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Waveney gymnasts keep shining

PUBLISHED: 10:25 25 March 2011

Waveney Gymnastics Club hosted the regional boys gymnastics grades competition on Sunday, March 13. The club's Henry Howe is pictured in action.

Waveney Gymnastics Club hosted the regional boys gymnastics grades competition on Sunday, March 13. The club's Henry Howe is pictured in action.

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WAVENEY Gymnastics Club hosted the regional boys gymnastics grades competition on Sunday, March 13.

Waveney Gymnastics Club hosted the regional boys gymnastics grades competition on Sunday, March 13. The club's Jack Parolin is pictured in action.

With 80 gymnasts taking part it was a busy day, which was split into two competitions; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Waveney had five boys taking part in the various age groups, all seeking to finish high enough, with the top six positions sufficient to gain selection for the regional teams to go forward to the national finals in May.

In the Level 6 competition for U14 boys, Jack Parolin scored consistently well on all six pieces of apparatus, with an impressive 9.05 on vault. Each routine marked out of a maximum of ten (10). His score of 50.70 meant he finished in third place to win the bronze medal.

Henry Howe was taking part in Level 5 for boys U13 and, again, a consistent set of results with 9.30 on vault and a final total of 49.75. This was enough for Henry to win this level and take the gold medal to add to his success for the previous week at the London Open.

At Level One for boys over eight and under nine, the club was represented by Joe Suter who scored a total of 61.50 and Sebastian Facas with 58.70. Both boys scored well for their first regional competition with Joe finishing in 12th place and Sebastian in 14th out of 22 boys at this age.

Emilio Regini-Moran was also competing at Level One, but in the more advanced grades, known as Regional Performance Grades. With three scores above eight and three above nine, plus a perfect score of 10 on vault, he took the gold medal of 64.25.

He showed good lines and control throughout the competition and looks to be following the path of his older brother Giarnni, who has been pre-selected for the national finals along with some other gymnasts in the region.

• Recently, the East Region Gymnastics Association held its annual presentation awards evening at the Holiday Inn in Ipswich.

The presentation evening recognises individuals, teams, clubs, volunteers and long service in all branches of gymnastics across the region which consists of Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, with nominations in 11 identified categories.

Waveney Gymnastics club had nominations in eight categories which included some gymnasts at junior boys and girls (under 14 years of age), senior female gymnasts, volunteer, administration, young coach (under 25), coach over 25, and large club of the year.

Not all our nominations were successful as the shortlist for each category was once again a strong field, but Waveney Gymnastics Club won three awards. “This was a wonderful achievement and was a follow up to two different awards being won the previous year by the club at the awards evening,” a club spokesman said.

In the categories the club was mentioned but unsuccessful on this occasion were Vikki Rogers (admin), Peter Etherington (coach over 25), Jess Evans (coach under 25), Farah Daines (young junior female gymnast) and Giarnni Regini-Moran (young junior male gymnast).

The club was delighted that Avril Soards was awarded the Senior Female Gymnast trophy for her highly successful results in the Veterans British Championships where she has been national champion for the past two years, 2009 and 2010.

Colin Price, the club treasurer, won the volunteer award for his dedication, time and guidance at the club over the last 20 plus years, seeing Waveney Gymnastics Club through from a school based small club to a highly successful, stable position in its current facility.

The highlight of the evening for Waveney Gymnastics Club was to be awarded the regional recognition for the “large club of the year” award in 2010 based upon its wide contribution to local schools, the community, hosting British Gymnastic camps, training camps for international teams and its strong contributions towards the London 2012 build up. Chairman, John Pawsey, and treasurer, Colin Price, collected the award on behalf of all those connected to Waveney Gymnastics Club who share in this honour - a recognition that really does put Waveney Gymnastics Club and the local community on the map.

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