Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Pics from the World's

As promised here are a few pics from the World Championships at the O2 arena

It doesn't look that big from the outside, does it?

Hope more people than this are going to be inside?

What a venue and what a great view we had next to the press box.

Can you believe it, Esprit 'jammy' coach Hannah Wickens got her picture taken with Olympic Champion Nastia Liukin!

That's just some of us, when we weren't cheering and waving the flags, everyone deserves a rest sometime and we were louder than the other 13,000 people put together, I've only just got my hearing back!

Will you get out of the way, i can't see!!!

Friday, 23 October 2009

We're in the money!

Congratulations to the hard working members of Esprit's fund raising committee, Friends of Esprit. They have, only this week, been awarded £5,000 from The Community Foundation for Wiltshire & Swindon, to go towards coaching exams and help with some of the cost of getting groups of our gymnasts to events at home and abroad.

These volunteers work tirelessly towards helping Esprit remain at the top, by raising funds and helping organise and run some of the clubs events.

In this country, the cost of running sport for the benefit of all our children, is very expensive and without the help and support of Friends of Esprit, it is unlikely a club like ours would be able to flourish as it has.

Everyone involved should be congratulated for all their effort and hard work, the £5,000 they have raised will be put to good use improving the abilities of our coaches and ensuring many of our gymnasts get the opportunity to travel to events and displays.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Esprit celebrates ‘Champion’ Weekend!

Esprit has really proved its credentials over the last year, with gymnasts representing club and country in major competitions at home and abroad.

The secret of the clubs success is the opportunities provided to the clubs gymnasts and that is really what makes the club unique.

Esprit also ensures the young gymnasts are directed to the specific gymnastic discipline that best suits them as an individual, be it Artistic, Rhythmic or Trampoline.

This approach to the sport has yet again proven to be the secret of the clubs success, with a weekend of fabulous results for 46 of the the clubs members, from across the gymnastic disciplines.

First up were the Artistic gymnasts, at the Wiltshire Floor & Vault competition. 17 gymnasts between 8 and 13 took part in the event in Melksham and all proved their potential in this dynamic sport.

There were many notable performances from the clubs gymnasts and several medal winning performances from Lucy Hudson - Bronze; Georgia Bailey - Bronze; Lily Weaver - Silver and Krystal Styles - Silver.

The full list of Esprit Gymnasts who all excelled in their respective age groups were:

Category A 7 and 8 years
3rd Lucy Hudson, 6th Lillie Postlewhite. Plus Megan Attwood, Lara Hill, Millie Flint, Jessica McCabe, Hannah Woodward, Erin Robinson, Mair Thomas.

Category A 9 and 10 years. Category B 7 to 10 years
3rd Georgia Bailey, 4th Alice Baker. Plus Eden Nicol.

Category C 11-13 years
2nd Lily Weaver. Plus Rhiann Lacey.

Category D 11-13 years
2nd Krystal Styles, 5th Corey Ford. Plus Chloe Willis.

Next up were the Esprit Trampoline gymnasts, competing for partner club Evolution in a National grading competition, Kristen Hawkins, Alanna Buck, Anna Bradshaw and Courtney Hows all passed their respective grades with Alanna Buck taking a very impressive Gold in the over 17 grade G section and Forest Fry a brilliant Bronze in under 15 G section.

There were also exceptional performances from Erin Milroy, Hannah Wickens, Victoria Milroy, Rhianna Bryon, Leah Hoard, Abbie Hawkins and Taylor Lynch.

Finally the clubs Rhythmic girls made the trip to Bath for the annual Bath Open and once again delivered the goods with some outstanding performances.

In the under 10 rope group - Cassy Harding, Jessica Steele, Katy Coleman & Katie Matfin started off with a magnificent Gold, they were followed by the under 12 hoop trio of Alicia Veveris, Elizabeth Walecki & Lauren Hoard, who came away with a great bronze.

In the under 12 hoop group - Tayshan Dowe, Alyssa Weymouth, Fleur Rodway & Ellie Morse won their own Bronze with the under 12 hoop group - Kathryn Baker, Rebecca Green, Ashleigh West & Charlotte Leighfield 4th.

The girls then finished off an exceptional weekend for the club with a magnificent Gold from Laura Halford & Hannah Curtis in the junior ball duet.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Esprit go to the Worlds!

We were there, were you?

