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News Throughout 2012

Kindergym Christmas Tea Party

What a great time! The gym was set up for fun and games and that is exactly what happened. After an hour of fun in the gym and a game of pass the parcel, followed by a party tea up stairs all were either very tired, or excited for more!

Missed out this time? Their shall be a next time......

Many Thanks to all those that helped make the day a success......

Floor & Vault at Horsham Invitational
Members of the F&V Squad took part at the Horsham Invitational Competition Sunday 9th of December. With clean routines Pegasus competitors achieved the following results:

Intermediate Level 12-14
Ruby Chandler: 1st place -14.400 and 1st place on Floor

Intermediate Level 10-11
Carl Cox: 1st place-15.100 and 1st place on Vault
Amelia Tsang: 2nd place-15.000
Rebecca Westby: 5th place-14.500

Intermediate Level 8-9
Lauren Martin: 1st place-15.000 and 1st place on Vault
Jessica Overy: 5th place-14.200
Ellie Blackborrow: 5th place-14.200
Rosy Wright: 6th place-13.900

Bronze Level 8-9
Grace Pitman: 1st place-15.450 and 1st place on Floor and Vault

Bronze Level 10-11
Andy Clough: 1st place-15.950 and 1st place on Floor
Aisling Day: 2nd place-15.700 and 1st place on Vault
Jodie Cain: 3rd place-15.450
Maisie Jones: 4th place-15.100

Bronze Level 12-14
Jemmima Gauntlett: 2nd place-15.800
Thomas Medcraft: 3rd place-15.600
Rebecca Stone: 4th place-15.400

Bronze Level 15+
Emily Nurden: 1st place-15.600 and 1st place on Floor and Vault

Silver Level 15+
Abigail Clarke: 1st place-15.600 and 1st place on Floor and Vault
Annie Savage: 2nd place-14.800

Silver Level 12-14
Ben Quinney: 1st place-16.800 and 1st place on Vault
Gareth Thomas: 2nd place-16.300 and 1st place on Floor
Hannah Wallace: 3rd place-15.900
Scarlett Wright: 4th place-15.800

Gold Level 12-14
Tanya Claringbold: 1st place-16.600 and 1st place on Floor and Vault

Gold Level 15+
Bethan Cooper: 1st place-15.500 and 1st place on Floor and Vault

Youth Olympic Team Announced

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced the 120 athletes officially selected to compete for Team GB at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) in Sydney from 16-20 January 2013.

The AYOF will see approximately 1,700 athletes aged 13-19 from 30 nations competing across 17 Olympic sports in many of the venues used to host the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

2013 AYOF Gymnasts representing Team GB for Men’s Artistic are

Courtney Tulloch - 2012 Junior European rings and team champion

James Hall- 2012 British Junior 5th all-around

Dominick Cunningham - 2012 British junior all-around silver medallist

Nile Wilson - 2012 Junior European all-around silver and team gold medallist

Ionut shall also be travelling with the boys as part of the GB team!

Courtney Crowned Winner at Sports Aid Award Ball

Courtney has beaten more than 1,700 other athletes to win a prestigious sports award presented to him by London 2012 medallists Kristian Thomas, Max Whitlock and Sam Oldham

After receiving the SportsAid’s One-to-Watch Award at the charity’s annual SportsBall(TM) in London Courtney Tulloch said, “I am absolutely delighted to win this award. It was amazing to have been nominated amongst so many talented athletes from different sports. To be actually selected as the winner is a great feeling. To know that my achievements have been recognised and that people think I am one to watch for the future will only help me train harder to reach my full potential.”

Congratulations to Courtney, Ionut and all those involved

Click the Sports Aid icon to the left to view the short interview shown at the event

Courtney Tulloch short Listed in Top 3 For Sports Aid Award

The athletes were nominated to SportsAid by their sports’ governing bodies for their commitment, performances and potential. The judges included BBC sports commentator Paul Dickenson, Sport England’s head of talent development Simon Wergen, UK Sport’s performance advisor John Wood, BBC sports correspondent Matt Slater, and Olympic rower Sarah Winckless who was also supported by SportsAid as a junior.

