NDP Finals Success and Round 1 of 2016 Group Leagues at Fenton Manor
27th June 2016
14 gymnasts from the West Midlands qualified for the 2016 National Development Plan Finals which were held at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke-on-Trent over the weekend of June 25th and 26th.
The most successful was Daisie Burke (City of Birmingham) who was the overall Silver medallist in Grade 8 (Under 13). Daisie had a very consistent competition, finishing in second place in all three sections (Rope, Hoop and Clubs).
Three young gymnasts from Worcester made their debut on the national stage in the Grade 4 (Under 9) competition. Eva Yordanov took the overall Bronze medal by virtue of finishing second in the Free section and sixth with Rope. Her club mate Georgia Smith competed in the Grade 5 (Under 10) competition and was very consistent, finishing sixth in both the Free and Hoop sections to finish sixth overall.
In the Grade 7 (Under 11) competition, Elena’s Marina Barker won the Clubs title and finished fourth in the Ball section, placing her third overall. Marina’s club mate Phoebe MacDonald also won a medal by finishing in third place with Clubs which combined with her sixth place with Ball placed her fifth overall.
In Grade 9 (Junior), Sophie De-Bear (City of Birmingham) matched her 2015 performance by finishing fifth overall, but went one better this year by wining an apparatus medal in the process (Silver for her Clubs routine). The City of Coventry’s Kayleigh Thompson also put in her best performance of the day with Clubs to finish sixth in this section.
Running alongside the NDP Finals was the first round of the 2016 Group Leagues, and four Groups from the Region were in action. The standout stars of the day were the City of Birmingham Juniors who topped the rankings in the Elite Junior League with both their Ball and Clubs routines. In the National Junior League, the Elena Firecrackers performed much closer to their potential than they did in the Seeding Event in March, missing out on first place by just 0.051.
Congratulations to everyone involved!