A coachload of Esprit coaches, gymnasts and parents travelled to London on Friday 16 October for the Women's Artistic
all-around finals. And what a day, despite the 4 hour coach trip to get to the O2 Dome (take my advice if you go there for the Olympics, take the train), the day was incredible.

The organisation at the O2 was brilliant and the food hideously expensive. But despite everything we had brilliant seats right near the front, Jon Hewlett provide everything Union Jack, flags, hats, banners etc. and as a result we were easily the loudest and best turned out group there, with everyone getting into the spirit of the event.

You can see our group if you look carefully when the girls are on beam, look for the Union Jacks!

It's a shame our GB girls couldn't quite make the grade this time around in the overall championship, but great credit must go to Danielle Keating Silver in the mens all-around and of course Superstar Beth Tweddle with yet another World Championship gold medal, this time on floor. Incredible performances from two great gymnasts.

Lots more pictures will be posted shortly, including one from jammy coach Hannah Wickens who managed to get her picture taken with Olympic Champion Nastia Liukin.

If you missed all the action from the O2 you can see all the highlights on 'You Tube' or for the next week on the BBCi Player.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Ellie wins at the Grades

Esprit has a knack of spotting youngsters with the ability to make the grade and it looks like Deb’s done it again, in the shape of Ellie Morse.

Ellie (10, nearly 11, happy bday Ellie) qualified recently for the National Grades finals held at the University of Bath and competed in the Grade 6 category for her age group.

An accomplished performance in all her apparatus ensured she won the overall Gold medal with a fabulous score of 30.741, ensuring she was also one of only a very small handful of gymnasts to average over 15 on each piece of apparatus.

As a result of her consistency Ellie’s trip to the podium to collect her Championship winning medal, wasn’t her only one, she was called up twice more, to the delight of her enthusiastic supporters, to receive both Apparatus Gold’s, one for Rope 15.233, the other for Ball 15.508.

Well done Ellie – National Grades Champion!!!!!!

Monday, 5 October 2009

Jade set to wow London Fashion show!

Fresh off the plane from the World Championships in Japan and a trip to Wales for the Welsh National Championships, our own Jade Faulkner is set to wow the fashion world, all in the name of charity.

Jade and her Great Britain team mates are off to the BREAST CANCER CARE - FASHION SHOW 2009 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Wednesday. The girls have been asked to open this prestigious and worthwhile event by showing off their Rhythmic Gymnastic skills to the guests.

It's an great honour for the gymnasts, recognises their contribution to the sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics, helps raise awareness of this important charity, gives the guests an insight to this amazing sport and Jade and her team mates a well deserved day in London at a high profile fashion extravaganza - a girls dream day out!

Have great day Jade, you deserve it!

Esprit's Welsh Wonders

It was yet another successful weekend for Esprit's Rhythmic girls recently, at the Welsh Championships and Open competition. The Welsh Championship is for Welsh only gymnasts whilst the Open is for all-comers and with the standard improving every year the competition gets harder. Therefore Esprit's gymnasts are always working hard to improve and stay at the top of this incredible sport.

In the Welsh Championships, Laura Halford moved up to the incredibly competitive Junior section for the first time and whilst she narrowly missed out on her 4th overall championship title in a row, she did win Gold in Rope & Ball and Silver in Hoop & Clubs, a very impressive result.

Hannah Curtis in the Open Junior section produced very creditable results with 8th overall in Rope & Hoop, 5th with her clubs and just out of the medals with a brilliant 4th in Ball.

Gemma Rand, showed wonderful consistency with 4th place, just outside the medals, in Rope, Hoop & Clubs and 5th in ball.

In the younger age groups, Cassy Harding was - 1st free & 4th hoop, with Katy Coleman - 3rd in free and 6th with her hoop.

Jess Steele was 5th in both free and hoop, whilst Gabriela Caruso performed well with a 1st in ball and 2nd in rope. Ellie Morse narrowly missed out on a medal, but again proved her consistency, with a 4th in both rope and ball.

Jade Faulkner celebrated her return from the World Championships with a Gold in rope and three Silvers in ball, hoop and ribbon.

In the team competition Laura, Gabriela and Cassy won an impressive Silver in their age group, whilst Jade, Ellie and Katy won Bronze in theirs.

Another great weekend at a well organised championship, well done girls, you were yet again a credit to your club.

Jade helps Britain to impressive World Champs result

Well done to Jade in Japan, she helped team GB to a very impressive 23rd in the World Championships! Jades highlight apart from the brilliant experience - SHE LOVES THE SUSHI!!!