Courtney Tulloch won two gold medals at the junior European gymnastics championships this year and after learning he had been shortlisted for the award said:

“I am delighted to have been nominated for this award. This has been a great year for me. I went to my first European championships as a junior and came away with two gold medals. I am looking forward to hopefully being selected to compete for Team GB in Australia at the Youth Olympics in January 2013 and my ultimate goal is to compete at the senior world championships and Olympics. To have the support from SportsAid and British Gymnastics has meant that I have been able to fully concentrate on my training while having the opportunity to compete for Great Britain and achieve amazing results. I am very grateful to everyone especially my personal coach Ionut Trandaburu at Pegasus Gymnastics Club and head coach Barrie Collie.”

Tim Peake from British Gymnastics added, “Courtney is a brilliant gymnast – a real powerhouse on the rings. When he won gold at the European championships it was our first medal for more than 20 years. His results show he’s already up there with the senior men so he’s very much on track for [the Olympics in] 2016.”

Chairman of the judging panel Paul Dickenson said, “The quality of the field made the shortlist a tough choice this year but in the end the commitment and potential in these three shone through. They are all exciting prospects for the future.”

The winner of the One-to-Watch Award will be announced at SportsAid’s annual SportsBallTM in London on November 21, where many stars of London 2012 are coming together to support the next generation.

Regional Novice & Intermediate Floor & Vault Competition

Pegasus were represented by 43 competitors from the Floor & Vault Squad along with the 8+ Advanced classes at the Regional Novice and Intermediate Floor & Vault Championships. Well Done to all our gymnasts that took part especially to those that have competed for the first time.

Girls Compete at Kent Championships

The Pegasus Women’s Artistic Squad were in action again at Mote Park Leisure Centre, Maidstone.

The girls had excellent preparation before the competition and looked set to take a number of titles at the competition. Unfortunately the club was struck by a very contagious stomach bug just two days before the competition leading to 90% of the gymnasts becoming ill the day before. The coaches were concerned about the fate of their gymnasts however, in true Pegasus style, the girls and their coaches overcame the odds and bravely attended the competition despite being weak and still unwell from the bug.

In round one, Poppy West and Joanne Brooker competed in Level 6. This was Poppy’s first ever competition and she did an excellent job to maintain focus throughout and not let the nerves show. Joanne also competed a competition without any major errors. Her bars and beam routine showed vast improvements on recent competitions and she was confident throughout. Joanne Finished 16th and poppy finished 18th.

Next was the turn of Jessica Meadway, competing in Modified level 4. She arrived looking extremely peaky but courageously gave her best in all routines to finish an excellent 2nd place, just 0.05 behind the winner. Jessica showed some real style and professionalism in the way she went about her routines and thoroughly deserved the silver medal that she won.

In the level 5 section, Amanda Cook and Millie Edwards competed on the four pieces. Amanda had been sick however arrived at the competition with determination in her eyes. Despite there being a huge distraction mid-competition with the fire alarm going off- the girls showed maturity to maintain focus. Both Amanda and Millie competed with confidence and style. Amanda took the gold medal, becoming Kent champion with ease and Millie came a very credible 8th showing vast improvement on the last competitions performance.

For level 4, it was the turn of Emily Pearce. She arrived at the competition looking poorly. Emily fought her way through every routine as she was extremely weak. She managed to compete an excellent bar routine and vault. She competed a smart beam routine to finish 4th all around.

Pegasus had another champion crowned in level 3. Josie Griffiths tumbled and swung her way to take the title comfortably showing some stylish gymnastics and improved floor routine. In the 10year old section, Annabel Agba and Grace Miller competed despite still feeling under the weather and looking extremely pale. Grace took the Bronze medal, showing a lovely floor routine and an improved bar routine. Annabel courageously tried out her new vault despite being ill for the previous two days and competed a clean beam routine to finish 4th.

