c/o Debbie Saunders
The Rivermead Centre in Reading again played host to Aerobic Gymnastics Alex Strachen cup in February, with the three day event also hosting the first spring RAC competition. Meaning the weekend included all three levels of Aerobic Gymnastics, from RAC grass roots level right up through NAC to FIG gymnasts who were using the event as the first part of selection for the World Championships.
Heathrow again produced an excellent trio to win the foundation (age 9) section of the competition. Layla Butt, Daisy Hurworth and Kelly Mendes, with a crowd pleasing routine and superb choreography to the greatest genie, from Lazytown.
NAC medals were well distributed between clubs with Bulmershe, Weston, Southport, Waterside, Heathrow, Suki, LK aerobics, Goshawks, Basingstoke. Making a welcome return to the sport and winning the NAC senior individual was Heathrow’s Sabrina Harvey. Charlotte Dollery (Bulmershe) again had a very convincing win in the NAC group 2 Indivduals and the top NAC score of the day with a routine scoring excellent difficulty elements.
With many of the FIG gymnasts up for selection for the World Championship, adrenaline was running high on the Sunday, as many gymnasts had moved up an age group and had to produce new routines with new difficulty elements.
Chloe Farrance and Seb De Verteuil (Bulmershe) won the senior female and male individual, and also paired up to win the mixed pairs event with a routine that showed superb partnership work.
Kayliegh Silva (Martines) proved her obvious ability with a dynamic and powerful routine, including linking some high level skills to win the group 2 Female individual against very tough competition from Bulmershe and Heathrow. With Matt Saunders and Abi Butterfield winning the mixed pairs at their first time in group 2.
Eleanor Ruffle (Bulmershe ) produced a technically superb routine to comfortably win the group 1 female individuals, ahead of Georgia Davies and Phoebe Cheung (Martines) and Marvin Gordon (Bulmershe) winning the male individual.
TC chair Nigel Saunders said “how good it is to see the top gymnasts in each category competing to an international standard and producing scores that will stand them in good stead when representing Great Britain”