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Sergey Sizhanov appointed as Assistant Head of Men's Discipline

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We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Sergey Sizhanov as Assistant Head of the Men’s discipline.

Sergey is a Level 6 – International Performance Coach and has produced exceptional results in both a club setting and internationally with Great Britain. Back when we were Notts school of gymnastics, Sergey coached both the junior and senior boys for 5 years. During this time, Notts won the British U12 team championships 3 years in a row, as well as the British NDP team championships. He personally coached the likes of Andrew Smith, Reece Pearson, Zach Walker as well as Sam Oldham, who all achieved British All-Around titles in this time. During his time at British Gymnastics, he has been a driving factor in the success of the men’s junior teams, with many going on to represent GB at the Olympic Games. Sergey was the head coach to the Junior European Championship winning team in 2008, which included his own gymnasts Reece Pearson and Sam, as well as Daniel Keatings and Daniel Purvis. He was also the Head Coach to the Junior European Championship winning teams in 2010 and 2016, which involved gymnasts such as Max Whitlock, Frank Baines, Nile Wilson and Brinn Bevan. At a senior level, he was also Sam Hunter’s personal coach during his success at the 2010 European Championships, as well as the 2010 World Championships when he finished 7th All-Around.

We look forward to officially welcoming Sergey to the academy on Monday 31st October.


Success for Notts girls at Regional Championships!

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The morning competition saw Charlotte Thomas at moving up from Level 4 in 2015 to the Level 3 age 13+. Starting on Beam an uncharacteristic mistake on her leap series saw her starting with a fall on the apparatus which is normally consistently solid. Putting beam behind and moving to floor Charlotte produced an excellent routine to win a well deserved silver medal. Vault saw another tidy 1/2 on 1/2 off, then finally bars where she successfully competed the skills she had been working hard in training. Another clean routine to finish of a successful competition. The afternoon saw Elyse Hallam and Thea Dane competing. Elyse competing in her first competition for a year was competing at Level 2 having moved up from Level 3 last year. Thea moved up 3 levels to compete at Challenge Espoir. Starting on floor, Thea after being disappointed to fall on floor at Challenge cup the previous week produced an excellent performance landing her double pike for the first time in competition. A great start which was mirrored by Elyse with a tidy floor which only lacked in difficulty not execution. Vault saw 1/2 on 1/2 off from Elyse and a piked Tsuk and hastily learnt Tucked Tsuk from Thea. Both competed their vaults without falling. Moving to bars and falls for both gymnasts, Thea showing tidy skills but falling on clear to handstand, Elyse with an improved low bar routine but unable to hit handstand on the top bar meant a fall on backward giant. Finally to Beam, a one fall for Elyse rounded off a good competition after a year of frustrating injuries. Thea with a few wobbles managed to compete the final apparatus without any falls which was enough to become the Regional Challenge Espoir and Espoir Champion. Her performance on the apparatus brought saw her Vault, Bar and floor champion and 2nd on beam. Overall a great day for all 3 gymnasts, now time to work hard in training to try and increase the difficulty for the next competition.

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Bella, Lexi, Anna, Adele, Amelia, Nina, Violet and Lottie from development challenge all competed Level 5 in age at regionals last weekend. They had a couple of falls on bars and beam but overall they had a great competition and made improvements in most of their scores from their last competition back in July

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Beatrice Hill was crowned overall voluntary level 4 regional champion with a score of 59.400 which put her in the lead by over 4 marks. She also won a gold medal on every piece of apparatus. Beatrice started on beam where she performed an elegant and tidy routine scoring 12.800. After her successful beam performance, Beatrice moved onto floor where she captivated the audience with beautiful presence and choreography as well as performing 2 new tumbles and showing improvement in her leap split and arm positions. Vault was efficient and neat. To finish, Beatrice swung nicely on bars with a smooth routine including a solid handstand shape and a backaway as a new skill. Beatrice was awarded the Diana Mohamed trophy for the overall combined compulsory and voluntary level 4 regional champion. Beatrice has been selected to represent the East Midlands at national finals. Well done and Good luck!

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Olympic medalist Sam Oldham returns to Notts Gymnastics Academy!

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We are delighted to announce to the return of former Notts gymnast Sam Oldham to the academy.

Sam joined Notts as a 7-year-old and achieved a lot of success during his time at the club, breaking into the junior national squad and became the British under 12 champion. He left Notts at the age of 14 and has gone on to achieve great things within the sport.

As a junior, he was part of the 2008 Great Britain team that won the Junior European Championships for very first time, before going onto becoming individual Junior European All-Around and High Bar Champion in 2010. He also represented Great Britain at the Youth Olympic Games, claiming Gold on the High Bar and Silver on Pommel.

As a senior, Sam has represented Great Britain at the European and World championships, achieving an individual Silver medal at the 2013 and 2014 Euro’s on High Bar. He was also part of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, who claimed a historic Bronze medal in the team event.

Sam will be training at the academy full time within the Men’s squad and has his sights firmly set on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games.

We wish to offer him a huge welcome home and the best of luck in the future from everyone here at NGA!

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