Liam delivers six of the best

PUBLISHED: 10:33 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 05 July 2010

WAVENEY Gymnastics Club hosted the Suffolk competition for the third year running earlier this month.

With only two clubs in the county working at competition level for boys at the moment the standard was a bit of an unknown.

WAVENEY Gymnastics Club hosted the Suffolk competition for the third year running earlier this month.

With only two clubs in the county working at competition level for boys at the moment the standard was a bit of an unknown. Both Pipers Vale from Ipswich and Waveney are two of the rising clubs for boy's artistic gymnastics in the region and even the country.

The main organisation of the programme was done by Adam Scott who moved on to work in the Northampton area in September, but he had been a senior coach at Waveney and in the county before moving.

Together with John Pawsey, Andrew Crawford and Daniel Manning the four people were the judges for the day. This left Peter Etherington and Alex Row from the club to accompany the boys around the competition on the day.

This year saw 19 entries from within the county taking part, of which nine were from the Waveney club. Throughout the event the nine boys showed some very well executed routines and only two falls in total during the 54 routines they produced in total on the day. This is an exceptional achievement, which is an indication of the effort put in by both coaching staff and the boys in the run up to the competition.

The general quality of performance on the day from the Waveney gymnasts was at a level of neatness and control above most of the other individuals in the event. This was reflected in the scores awarded to the boys.

Liam Dyer was the only competitor in the U16 age group and he overcame some recent doubts about his work with an outstanding result total of 70.6 from his six routines. His confidence at the end was evident from the smile on his face having gone clean throughout on all pieces. To score 12.2 on floor from a possible 14.0; 12.7 from a start value of 14.1 on pommel and 13.4 from a 13.8 tariff for his handspring front vault is very creditable. Liam proved to be a deserved county winner in spite of the lack of opposition.

Jake Soanes competing in the U14 age group was narrowly beaten into second place with a total score of 70.2, just 0.3 behind the winner. He had a good all round competition and his high bar routine included a release and catch move for the first time at competition level, and an excellent vault score of 13.7 from a possible 14.0 was another high point for Jake.

In the U12 age group the club was represented by Clark Gould, Oscar Beare, Declan Ayers and Jack Parolin who was competing for the first time with his recently constructed voluntary routines. Jack showed five routines, but is not yet ready to compete on chalk bar at this level. However he gave solid performance to score a total of 45.5 and can now set his sights on the future.

The other three boys all went through their routines with no falls. Oscar scored a well deserved 11.8 from a start value of 12.8 on pommel: 10.8 on rings from a maximum of 11.9 and he went on to win the bronze medal in third place with a total of 68.7. Declan and Clark both worked with real determination and went head to head throughout most of the competition and it was nip and tuck until the end. The high points for Clark would have to be that his all round performance was possibly his best during his time in the sport. In particular his pommels scored 12.0 from a start value of 13.3; his parallel bars include a Moy to tipelt for the first time in competition and 11.7 from 13.4 start is good as was his high bar routine which scored 11.3 from a start value of 12.5.

Clark's final total was 71.8 to take the silver medal. Declan performed with considerable control on most pieces, but his floor score of 13.4 from a start of 14.2, ring score of 11.9 from a possible 12.4 and 12.7 from a start score of 13.5 on parallel bars helped him win the county title with a total of 73.0. The club can be proud of the boys as to finish in the top three places at this age group is no mean feat. Unfortunately any competition produces one winner when on this occasion they were all winners.

In the under ten group the club had Henry Howe and the two Regini-Moran brothers, Carlos and Giarnni. Again the three went through the competition with no falls, but younger brother Carlos and the ever determined Henry knew that a couple of their routines were a little short of content and this would be reflected in their scores on those pieces.

Carlos did not compete on high bar, but he must be delighted with his floor routine where he scored 12.6 from a 13.4 start, and 12.4 on vault from a 13.0 tariff. His final score of 36.9 and sixth place was very commendable. Henry was fifth with 55.9 overall. He scored 12.7 on floor from a 13.9 start; 11.1 on rings from 12.0 and 13.1 on vault from a possible 13.8.

Giarnni continued to build upon his previous successes in the sport by winning the county title with a total score of 72.5. He scored 13.4 from a possible 14.4 on floor; 11.5 on high bar from a 12.3 start and 13.2 from a start value of 13.8 on vault. He was only 0.3 ahead of the second place gymnast from Pipers Vale and will need to show real composure at the forthcoming regional and national events with other gymnasts looking to challenge his position.

Overall the club are delighted with all the boys and the quality of their work on the day. Congratulations to Peter and his coaching staff for the preparation they have put in as a team to bring these boys to this level, but the next competition at regional level in two weeks time will be more competitive. Well done to win three titles out of a possible four on the day.

For more details about the classes on offer at the club or anybody/company interested in sponsoring the club in any way please contact the centre manager Vikki Rogers on 01502 501419 or email

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