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GYM: Spectacular for everyone

PUBLISHED: 12:35 18 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:42 06 July 2010

IDC Diamonds held their third annual summer spectacular fundraising event at The Denes High School last Sunday.

In the morning, spectators enjoyed the very lively, energetic, full of fun and sparkling performances by guests from Blaze Dance School and Waveney Baton Twirlers and all of the IDC cheerleaders.

IDC Diamonds held their third annual summer spectacular fundraising event at The Denes High School last Sunday.

In the morning, spectators enjoyed the very lively, energetic, full of fun and sparkling performances by guests from Blaze Dance School and Waveney Baton Twirlers and all of the IDC cheerleaders.

IDC Diamonds' development group performed in front of 200 spectators for the first ever time, and their coach Vanessa Aldred was thrilled by their effort on the day.

The club's competition squad have gained five new members since their last competition at Easter, and with a massive team effort they have put on a fantastic show with their stunt and cheer dance routines.

“We have had a few injuries and illnesses in the past couple of weeks, which unfortunately held the teams back to practice with full routines,” Anett Allsopp, manager and head coach of IDC Diamonds said. “I am most proud of them all as I watched them on Sunday as they tried their hardest to get all of their routines right. They all worked really well and the older girls were so helpful with the younger ones whilst they were practicing and getting ready for each performances - like a big family.”

In the afternoon IDC Diamonds held their first ever team gym club competition with 58 gymnasts including pre-schoolers, special needs group, display and development groups, primary and junior competition groups.

Gymnasts from the display groups performed three choreographed routines nervously but graciously on tumble, mini-trampette and floor for the very first time in front of an audience.

The Tiny Tip-Toes Pre-School group, including some of our newest members in the development group, put on a very nice display on floor and made everyone so proud.

IDC Diamonds Special needs group have gained two new members since their national final in Gloucester last month, and they performed tumbling and trampette skills together with a massive improvement.

“Our competition squads, including our novice group, have learnt new routines and new skills since their performance at the regional finals in last February,” Mrs Allsopp said. With our new coach, Marian Teodorescu, we have high hopes for them to gain a top three ranking in future competitions this year.”

Some 135 participants and 350 spectators marvelled at this fundraising event as nearly £600 was raised towards the purchase of new floor carpets that the club so desperately needs to practice both disciplines - cheerleading and team gymnastics.

The club's chairman and head coach, husband and wife, Mr and Mrs Allsopp said a “huge thank you” to Kev Oldman and his staff at the Denes High School for hosting this fantastic event.

Also a big thank you went out to all of the helpers and coaches on the day, for without them this event wouldn't have run as smoothly and successfully.


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