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Joel Burch at Under 16, James Hall and Courtney Tulloch at Under 14 gave their all in an impressive display of quality and technique at Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham at the 2009 British Championships. Joel competed on the Saturday and despite not having totally recovered from a virus demonstrated style and difficulty light years ahead of his standard in 2008. The difficulty element of his routines already match that of the top six and his overall confidence is building at National level enabling him to take a well deserved 15th place in a highly talented age group. His Rings routine was well executed, high on difficulty to take him to 6th on this tough apparatus. Sustained hard work, patience and maturity should see Joel leap into the top echelons of the sport in the next year.
Brilliant performances in the South East Regional Age Groups Championships saw Pegasus gymnasts bring home a cluster of medals and two overall titles! A two day event with approximately 200 competitors from throughout Surrey, Sussex and Kent battled for team and individual honours during the two day event held at Guildford Spectrum on September 19th & 20th.
Each of the ten sports is combined into a four-day Games environment designed to replicate the feel of major event such as the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and Commonwealth Games.
Brilliant! From the rig at 7.30am Thursday to the record breaking attempt de-rig completed in 1 hour 1 minute at 8.00pm on Sunday evening there was barely a ripple never mind a hitch in the seemless delivery of another superb weekend. It was no surprise that this year’s event attracted the attention of many. Gymnasts flew in from Slovenia, Slovakia, Eire, Ulster, the Isle of Man and many more motored from the far corners of Great Britain. Over 500 gymnasts participated from over 50 clubs, bringing with them upwards of 350 spectators who thoroughly enjoyed quality work throughout the long weekend. The great and good came to support with visits from The Worshipful the Deputy Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Eric Hotson, Paul Garber, President of British Gymnastics, Brian Stocks CEO British Gymnastics, Eddie Van Hoof British Performance Director and Barrie Collie, National Performance Coach for boys.
Courtney Tulloch flew to Austria with the British Team to compete in the prestigious international team event to support the development of future stars. His recent rise in national ranking saw him selected to compete in the under 16 category despite being only just 13. Well prepared and rising to the challenge Courtney notched up a superb end to the year with excellent routines on all apparatus to gain the top execution marks in his age group finishing 5th in the large and highly talented field of older boys. His national team mates also came up trumps so taking Silver medal in the International team event, ahead of Belgium, with Japan in the Gold medal position.
The National Awards Dinner held in London on Saturday 1st November was a celebration of the significant and sustained progress of Men’s Gymnastics during the 4 years of the Olympic Cycle, which ended in Beijing with Great Britain’s first Olympic gymnastics medal for a hundred years! The occasion acknowledged and recognised those who serve the sport at all levels from the grass roots to Olympic success.