In the FIG Junior section, Hattie Molloy won the gold medal. She competed cleanly and stylishly throughout the competition to show a brilliant bar routine and a stunning beam routine.

Coaches Charlie Wells and Hayley Olivier were extremely proud of the gymnasts for coming home with such excellent results despite the odds being stacked against them, a testament to how hard the gymnasts work in the gym.

Novice 2005 Jan - Jun

Novice 2005 July - Dec

Emily Lane 7th - 13.950

Josie Billingham 10th - 13.400

Novice 2004 Jan - Jun

Novice 2004 July - Dec

Hana Griffiths 4th - 13.800

Megan Jones 8th - 13.300

Zoe Bobbett 21st - 11.800

Emma Billingham 7th - 13.400

Hannah Wheat 9th - 13.200

Lydia Suithall 8th - 13.300

Natalie Cook 18th - 10.900

Novice 2003 Jan - Jun

Novice 2003 July - Sept

Novice 2003 Oct - Dec

Ellie Robinson 7th - 13.050

Eloise Crouch 8th - 12.650

Eleanor Tsang 15th - 13.500

Skye Bull 8th - 12.800

Valerija Gerbe 10th - 12.600

Charlotte Clack 11th - 12.550

Millie Stone 16th - 11.850

Novice 2002 July - Dec

Novice 2005

Novice 2004

Elaina Mason 5th - 14.000

Jack McClymont 5th - 13.850

Kelechi Ryan 2nd - 14.400

Loisa Briggs 9th - 13.600

Illya Kompanets 8th - 13.450

Tyler Thorne 3rd - 14.100

Emily Rimmer 12th - 12.700

Vitaliy Demyrov 9th - 13.400

Novice 2003

Novice 2002

Novice 2001

Samuel Brooker 3rd - 13.050

Taylor Griffin 2nd - 13.900

Rowan Ellis 2nd - 13.700

Alex Demyrov 5th - 12.750

Novice 2000

Intermediate 2003

Intermediate 2002

Katie Walker 8th - 13.700

Jessica Overy 6th - 15.450

Maisie Jones 2nd - 15.050

Carys Bowen 10th - 13.000

Rosy Wright 9th - 15.200

Amelia Tsang 7th - 14.750

Rebecca Westby 13th - 14.400

Intermediate 2001

Intermediate 2000

Jodie Cain 3rd - 15.800

Ruby Chandler 3rd - 15.050

Eesha Qureshi 4th - 15.600

Aisling Day 8th - 15.300

Successful Day for the Floor & Vault Squad at Kent Teams

Boys and girls from F&V took part in the Kent Teams Championships held at the Maidstone Leisure Centre on Sunday 28th October. Most Pegasus competitors have shown a great improvement by performing with new routines and at higher levels.

Gold Level Individual
Bethan Cooper: 1st 16.250
Maria Clarke: 3rd 16.150
Tanya Claringbold: 5th 15.600

Silver Level Senior Girls Team
Pegasus Team (Abigail Clarke, Hannah Wallace, Annie Savage): 5th 43.550

Bronze Level Senior Girls Team 1
Pegasus Team (Rebecca Stone, Emily Nurden, Rachel Stanley, Scarlett Wright): 1st 47.450

Bronze Level Senior Girls Team 2
Pegasus Team (Jemmima Gauntlett, Andi Clough, Lily Redmond-Motteram): 4th 45.000

Bronze Level Senior Boys Team
Pegasus Team (Harrison Casella, Stefan Noyelle, Ben Quinney, Gareth Thomas): 1st 49.750
This team achieved the Trophy for the highest score at Bronze Level.

