Squad gymnasts from Baskervilles School of Gymnastics took home 31 medals, following the South West Intercounties Festival. 14 gymnasts made the trip to Falcons Gymnastics Club in Barnstaple on 29th April for the competition, which took place over two days.
Competing on Saturday 29th April in the floor and vault competition was 8-year-old Braydon Wisbey, who performed a spectacular vault to take 2nd place, securing 8th place in the overall competition.
On Sunday 30th April, the six-piece competition took place, where gymnasts competed on floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar.
In the Under 8 Compulsory Competition, Hal Davies, Felix Bailey, Henry McLean and Thomas Coles represented Baskervilles. Davies and Coles drew on floor, to both take bronze medal position. The boys placed 10th and 7th overall, respectively. Bailey took 4th on parallel bars and 6th on rings to land him in 9th place overall.
McLean bagged himself a gold on floor, two silvers on the rings and vault and a bronze on parallel bars to finish 3rd in the overall competition. Additionally, McLean also won the Mike Euridge Cup for performing his floor routine with the least deductions over the whole weekend of competition, an outstanding achievement.
As a team representing Somerset County, the four boys placed 2nd overall.
The Under 10 Competition was the most competitive category of the day, and saw Toby Hales, Charlie Pecchia, Clem Nacchia, Jack Jenner and Jacob McLean competing for Baskervilles. Nacchia’s best performance was on high bar, where he placed 13th, landing 36th place overall. Jenner placed 27th overall, coming in 16th place on floor and 17th on the pommel horse. Hales came 13th on rings and showed consistency throughout his competition, finishing in 21st place overall. A clean pommel horse routine to take 8th place helped land Pecchia in 19th place overall. McLean bagged gold on vault and bronze on high bar to place 18th overall. Gould took home silver on parallel bars and bronze on the rings to finish 6th in the overall competition, helped by four of his six scores being in top 10 positions.
As a county, the boys’ scores collectively placed them in 3rd position.
Archie-Jack Hall competed in his first competition for Baskervilles in the Over 12 Competition. He showed great maturity throughout, performing consistently to bag himself gold on floor and three bronze medals on pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar, finishing 4th overall.
Competing in the Under 14 Voluntary Competition, 12-year-old Oliver Snook brought home six medals, including a silver in the all-around competition. This was helped by fantastic performances on floor and vault to take gold. Furthermore, Snook took three silver medals on pommel horse, rings and parallel bars.
Baskervilles’ eldest gymnast of the competition, Henry Brooker, took part in the Under 16 Voluntary Competition. Brooker took 2nd place on parallel bars, and won five bronzes medals on floor, pommel horse, rings, vault and high bar respectively. These scores combined to place him in 3rd position overall.
As a county, Somerset placed 3rd in the region with all of the boys’ scores contributing to this achievement.
The South West Intercounties Festival concluded a successful month of competition for the squad boys at Baskervilles, with elite gymnasts also competing at the 2017 English Championships in mid-April. Representing the boys’ squads at Baskervilles were 11-year-old Theo Todd-Jones, 12-year-old Oliver Snook and 19-year-old Harry Wall.
Competing in the Under 12 category, Todd-Jones finished in 34th place overall. His pommel horse routine was his strongest, where he had a clean performance and came 10th.
In the Under 14 event, Snook’s best performance was on the parallel bars, where he took 8th place after a tidy routine. Snook also showed his ability on the vault and pommel horse where he placed 13th and 14th respectively. These scores helped Snook to land in 20th place overall in a highly competitive category.
Wall competed in the Senior Men’s category, pitting himself against some of the country’s top gymnasts. With a sound pommel horse routine, Wall scored 12.600 to finish in 6th place.
The competition provided great experience for the gymnasts, allowing them to compete against the country’s top gymnasts on a national stage.
The squad boys at Baskervilles are now looking forward to competing at home, at the Baskervilles Cup, on Sunday 21st May.