Flanders International Team Challenge

header This weekend saw British junior and senior teams travel to Ghent in Belgium  for the International Team Challenge. To be more accurate, the weekend started with team GB trying to travel to Belgium for the International Team Challenge, a long delay, turned into a cancelled flight meaning a very late arrival for the girls.

The junior team was made up of mostly first year juniors with the exception of Georgia-Mae Fenton

Maisie Methuen – Phoenix Gymnastics (1st year junior)

Georgia Mae Fenton – East London (2nd year Junior)

Alice Kinsella – Park Wrekin (1st year junior)

Lucy Stanhope – Liverpool (1st year junior)

Latalia Bevan – St Tydfils Gymnastics (1st year junior)

Catherine Lyons and Phoebe Turner were  listed on the nominative register, but did not compete. Catherine’s coach Rochelle mentioned on twitter that Catherine felt some pain in her foot after floor at the EYOF trial in Ipswitch last weekend, so not competing was a precautionary measure. A wise decision as a healthy Catherine it is safe to say would be the first name on the EYOF team list.

The girls finished in third place in the team event behind Germany and France. Lucy finished highest among the British girls here, coming in 8th over all. 4th place on beam was a good result, but she has been scoring a lot higher in recent competition showing that there were errors today, and there is a lot more to come from  this very talented gymnast.

Maisie finished in tenth place overall, with 5th place on beam where she is particularly strong. Bars and Floor from the scores didn’t quite go her way here, and even beam was considerably lower than she is capable of, so plenty of room for her scores to go up.

Alice finished in joint 13th place AA, steady scoring across the board, then errors on floor dropped her AA score by over a whole mark from what she is capable of.

Latalia Bevan who wasn’t originally rostered, finished in joint 13th place overall with Alice and did well on floor finishing 7th.

Georgia was 15th overall with not her best competition, as her AA total was well down on her total just a few weeks ago in France. Beam and bars where she is strongest were where she lost ground today, but 5th place of floor was a good result.

So no one had an exceptional day, and the scores reflect that. The real positives to be taken here are how much room for improvement there is in AA totals from this young team, and that many of then have had a heavy competition schedule recently with competitions going on since the English and British as trials for EYOF. The trials are now over, and the team will shortly be announced.

The senior competition gave girls who hadn’t competed at the recent European championships a chance to get out there into international competition. The team consisted of the following gymnasts:

Kelly Simm – Dynamo

Georgina Hockenhull – Park Wrekin

Angel Romaeo – Cardiff Central

Charlie Fellows – Liverpool

Raer Theaker – Cardiff Central

The girls finished in 5th place in the qualifying team competition behind very strong Brazilian and  German teams, as well as France and Belgium.

Charlie and Angel finished in joint 16th place, from the scores both girls had a steady day of competition, perhaps with small errors here and there, but it doesn’t look like there were any major issues.

Georgina finished in 18th place, great to see her back competing all four pieces having only competed on beam at the British championships.

Raer finished in 27th place, looks like a mixed day with trouble on beam and floor, but a great 6th highest score on vault.

Kelly only registered three scores qualifying, missing out on one of her strongest apparatus, vault.  Unfortunately Kelly had issues in the first part of the vault missing the board and having to count a zero score, a huge shame as she was only 14.4 away from first place which with a very strong vault would have been achievable.Even with a usual 14.2 scoring vault which is standard for Kelly, she would have placed second AA. Second place was the reward on bars, one of the pieces Kelly has worked incredibly hard to improve on, and third place on one of her strongest pieces floor.

On Sunday, the teams combined for the team final, the girls again had a mixed day, with some routines coming off well, and others bringing a few problems. In all it wasn’t the best competition for the British team, but both positives and lessons learned to be taken away for everyone. For the juniors it’s onto EYOF for those that are chosen, and for Kelly Simm, Georgina Hockenhull and Charlie Fellows it’s off to Baku for the European Games.  Good luck girls!For everyone else it’s back to the gym, and we look forward to seeing them next time.

All scores and results can be found here:http://www.fitchallenge2015.com/results/

Videos will be added should they appear, there are none as yet of the British girls, but they are still be uploaded so do check back.

Vids added here as they come up:

Maisie Floor TF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ir01skDHgU

Kelly Floor TF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-RBxcoka40

Kelly Bars TF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L33fo40WKc

Kelly Vault TF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ8CUD0pGpo

Raer Beam QF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaNqfnbIKto

Kelly Bars QF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8hwNYMciHc

Lucy  Beam TF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKdzjU-H1PE

Charlie Floor TF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbcfva0Vswc

Charlie Vault QF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHaVC9IfOig

Charile Bars QF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39ACtaZJvlg

Georgie Beam  QF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nNdpmxb3Vg