Tuesday, 30 June 2009

At LAST Rachels done it!!!!!!!!!!!

Breaking news, coach Rachel has finally 'popped'!

Last night at 9pm she gave birth to daughter 'AMELIE MEGAN HAYNES'. Both mum and 8lb 11oz Amelie are doing well. We're sure she will be bring her in to visit us all soon!

Monday, 29 June 2009

Wiltshire Grades & Levels report

Esprit's young artistic gymnasts had a brilliant weekend at the Wiltshire Grades and Levels competition. Gymnasts and coaches were a real credit to the club putting together routines that bought out fantastic performances from everyone.

From youngest 6 year old in their first ever 4-piece competition to the more experienced 12 year olds, everyone played their part and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, despite competing in extremely hot, humid conditions. All the Esprit gymnasts were a credit to themselves, their supportive parents and the club, well done all of you.

Wiltshire Grade 4 for 6 years saw Zoe Hewlett take an impressive Bronze medal.

In the 7 year age group Ellie Amor took a brilliant Silver medal home and was followed by team mates Lauren Twine with Bronze; Grace Johnson in 4th; Chloe Bell 5th & Kira Mertha 6th

This was followed in the 8 year category by
Megan Attwood who impressed the judges and was justly rewarded by first place and the Gold medal for her efforts. With Jessica Hembrough in 7th, Carlissa Daniels 10th and Lara Hill 11th.

In the Levels category, Esprit gymnasts were equally impressive...

At Level 5 for 11 year old's, Krystal Styles produced a stunning performance on all pieces to not only take Gold she became overall Level 5 Champion, covering all age groups from 10 years to those 14 and over. Team-mate Rhianna Bryon was herself a well deserved Silver medal winner behind Krystal.

To make a special day even better Kaya Gould then took the Gold medal in the Level 4 out of age competition and matched Krystal's impressive achievement by becoming Level 4 overall champion.

Brilliant, day, brilliant gymnasts - well done to you all!

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Rhythmic review

It's been a busy year for the Rhythmic girls, so busy in fact there has been little time to let everyone know what's been going on. That's why we thought we would review the the first half of the year, for the competition squads.

January - was trials for the Great Britain Squad and yet again Esprit featured high in the selections. Gabriela Caruso was selected for the World Class Start squad, Gemma Rand made the Junior squad, with Laura Halford retaining her place and moving up to Junior along side her. Jade Faulkner moved up from Junior to take her place as a senior.

Laura then went on to retain her place in the Welsh National squad as well as the British.

Straight after selection Jade heard the news she had been selected to represent Great Britain at the Australian Youth Olympics. Jade qualified for the all round finals on day 2, achieved a team Bronze for GB and 10th in the individuals. A brilliant performance, well done Jade.

Next up was Head coach Deb Hows, who qualified as an International Judge and is now what they call a 'Brevet', meaning she can judge at International competitions like the Olympics!

In March, Laura Halford flew to New York to compete for Wales and again turned in some stunning results. 4th in Rope, 2nd in Hoop & Ball, 3rd in Clubs and a very impressive
3rd overall.

April saw Jade off on her travels again, this time she was selected as part of the GB team competing at the Portamao World Cup in Portugal. She was joined by Gemma Rand and Hannah Curtis, who were selected to compete as part of the Junior Ribbon Group.

In May, Jade was selected to represent GB at the World Cup (Category 'A') in Corbiel France and she followed this up with selection to Great Britain's senior team and flew to Baku in Azerbaijan for the Senior European Championships.

Back home Laura Halford, Hannah Curtis, Gabriela Caruso and Maya Lucas, all qualified for the British Championships, along with Jade and Gemma, who had already qualified.

Tayshan Dowe, April Coombs & Ellie Morse all qualified for the Grades Finals.

June was the Welsh Novice competition and Esprit had lots of entries and many successes.

Under 10 Hoop saw Cassy Harding come out on top in first place with Jess Steele 2nd and Katy Coleman 4th. Cassy Harding won Silver in Under 10 Free and Elizabeth Walecki Gold in the under 12 section. Lauren Hoard was 4th in Under 12 Ball.

Clarice Saloyedoff and Ellouise Read led the Juniors with Clarice 4th in Hoop and Ellouise 2nd in Clubs.

Seniors Ellise Gilbert and Rowan Gregg finished the impressive results with Ellise gaining 2 Golds to Rowans 2 Silvers in Rope & Ribbon.

In the Welsh Intermediate section Ellie Morse returned home with yet more medals, a Silver for her Rope and Bronze for Ball. A great competition and impressive displays from all those who took part.

June saw Laura Halford and Gemma Rand representing Esprit at an International in Poland. The girls performed exceptionally, in a very high level field, with Laura's 4th and Gemma's 17th showing their potential.

Well that's it, so far, the British Championships are this weekend 27 & 28 June, so good luck to the girls taking part, you are sure to give a great account of yourselves, everyone is very proud of you.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Were live on BG TV!