Intermediate Level Senior Mixed Team
Pegasus Team (Carl Cox, Eesha Qureshi, Ruby Chandler): 1st 42.650

Intermediate Level Senior Girls Team
Pegasus Team (Jodie Cain, Maisie Jones, Aisling Day, Amelia Tsang): 4th 47.900

Intermediate Level Junior Girls Team 1
Pegasus Team (Lauren Martin, Grace Pitman, Grace Pilcher, Rebecca Westby): 4th 46.350

Intermediate Level Junior Girls Team 2
Pegasus Team (Ellie Blackborrow, Jessica Overy, Rosy Wright): 7th 45.600

Well done to all the competitors for achieving great results.
8 members of the Floor and Vault Squad have achieved the required scores to move up to the higher level

Sponsored Walk Around Mote Park

Congratulations to those that faced the rain and walked with us! With a turn out of 29 children with a large variety of transport....scooters, pushchairs, and of course feet.... travelled around Mote Park. Club members from the Artistic squads, Floor and Vault squads along with even members of our 4/5 years recreational classes and more enjoyed the morning. Dont forget to collect your sponsor money and hand it into the office or post it into the Friends Post Box at the bottom of the stairs. Many Thanks to the Friends of Pegasus for organising this event!

South East Regional Age Groups

The Pegasus Gymnasts excelled at the recent South East competition that was held in Guildford Spectrum on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd October. The gymnasts competed against rivals clubs in Kent, Surrey and Sussex as they aimed for the top spots in the region.

First up on Saturday was Joanne Brooker, aged 7 and competing at level 6. Joanne showed a massive improvement on her performance just 3 weeks previous increasing her final score by 1.20 marks. Her improved score meant that she climbed the rankings in the region to finish 7th out of 23. Joanne showed excellent improvement on the floor where she finished 6th and competed a fantastic vault to finish first on that piece of apparatus.

Jessica Parr and Jessica Meadway competed at Modified level 4 showing very promising work to finish 5th in each of their respective age groups. Jess Parr competed a very clean floor routine and a neat bar routine to finish first and fourth on those apparatus. Two unfortunate falls on beam saw her miss out on the gold medal for the all around. Jess Meadway finished 3rd on Vault and 1st on bars but an unsteady beam routine also meant that Jessica was just outside of the medals.

Early on Sunday morning was the turn of Amanda Cook. Amanda performed an excellent competition, catching the attention of many coaches and officials throughout the morning. She completed a stunning beam routine to score a massive 13.05, comfortably taking the top spot for that apparatus. She also performed a beautiful floor routine and a powerful vault to take the 2nd place on those apparatus. Amanda finished 2nd place overall, taking home the silver medal, rising in the ranks within the South East against a strong field.

Annabel Agba and Emily Pearce competed in the Level 4 out of age category. Both girls had an excellent competition and stood out within their competition impressing many on the day. Annabel took the Gold medal home and Emily took the Silver medal comfortably. Annabel also won the trophy for the highest out of age score in level 4. Annabel impressively took the top spot on 3 out of the four apparatus (Vault, Bars and Floor) and the 3rd place on beam. Her Power on vault, Style on Bars and Improvements in artistry on floor lead her to gain the top place overall. Emily Pearce, who has be steadily improving throughout the year was delighted to come home with the silver medal, a credit to her hard work and commitment in the gym. She took the 2nd place on Vault and Bars. Emily was pleased to finish 1st on Beam and 3rd on Floor.

In the level 3 Out of age section, Josie Griffiths took the bronze medal overall. Josie also took second place on bars and beam. Her improvements on beam really shone at this competition and impressing both herself and her coach!

The last person to compete at the weekend late on Sunday afternoon was Hattie Molloy. She competed in the FIG junior section. Hattie bravely fought through the competition with an ankle injury to finish 3rd. A week of interrupted training due to the injury meant she had to work hard for her routines. She finished second on vault, bars and beam.

Girls Compete at Alpha Factor UK

After a long 3 ½ hours journey down to Melksham, Somerset the Pegasus Gymnasts were ready to compete in one of the biggest club competitions in the country in terms of gymnasts competing.

