Friday, 31 July 2009

Jade's on top of the World!

Esprit's British team member Jade Faulkner has this week heard the fabulous news she has been selected as part of the Great Britain team for the World Championships, to be held in Mie Japan on 7 September.

British Gymnastics today released this statement:

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With 40 days until the 29th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Mie (JPN) and team GBR having completed their final control ahead of the FIG nominative date, 9th August, we are delighted to confirm the selection of the following gymnasts and officials. Team GBR: Jade Faulkner – Esprit coached by Deb Hows Francesca Fox – City of Bath coached by Sarah Binding Francesca Jones – Nene Valley coached by Vicki Hawkins Nadya Aleksandrova – Coach / Head of Delegation Vicki Hawkins – Brevet Judge Louise Curley – Physio This will be Francesca Jones second World Championships, the first in Patras, (GRE) 2007, and for the rest of the delegation, their first World Championships. The team will depart 2nd September for Japan competing 7th September and depart from Japan 12th September. British Gymnastics wish the delegation a very successful Championships.

It is a brilliant achievement for Jade who has already competed many times for GB as a Junior and won team Bronze at this years Australian Youth Olympic games. This, her first major International as a Senior gymnast, is well deserved and proof of her hard work and dedication to the sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Well done Jade from all your friends at Esprit.

Friday, 24 July 2009

More Champions for Esprit!

Congratulations to the coaches and Esprit gymnasts who competed at the British Trampoline Championships last weekend.

The Esprit girls, competing under the Evolution banner, for squad coach Sarah Hunt, performed exceptionally well and special congratulations must go her and Georgia Clements who is now National C Under 15 Champion on Double Mini Tramp, well done Georgia, everyone knew you had the potential to excel at trampoline.

Erin Milroy was a brilliant 8th overall in the under 15 category and very special mentions must go to Nikki Allen, Sarah's mum, who coached Evolutions Katie Tamin to a fabulous Gold medal and the title of British GMPD champion! Well done both of you.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

British Championships results

It was another fantastic weekend for Esprit's elite rhythmic gymnasts who were at Fenton Manor, Stoke on Trent, for the British Championships.

Bought forward to the last weekend in June, from the normal November, there was added pressure on all the gymnasts this year, as they had 6 months less preparation and to make things even harder, several of Esprit's gymnasts were moving up in age.

This didn't stop the girls turning in some exceptional performances along with some unexpected results.

Under 11's saw young Gabriela Caruso confirm herself as a bright prospect with a third consecutive year in the medals. Bronze in the all-around competition, followed up by two incredible Silvers (rope & ball) on day two, the apparatus championships.

At under 12, Maya Lucas was a creditable 5th, which helped her qualify for day two and her own fantastic bronze in the ball competition.

The Junior section saw one of the largest ever entry lists, with 25 of the country's top gymnasts competing for honours. Esprit's Gemma Rand and Hannah Curtis equipped themselves extremely well, in a strong field, with 16th & 13th respectively.

It was then the turn of 3 times British Champion Laura Halford who returned some unexpected and astonishing results. Moving up from the under 12 section, straight into her first ever Junior Championships and competing against some older and exceptional young gymnasts, Laura exceed all expectations by securing a hat full of medals to add to her growing collection.

Competing against the large field of experienced Junior's, Laura confirmed her position as one of the country's most exciting prospects by claiming Bronze in the overall competition. She then went in to day two and won another three Bronze's (rope, clubs & ball) and a 4th (hoop) to cap an exceptional weekend.

It was then the turn of the Senior's and Jade Faulkner, competing at the highest level for the first time. Her International experience showed, with four solid routines that ensured she claimed her first Senior overall Bronze medal.

Day two again proved why she has recently been a regular in the British team, as she went on to claim two more Bronze medals (rope & hoop) and impressive 4th placings in Ribbon and Ball.

A great weekend, impressive organisation, excellent comparing by Jon Hewlett (parent of Esprit Gymnasts) and most of all exceptional performances by every single Esprit gymnast. Brilliant girls, you are a credit to yourselves and your club, we are all extremely proud of you all.