Our senior girls travelled to Guildford Spectrum, Surrey on 13th September 2015 to compete at Regional Floor and Vault Championships. Entering in the intermediate category at three different age groups, Velocity achieved 2 gold medals, 1 silver, 1 bronze, a 4th place and a 6th place with all but one of our girls placing within the top six gymnasts, and two competitors qualifying for the advanced category next year.
In the 2005 category, Jessica Parvin managed a 6th place finish with only 0.5 separating her from a gold medal finish. In the 2003 category, Ruby Elbra, Isla Bence, Luci Dorling and Maisie Hemmings were all competing for Velocity. All of the girls showed a huge improvement in their routines from the Kent Championships in June, and their hard work on perfecting their vaults was reflected in their scores. Ruby Elbra stole the show with a huge score of 9.00 out of a possible 9.40 on floor, and her powerful vault catapulted her into the gold medal position. Isla Bence and Luci Dorling performed beautifully, placing 3rd and 4th respectively, and Maisie Hemings made a huge improvement on her floor score from the Kents. Ruby and Isla have qualified to compete at advanced level at their next county competition.
There was a fiercely fought battle between Rebecca Christian and Izzy Woodrow-Clark in the 1999-2001 category, with both girls competing for that top spot. In the end, only 0.1 separated the girls in first and second place out of 16 competitors. Rebecca clinched the gold with an outstanding score on floor, with Izzy’s powerful vault placing her in silver position. The girls blew away the other competition, with nearly a whole mark separating them from their nearest competitor in third place.
Of the success of all the girls, Head Coach Franki Riches said “I was blown away by the success of Velocity at this competition. For this to only be the second regional competition we have entered, and to be walking away with two regional champions is a mark of how much dedication the coaches and gymnasts have put in over the summer. All we wanted our girls to do was improve on their scores from the Kents – we never thought we would walk away with medals, especially gold ones!”