Annabel Agba, Grace Miller, Emily Pearce, Jessica Parr and Jessica Meadway competed in the Level 4 category (Meadway 12+ section and the other gymnasts in the 10/11 age group). The gymnasts were nervous at the beginning of the competition due to the sheer number of gymnasts competing but they soon showed composure to produce some clean, beautiful routines. Annabel took the bronze medal in a field of 52 competitors. She performed a clean competition building on the confidence gained and showing steady improvement on all pieces. Grace came 8th, Emily came 14th and Jess Parr came 26th respectively. Jessica Meadway finished a very credible 12th out of another large field of 36. Emily Pearce was also granted a special award by the Judges for an exceptionally performed handspring vault, a great achievement to stand out in such a large field. The gymnasts stood out amongst a very busy day for their stunning style and elegance throughout all pieces, representing Pegasus very proudly.

On day 2, it was the turn of Amanda Cook (level 4 age 8), Josie Griffiths and Leia Desseaux (level 3 11/12 years). Amanda cook demonstrated elegance and style that shined throughout the arena but an unfortunate beam routine saw her take 5th Place; a great achievement to break top 6 with 3 mistakes. Next was the turn of Josie and Leia. There was some clean, confident work from Josie on the floor, bars and vault however and unconfident beam saw her finish 16th. Leia showed grace and style in her new floor routine, putting in some new tumbles to finish 28th.

Day 3 was the turn of the older gymnasts, Hattie Molloy and Harriet Day (FIG Junior). Both gymnasts were competing against an exceptionally strong field and did well to hold their nerve. Harriet competed a powerful vault and fought hard in her floor routine to finish 7th. Hattie showed an outstanding beam routine with confidence and flair and a flowing bar routine to finish in 5th Place. The gymnasts are all now preparing for the south east age groups at the end of the month where they hope to build on the performances of previous weeks.

Girls Success at Deal Invitational

The younger gymnasts of Pegasus excelled at the Deal Invitational competition which is a small event entered by Kent Clubs.

Joanne Brooker, the youngest of the girls competing from Pegasus completed her first competition gaining a credible 9th place out of a large field of 23 gymnasts. She competed with a dynamic vault, gaining one of the top scores of the group and showed beautiful grace on her floor choreography.

Next was the turn of 8 year olds Amanda Cook and Millie Rive-Edwards. Millie competed bravely with Tonsillitis to finish in 10th Place. She performed a beautifully improved floor routine and successfully presented a new vault, a great achievement for Millie. Amanda performed with grace and style, beyond her age to come a credible 2nd place, taking the silver medal despite a fall on both Bars and Beam. She gained the top score on vault, one whole mark above every other gymnast and also took the top score on floor, a very promising performance for the future.

Last to compete were Annabel Agba and Emily Pearce both aged 10. The gymnasts showed tremendous improvement in both their routines and confidence at this competition. Annabel took the gold medal and was crowned champion of the out of age gymnasts with Emily taking 4th place narrowly missing out on a medal due to an unfortunate error on Beam. Annabel took the top spot on Vault and Bars also gaining the second highest score on Beam leading to a victory of 2 clear marks. Emily impressed also at this competition with excellent style and precision. She gained the second highest score on Vault, Bars and Floor. This was a credit to her improved training approach and positive preparation in the lead up to this competition.

James and Courtney Test the Olympic Arena

With such a large prestigious event around the corner final tests needed to be made, and who better to have the opportunity other than members of 2016 Olympic squad.

Ionut, James and Courtney were given the chance to attend the O2 Olympic Arena to test the kit. The boys got to warm-up in the warm-up hall followed by a controlled event in the arena. The Navy marched across the floor in the medal ceremony to present the medals: GB Gold, China Silver and taking the Bronze USA. Maybe an omen? With routines performed and timings checked prior to the event a welcomed spot of food tasting next!

Courtney and the Olympic Torch Relay

Wow what an event!

Courtney Tulloch ran with the torch through Leads Castle! He ran from the back entrance near Harrietsham towards Leads Castle Car-park without a drop of rain! Supporters turned out to cheer him on, and Courtney waved as he ran past..... Well sort of! The supporters were running with him!!

