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Waveney boys' gym joy

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 05 July 2010

Six boys from the Waveney Gymnastics Club competed at the British Championships at Goresbrook in East London.

The Under 12s event had 70 entries from across the UK.

Six boys from the Waveney Gymnastics Club competed at the British Championships at Goresbrook in East London.

The Under 12s event had 70 entries from across the UK.

Waveney had five boys in this event, but knew that the level of competition would be high.

The boys from Waveney taking part were Clark Gould, Oscar Beare, Declan Ayers, Henry Howe and Giarnni Regini-Moran.

Although this was the top u12 year old boys in the country, it needs to be appreciated that Howe, Ayers and Regini-Moran are still only 10 so have another one or two years at this age group.

By the end of the competition the results showed that the young gymnasts from the club had given a good account of themselves.

At this level, the cost of a fall on any piece of apparatus can result in dropping several places in one go, and lessons need to be learned from this type of error.

Howe scored a total of 53.45 to finish in 55th place, but 12.90 on floor, 12.20 on vault and 10.85 on rings and parallel bars were very encouraging.

Beare scored 66.05 to finish in 35th place and showed a consistent all round performance with good scores on rings 10.85, vault 11.90, parallel bars 10.85 and 11.15 on high bar.

Ayers was in 23rd place with a total of 67.95 scoring 12.70 on floor, 12.50 on vault and 12.80 on parallel bars.

With falls on the other three pieces of apparatus, he was always going to struggle.

Gould continued his recent showing of a more consistent competition which was rewarded with 16th place and a score of 69.65, which included scores of 12.50 on floor, 11.00 on pommel horse, 11.90 on rings, 12.75 on vault and 11.25 on high bar.

He was overall seventh on high bar, but his ring routine saw him take the bronze medal for this apparatus.

Regini-Moran continued to show he is a talented gymnast by scoring 72.05 to finish in seventh place in the country.

Scores of 23.60 on floor, 11.55 on rings, 12.80 on vault and 12.35 on parallel bars were very pleasing, especially as his floor mark saw him take the individual silver medal for this piece.

Overall, the results for the Waveney boys were encouraging and give them a good idea of how they compare to others in the country.

The national squads are selected from a variety of results of the major competitions throughout the year, but to have three boys in the top twenty five for their age group in the country is a satisfying achievement.

On the Saturday of the British Championships the old age groups were competing and the like of Olympians Louis Smith and Daniel Keating were participating.

On Sunday Waveney had Jake Soanes representing the club at U14.

He scored 63.35 to finish in 35th place out of 47, but his vault score of 12.80 and a creditable 11.60 on parallel bars were his two best pieces on the day.

Overall Peter Etherington and the coaching staff at the club were pleased with the boys' performances .Waveney Gymnastics Club have sessions for babies at eight weeks old, to toddler, pre-school and recreational gymnastics and trampoline classes. Call 01502 501419 or by email: waveneygym@aol.com to book a free trial session.

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