For Rhythmic gymnastics as it is a developing discipline regions join together to hold their qualification for National finals. Zone A includes London, South East and South. With 49 gymnasts competing from the three regions, London provided 31 gymnasts from five clubs. When it came to the medals London were hungry taking 14 of the 21 medals on offer. London clubs really proved themselves in this event and it is testament to the work of Chair Olga Berzing and the support given to the region from Cleo Hooper, that so many clubs in London are now raising their standard in rhythmic competition and working together to promote knowledge, friendship and understanding.
Pre Grade U9
In this competition gymnasts just perform in the ‘Free’ routine. This is without hand apparatus and looks at the quality of dance, musicality and performance skills. London Medallists: GOLD - Rachael Allen (Elite), SILVER – Alice King (LAGAD), BRONZE - Alexia Chan (LAGAD)
Pre Grade U10
Gymnasts again perform their ‘Free’ routine but in addition also participate in a Hoop routine.
London Medallists: GOLD – Milana Hazar (London Sports Academy), SILVER – Azra Dewan (Elite), BRONZE – Katarina Hunter (London Sports Academy)
Anastasjia Torubarova (London Sports Academy) also scored the 2nd highest ‘free’ routine.
Grade 6 Competition
London Academy of Gymnastics and Dance (LAGAD) had a strong showing. Chiara Whitefield absolutely dominating the ‘free’ routine with a commanding 10.20 score well over a mark clear of anyone else. Chiara was the overall champion in this grade winning GOLD.
Elite’s Alida Bogdanova put in three solid performances in ‘free’ rope and ball to take the BRONZE.
Jessica Helfgott (LAGAD) was the 2nd highest scorer in the ‘free’ routine.
Grade 7 Competition
In Grade 7 again the gymnasts perform their free routine, with Hoop and ball as the selected apparatus. Amaranta Chavez (LAGAD) winning Free and Ball and with a 2nd place Ball routine, her final total score was almost 1.500 ahead of the next placed gymnast. Congratulations for winning GOLD. Christianna Vitanova (Elite) has had some excellent results in competition previously, and is 2012 Grade 6 National Champion, consistency in her Grade 5 endured she ended the day with SILVER.
Grade 8 Competition
Only one gymnast from London was working at the standard required for this level. This grade requires the gymnasts to perform four routines; Clubs, Hoop, Ball and Ribbon. Akane Nasu had the highest scoring Clubs routine and the second highest Hoop. Akane ended the day winnig BRONZE medal overall.
Grade 9 Competition
In Grade 9, again the requirements are tough. Four routines, all with different elements, that have to be performed with fluency, expression and confident handling of the apparatus. LAGAD did it again with Anna Valentina Kelis confidently approaching all her routines to end the day in SILVER. Her most outstanding routine came with the hoop.
Grade 10 Competition
Yevgeniia Lavrenchuk (LSA) had a consistent approach to all four routines, taking 2nd place in each event she ended the day in the SILVER medal position. From Elite Gymnastics Salima Johnson took the BRONZE medal with her Hoop routine being her best performance.
London Gymnastics now looks forward to hearing of more success when the gymnasts travel with their coaches to the National Finals, taking place in Walsall on 18th and 19th May.