The event included planes flying over head, a concert in the gardens and of course lots of press. Courtney was soon snapped up after running, a quick change, and enjoyed a meal in the castle with many important people.

The club, its members, and staff are so proud to have been there, seen it happen and to have been part of it.

Courtney to Run the Olympic Torch

It is now confirmed where........
Courtney will be carrying the torch at 6.30pm on Thursday 19th July at the Leads Castle entrance.

Pegasus Open

Another year, another Pegasus Open!
here for the full report

Successful Day at Dover Floor & Vault Competition

The girls from the floor and Vault squad competed at the Dover Floor and Vault competition on Sunday 24th June. Clean performances again enabled them to bring home some new jewellery.

Gold Level
Maria Clarke – 2nd-15.550

Silver Level - 12 - 14yrs
Tanya Claringbold-3rd-14.600, Hannah Wallace-4th-14.200

Bronze Level - 11+

Andi Clough-2nd-15.300

Bronze Level - 12 - 13yrs

Jemmima Gauntlett - 4th-15.050

Scarlett Wright - 4th-15.050

Lily Redmond-Motteram - 4th-15.050 Charlotte Wellbelove- 8th-14.400

Bronze Level - 14 +

Abigail Clarke-2nd-15.400 Rebecca Stone-1st-15.500

Intermediate Level - 9yrs

Grace Pitman-1st-14.050

Intermediate Level - 9yrs

Grace Pitman-1st-14.050

Intermediate Level - 10yrs

Maisie Jones-1st-13.850

Amelia Tsang-6th-13.250

Novice Level - 9yrs

Ellie Blackborrow-3rd-14.100

Jessica Overy-7th-13.150

Novice Level - 10 yrs

Grace Pilcher-3rd-13.650

Novice Level - 11yrs

Aisling Day-1st-13.900

Jodie Cain-1st-13.900

Novice Level - 12+
Ruby Chandler-1st-14.300

Congratulations to all those that took part

Boys take 6 British Medals

Courtney Tulloch and James Hall both competed at the men’s British in Liverpool. This competition sees the top gymnasts throughout Britain competing including those at Olympic level. James finished in 5th Place having made a few mistakes along the way but ended the competition with a super P.Bar routine and a silver medal along with a high quality High bar routine and a bronze medal. Courtney finished the competition in 3rd place overall. The current European champion on rings also took the gold for the rings along with the bronze on vault with two strong powerful vaults. Courtney also finished in 3rd place just behind James on P.bars.

The following day saw the seniors competition and the Master finals results released. The Master Finals are finals for the top 8 male gymnasts across all ages in Great Britain for each piece of apparatus. Courtney qualified in 4th place for rings finals behind 3 seniors. A change of routine along with added skills and a routine that he hadn’t competed before to increase his start value Courtney competed alongside the seniors that are preparing for the Olympics. A clean routine saw Courtney finish in silver position along with the chance to compete at the 2012 Olympics should he have been old enough!

Congratulations to both boys for their results and their selection into the 2016 Olympic squad.

The Under 12 British age group was next up. Euan Cox, Reece Shephard, and Finlay Lincoln all competed for the first time at this level. All three boys competed with new routines and showed solid and much improved performances.

Euan finished the competition in a very respectable 8th place, competiting a new vault, and an improved style along with following in Courtney Tulloch’s footsteps taking the silver medal for rings. Reece showed a much improved style throughout his floor routine and a clean High Bar routine to finish in 20th position. Team mate Finlay also showed a huge improvement in style and confidence competing well on Parallel Bar’s Rings and Floor. All three boys toped their personal best scores from previous competitions showing an improvement in skill level and increased their rankings within Great Britain.

Jade Gets Married

Congratulations to the new Mrs Brooks-Smith. Jade and Dave vowed to stay together for better for worse, for richer for poorer at Pennyhill Park Hotel on Saturday 2nd June 2012. We wish them all the best for the future and hope that they will have many happy memories together.

