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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!

Categories // GFA News & Competitions, Acro, Gymnastics For All, Men's artistic, Women's artistic

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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!


Notts Girls compete at the Challenge Cup!

Categories // Women's artistic

Last weekend Notts girls Liv Hackney, Thea Dane and Isabella Willocks competed at the Challeneg Cup competition in Guildford. Saturday saw Liv compete at junior level, Liv in  her first year of competing at National competition, following on from the English championships in March. In a tough competition of almost 70 competitors Liv started with a solid performance with a piked Tusuk on Vault and was pleased to stick the landing following a few problems in the days leading up to the weekend. Bars saw another good performance with all her handstands hitting the vertical, moving to Beam often the apparatus which causes problems, just one mistake from Liv falling on her spin saw her gaining in confidence. Finally Floor and another strong routine but the landing of her 1 ½ twisting dismount out of the floor adding to the deductions awarded by the judges. Overall an encouraging performance and with hard work in training next year will undoubtedly see stronger routines with more skills.


Sunday saw Issy Willocks, Thea Dane compete at the Espoir Challenge Cup, held in Guildford. A field of over 70, 12-13 years olds battled it out to become a National Champion with many using the competition to try and qualify for the British Championships. This was Issy's first taste of a competition at this particular level and for good measure, Issy was drawn to compete first on the Floor. A hand down on the opening tumble (double tuck) was the only blemish of an otherwise well choreographed routine that also included a 1 1/2 twisting backward somersault and full twisting somersault forward.

Vault was slightly reduced in difficulty but a clean and tidy effort gave Issy some confidence moving onto her Bars routine. A short exercise meant the score didn't reflect Issy's efforts, overcoming her fears and performing a swinging turn in between the bars for the very first time.

Issy finished her competition on arguably the most difficult piece of apparatus, the Beam. A fantastic performance was rewarded with a great score of 12.45 and a seventh place finish on this particular apparatus. This was a very positive finish to a competition that provided a huge learning curve and some valuable experience for the young gymnast.Thea in her first year of National competition started on Floor, competing Piked Double back for the first time, she was unable to control the landing and fell backwards, another fall on the front full twist meant the score was lower than Thea had hoped for. A strong dismount of double twist gave much encouragement for the next apparatus. Vault produced a strong performance with a Piked Tsuk, a hop on landing was the only major deduction from a good vault. Moving to bars and an unexpected fall on the normally solid Mo saw Thea end up with a short routine, the experience will ensure that she works hard to get in additional skills. Finally to the best apparatus of the day, Beam, A wobble on Tucked back somersault and spin were the only major deductions in a solid routine.

Well done girls and coaches!


Double Downie Cup Entry CLOSING SOON!!

Categories // Gymnastics For All, Women's artistic

OCTOBER 29TH - 30TH 2016 PRESENTS THE DOUBLE DOWNIE CUP. Entries are now open. Please download the entry form and email or post FAO Jemma Wilson.

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