A short documentary about Esprit has been released by British Gymnastics TV station BGTV.

The 8 minute expose about what makes the club so successful, is live directly through British Gymnastics website, or you can go straight to it by clicking here.

Please let us and British Gymnastics know what you think.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009


We need more followers!

So we can let everyone in the club know about news and events at Esprit, we need to get more people following this blog.

You can get to it through the clubs website, so please let everyone know this Blog is up and running, then everyone will know what's happening as soon as it happens!

All they have to do is go to the website and click on the 'Esprit News' button.


Don't forget the 5 July, it's the annual club competition.

Esprit's Club Competition is open to every child currently attending gymnastics lessons and is a fantastic opportunity for the children to demonstrate all that they have learnt to family and friends.

In order for us to be able to produce a programme for the day, please could you complete the slip every gymnast has been given and return it with the entry fee of £5.00 to the office by Sunday 21 June. Please note that entries made after this date can't be accepted.

There will be a barbecue serving breakfast roles from 8:30am and barbecue food from 12:00, as well as the usual refreshments on sale.

Entry to family and friends is free of charge, but make sure to register your camera/mobile phone on the door!

It's sure to be a great day, see you there.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Good Luck!

It's competition time this weekend with the Esprit jet set!

Good luck to our Artistic gymnasts:
Lily, Georgia, Krystal, Rhianna, Chloe, Kaya, Erin, Courtney and Kirsty
in the West Country League in Plymouth on Sunday and to coach Katy and judges Hannah and Scarlett.

And to Rhythmic gymnasts Gemma and Laura who are off to Poland today, along with coaches Deb and Cherie!

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Esprit on TV!

Esprit has been selected by British Gymnastics to appear on the sports governing body's own web based TV channel, BG-TV .

Friday 29 May saw the film crew arrive and spend the day filming lessons, talking to coaches and gymnasts about the club and what makes it such a success.

A fun day was had by all and the result can soon be seen by clicking on the BG-TV link on the British Gymnastics website.

A release date hasn't been announced yet, but watch this space, we will be sure to announce it as soon as we go live and are seen by people all over the WORLD!

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Esprit girls distinction gives them a first!

Sunday 7th June saw some of Esprit's young Artistic gymnasts excel at the Wiltshire Grades competition, held at Melksham's Wiltshire School.

Congratulations must go to
young Alice Baker competing in
Grade 3 for 8 year old's who achieved a brilliant 1st place with a distinction.

In the grade 3 for 9 year old's
, Emily Cooper repeated Alice's achievement with her own fantastic 1st place, again receiving a distinction at this grade.

Brilliant performances which justified the distinctions they received, well done girls!

Monday, 8 June 2009

Esprit gets a new home!

Esprit has done a deal with Swindon Borough Council to turn Headlands School into an international standard gymnastics training academy to rival the best in the country.

The new gym, to be based at Headlands School,
which is relocating to the new Academy later this year, will be a dedicated gymnastics centre and venue for other local clubs to hire. Under a separate agreement, we will manage the existing sports fields which will continue being used for junior football.

These are exciting times for the sport of gymnastics and Swindon, since we started Esprit, only a few years ago we have been impressed by the ability of the youngsters that come to
lessons. It is right and proper that they have a dedicated training centre to improve their skills.

When we move in December later this year, we would like to see the whole site used by the community at large and whilst the clubs focus will be gymnastics, there will be many opportunities for other community groups, clubs and organisations to access the rooms available. It is also likely the centre will remain important for local junior football teams.

As for the future we have already agreed provisional plans to extend the main sports hall, to create more training space and spectator gallery, as well as a junior football pitch on the site of the old school buildings.

This new super centre will focus on all the major gymnastic disciplines including Artistic, Rhythmic, Trampoline, DMT, Sports Acro and Display and will host visiting gymnasts from across the world. There is also a good chance the centre, one of only a handful across the UK, will be used as a pre Olympic training camp for 2012.

Most importantly however it will enable Swindon’s children to fulfill their potential as athletes and do so in the appropriate environment.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Esprit News goes live!!!


There's been a lot going on at Esprit lately, what with trying to secure a permanent home for Esprit, (more news to come soon). By starting this Blog we are able to ensure we can give you up to the minute news on the club and its gymnasts, it has also meant we can keep our website as an information site, for people who want to learn more about the club.

This Blog will be updated regularly and contain competition news, events, fund raising info, pictures, movies and anything of interest that happens to or at Esprit. So click the 'follow us' button and get regular updates on Swindon's top gym club.

If you have news that you think we would be interested in, pictures or movies from Esprit events, Gymnaestradas etc. Let us know and we'll make sure they are added.

Most important, tell everyone you know to follow the Esprit Blog, its where you'll find all the up to the minute news on our move to our new home!

We'll start adding news from Monday 8 June 2009.