Kent Awards Evening

Congratulations to everyone that was nominated for a Kent Award. The Awards Ceremony was held at the Police Headquarters on the Sutton Road, Maidstone. The evening started with a buffet and a glass of champagne, followed by the ceremony in which Pegasus was recognised as club of the year.

Full list of Nominees:

Kate Bonniface, Bethan Cooper, Tanya Claringbold, Maria Clarke, Euan Cox, Finlay Lincoln, Sam Ghinn, Annabel Agba, Leia Desseaux, Amanada Cook, Debbie Shephard, Ben Cooper, Charlie Stow, Ovi Rugina, Ionut Trandaburu, Jennie Trandaburu, Pegasus Gymnastics Club

Charlie Gets Married!

Congratulations to the new Mrs Wells. Charlie and Steve tied the knot in sunny Mexico on the beach 7th May 2012. We hope that they have many happy memories and many more to come....

European Championships

Juniors and seniors from 40 countries in Europe will compete at the European Championships over 5 tough days of competition. Which gymnasts/countries shall be crowned as the new European champions?

Click here to keep fully up to date day by day!

Ionut and Courtney Tulloch have left for France in preparation for the European Championships to be held week beginning 21st May. James Hall also qualified as part of the team as the reserve.

Floor & Vault Success

Members of the floor and Vault squad competed at the Meapa Invitational 12/13th May achieving the following results:

Ellie Blackborrow - 6th (13.700), Jessica Overy - 7th (12.900), Jodie Cain - 4th (14.000), Aisling Day - 1st (14.200), Ruby Chandler - 1st (14.450)

Grace Pitman - 1st (15.900), Rebecca Westby - 5th (14.250), Maisie Jones - 7th (14.600), Amelia Tsang - 11th (13.050)

Abigail Clarke - 2nd (15.500), Ben Quinney - 3rd (14.900), Thomas Medcraft - 6th (14.200), Gareth Thomas - 1st (15.800), Stefan Noyelle - 5th (14.450), Harrison Casella - 2nd (15.300), Scarlett Wright - 4th (15.500), Jemmima Gauntlett - 6th (14.550)

James Secures International Success

Within the same time span as the National Grades Pegasus also achieved Internationally. James Hall represented GB in Germany at the 4 way international. The GB team came back the silver medal just outside of first place and James finish in 5th place.

Courtney Tulloch competed at the UK School Games where the English team took the title a huge 52 marks in front of second place making history!

Men’s National Finals

Members of Pegasus Gymnastics Club’s Men’s Artistic Squad took part in the National Elite Grades. The day started with the youngest competitors of Level 1 where Isaac Frimston took part for his first National Final and achieved the Silver medal with an impressive total of 64.350. The competition continued into the Level 2 category where Samuel Ghinn a member of the National Elite Performance Squad presented impressive routines and finished with a total of 62.500 in 5th position. In Level 3 another member of the National Elite Performance Squad Euan Cox secured 2nd place by achieving a total of 64.350. Finlay Lincoln finished with a total of 59.300 in the 9th position and Reece Shephard in 11th position with a total of 58.900.

Next up were the Club and Regional National Grades. Oliver Wroe competed at Level 2 representing the South East Region in the Team event achieving the Bronze Medal. Joseph McMorrow represented the South East in the individual category at Level 5 finished in 16th place. Euan Cox, Finlay Lincoln and Reece Shephard were part of the Level 3 regional team securing the Silver Medal. The boys have shown an impressive competition with Euan scoring a perfect 10 on Vault and Pommel Horse and Finlay a perfect 10 on Rings. In the last round of the competition the Level 2’s were represented by Samuel Ghinn who scored a perfect 10 on Pommel Horse and helped the Team to achieve the 4th position

Hattie at National Finals

Hattie Molloy represented the South East Region with style and precision at her first ever national final on the 14th April 2012.

Hattie qualified for national finals in March by finishing in the top 4 at the regional qualifiers. She then went forward to represent the region against the other top qualifiers from the other 13 regions in the British Isles at Cocks Moors Leisure Centre in Birmingham. This was Hattie’s first national finals where she competed against 41 other gymnasts from as far as Scotland and Wales.

