Watts took part in the competitive Level 3 Category. Theo executed a fantastic rings routine to take 1st place, along with another gold on the high bar and a silver on pommel horse, placing him in 4th position in the all-around competition. Jacob and Charlie both showed their accuracy on the vault, with scores of 9.600 and 9.450 respectively, alongside equally high pommel horse scores of 9.133 and 9.100 respectively, placing Jacob in 8th position overall and Charlie in 11th place.
In the Level 4 Competition, Oliver Snook bagged another gold for Baskervilles in the all-around competition, with an impressive score of 63.917. Oliver also took 1st place on the rings and the vault, achieving scores of 9.600 and 9.800, as well as placing 2nd on the high bar and 3rd on the pommel horse and PPP.
The Level 6 Competition saw Henry Brooker secure a place in the regional team as he took home the bronze medal in the all-around competition. Henry’s best performances were on the pommel horse and vault where he placed 1st with a dominant score of 9.500. He also had success on the floor and the parallel bars, where he finished in 2nd place.
The competition was a huge success with high scores across the board along with seven of the boys successfully claiming a place in the South West Squad to represent the region at the upcoming National Finals in November.