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GYMNASTICS: Giarnni shows class

PUBLISHED: 12:22 11 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:38 06 July 2010

IN the past few weekends, several gymnasts from different sections of the Waveney Gymnastic Club have succeeded in reaching national finals after qualifying at regional level earlier in the year.

IN the past few weekends, several gymnasts from different sections of the Waveney Gymnastic Club have succeeded in reaching national finals after qualifying at regional level earlier in the year.

The weekend of May 8/9 was the elite grade finals held at Leicester and the set work challenge competition. Giarnni Regini-Moran continued to show that he is one of the top gymnasts for his age in the country.

Although he made a couple of errors in the Level 4 routines he still scored a creditable 62.225 total to finish fourth in Great Britain. Clark Gould was competing in the Level 6 elite grades and managed to score a total of 52.925 in finishing fifth in Great Britain. Both boys are part of a group of gymnasts who are continuing to participate at the elite grade level, when so many other gymnasts from across the country are finding it more and more difficult to master the skills.

On the Sunday Carlos Regini-Moran was participating in the national set work challenge competition where he finished sixth with a total score of 46.00. He has made some real progress with his gymnastic work in recent months.

One week later and the club were represented by even more of its talented gymnasts in three different National final competitions in Birmingham and Stoke. At the boys competition four gymnasts from the club were part of the East Region team at the Regional Performance grade and the National development Grade finals. At level 4 in the Men's Performance Grade finals Giarnni Regini-Moran scored 65.350 to finish in first place as an individual and together with the rest of the team from the East they won the team Trophy for their age group. His scores, all above 8.50 and five above 9.30 is a real achievement at a national competition.

Henry Howe also competed at Level 4, but in the National Development Grade team. He worked extremely well to score a total of 62.900 and finish in 6th place individually in the country. With four scores above 9.15 and a lowest score of 8.200 this was a great result. Henry's team were the second placed regional team in Great Britain at this level.

Declan Ayers and Jack Parolin were part of the regional development age group team for Level 5, boys under the age of 13. Their team once again proved too strong for the rest of Great Britain and they won the team event. Declan was placed individually third in the age group with a total of 54.500 and Jack was 9th with 52.050.

Both boys scored well and managed to have four and two scores respectively above 9.00 in their totals. All four of these boys performed brilliantly to finish if the top ten places for their age groups in Great Britain.

There is a very good chance that they will all be selected to train with one of the national squads relevant to their age group at some stage during the year ahead. The coaches of these boys, Peter Etherington and Alex Row, are delighted by the achievements of these youngsters over the last couple of weeks.

On the same weekend, two of the club's youngest girl gymnasts were also competing at a national final, but at a different venue in Birmingham.

Phillippa Parr and Farrah Daines were at the compulsory grade finals as individuals having scored a qualifying total at the regional event earlier in the year. As they are only eight years old the experience for them was both new and quite daunting. Nevertheless they gave their best and came away with considerable pride and credit. Farrah scored 54.950 to finish in 35th place and Phillippa Parr scored 50.400 for 57th place. Well done to them and their coach Jess Evans in a very encouraging performance.

At Stoke on the same day, the club was represented by Fran Laurie in a national tumbling final. This is the first time the club have entered gymnasts in a regional competition and had a gymnast selected to compete at the national finals. She has been working really well leading up to the national final and to score 49.375 and finish in 10th place is a very good achievement.

The directors and all members of the club are delighted and proud of all these gymnasts and the coaching staff in succeeding in getting these gymnasts to such a high level of competition in a highly competitive area of gymnastics, and in such a strong region to qualify from.

If you wish to try out a free session at Waveney Gymnastics Club please contact 01502 501419 or email waveneygym@aol.com. Sessions include baby and toddler groups, pre-school, gymnastics and trampolining, street dance and cheerleading.

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