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Giarnni retains national crown

PUBLISHED: 11:55 16 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:24 05 July 2010

WAVENEY'S Giarnni Regini-Moran proved he is one of the best young gymnasts in the country by reclaiming a national under ten title.

The nine-year-old was one of seven boys from the Waveney Gymnastics Club performing at the national set routine finals at Newcastle as part of the Eastern regional team that won the crown.

WAVENEY'S Giarnni Regini-Moran proved he is one of the best young gymnasts in the country by reclaiming a national under ten title.

The nine-year-old was one of seven boys from the Waveney Gymnastics Club performing at the national set routine finals at Newcastle as part of the Eastern regional team that won the crown.

Regini-Moran was defending his title from last year and he proved once again that he is the gymnast to beat in this age group.

With a total score of 65.000 Giarnni took the national title by an impressive 1.05 from the second placed boy. He produced all seven scores above 8.50 and the highest score in his age group on pommel (9.60), rings (8.90), parallel bars (9.55) and high bar (9.55).

The youngster was one of four boys from the club taking part in the Elite grade of competition.

At under nine Carlos Regini-Moran was competing for the first time and he scored a very encouraging total of 57.150 to finish in tenth place in Great Britain. With five of his scores in the competition above 8.00 he proved that he is at the right level. There were 18 in this age group.

In the under ten Elite competition Henry Howe scored 57.800 to finish eleventh out of seventeen. He scored very well on pommels, rings vault and physical preparation, but with a little more training on parallel bars and floor he will be in the top ten.

In the under twelve age group Clark Gould scored a very good total of 55.875 to finish in seventh place overall. All Clark's scores were above 7.10, which is very encouraging as the routines become more difficult as you move up the age groups. He should be particularly delighted with his vault score of 9.425, which was the top score for this piece in his age group.

Unfortunately Declan Ayers, who sustained an injury a few days before the finals was unable to compete, but had he done so, he would almost certainly have been in a medal position in the under eleven age group. The regional boys won the Paul Blakeborough Trophy for the second year in succession with score of 36 points from the East midlands, who finished second with 24 points.

In the finals for the Club Grade set routines the region entered teams in five of the six categories. Waveney had three boys in this level of competition. George Eaton and Euan Robinson were part of the under ten Primary 3 team. George scored a total of 60.90 to finish in twenty first place, but all his scores were above 8.00, so a good all round competition. Euan scored a total of 51.60 with three scores above 8.00. Both boys contributed to the team medal for third position and a bronze medal.

Oscar Beare was part of the under twelve Primary 1 team and he had possibly the best competition in his gymnastic career so far. He finished in the individual third position to win the bronze medal with a total of 64.350. He produced six scores over 9.000 and his floor was judged at 8.350. In this age group the region had the top three individual positions and therefore the team won the gold medal by a huge margin of nearly fifteen marks.

With the whole of the regional teams performing throughout the three das of competition they won the Bob Currier Trophy, also for the second year in succession with an incredible 120 points total and the second place region could manage only 45. This is a clear indication of the strength of men' artistic gymnastics in the East. Jake Soanes, like Declan sustained a hand injury before the finals and therefore was unable to compete in the Intermediate 2 event for under thirteen gymnasts, but as the winner of this age group was another boy from the East who Jake had beaten in the regional qualifier in March, we can only speculate what he might have done had he been able to take part.

Well done to the coaches who prepared the boys for the competition, namely Adam Scott, Peter Etherington and Daniel Manning fro Waveney. Thanks must also be given to the local rotary club and the lions that have made contributions towards the costs of entry for these very expensive national competitions.

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