Hattie was nervous at the start of the competition but soon settled to give 4 clean, steady performances on Floor, Vault, Bars and Beam resulting in her having the top score for the South East team. She competed an amazing, dynamic floor routine with tumbles that flew through the air with ease and landed securely to improve her score by 1 whole mark from her qualifying score. Her Bar routine swung with style to score a massive 12.100 which was extremely impressive to finish 6th on Bars. She then fought well to complete her beam routine without any falls.

Hattie finished a brilliant 10th overall and the team finished in 4th place narrowly missing out on the bronze medal by 0.55 marks. Congratulations!!

Pegasus Takes National Medals

James Hall and Courtney Tulloch participated in the English Championships held in Dartford at the Europa Gymnastics Centre. A highly important national event for the boys as it was one of a few that the boys must compete in as trials for the selection of Great Britain’s team for the European Championships to be help in France in May. Both James and Courtney are strong contenders for the team finishing with great results. Courtney performed new skills and looked confident throughout finishing in 2nd place just shy of the gold by 0.06 in the individual event along with taking the titles on both Vault and Rings. James finished in 4th place overall having performed to expectations and proving to be consistent throughout training and competition along with 2nd on Parallel Bars, and 3rd on both Floor and Pommel. We wish both James and Courtney all the best of luck for their up and coming trials towards a successful GB team.

Pegasus Gymnasts win at Regional Grades

Both the Men’s and Women’s Squads were out in force over the weekend competing to pass their grades.
here to read the full report

Valentine Ball Success

Another successful Valentines Ball was held at the Village Hotel, Maidstone. Organised by Debbie Shephard with the help of the Friends of Pegasus the event raised £1320.39. Over 100 people attended all dressed to impress in smart evening wear and some unrecognisable. A professional photographer took photos of couples and groups on arrival followed by a free arrival drink. The evening kicked off with a 3 course meal, followed by a Michael Buble tribute act, raffle and plenty of entertainment on and off the dance floor. An evening to remember! Will it happen again next year?.. Lets hope so. Keep an eye out for next year’s date and book early to avoid missing out on this fun filled entertaining evening.

Pegasus Names Club of the Year at YSAA

Pegasus enjoyed a successful evening at the annual Maidstone Youth Sport Achievement Awards (YSAA) on Friday. A good turn-out of nominees, parents and friends ensured a lively atmosphere at the Maidstone Leisure Centre, with Pegasus being represented in almost all of the categories.

Guest speaker Hugh Roberston MP, Minister for Sport and the Olympics started the evening off detailing how Maidstone will be celebrating this special Olympic year, including events surrounding the visit of the Olympic Torch to Maidstone on 19th July. The evening's presentations then commenced with Pegasus gymnasts receiving awards at all 3 levels for Sporting Performance: Bronze Level - Jess Meadway, (Bronze), Silver Level - Finlay Lincoln, (Bronze) and Gold Level - Courtney Tulloch (Silver) and James Hall (Gold).

Pegasus then made a clean sweep of the Outstanding Youth Service to Sport awards with Kate Boniface awarded Bronze, Maria Clarke the Silver and Bethan Cooper the Gold Award, a testament to the work put in by the Club and Coaches in developing the coaching and volunteering skills of older members.

The icing on the cake was provided by Pegasus being named Club of the Year, with Euan Cox collecting the award on behalf of the club.

Photos courtesy of DE Photo,

Photos from the night can be viewed and purchased online from De Photo. Follow the link here, and any photo purchases made through this link will earn the club 10% of the value of any sales.

Argentinian Olympic Gymnasts Trains at Pegasus

15-year-old Argentinian gymnast Valeria Pereyra has spent the week training at Pegasus Gymnastics Club in Bearsted near Maidstone this week. Valeria and her 26-year-old Head Coach Daniela Conde were invited following an International Gymnastics Competition in Czech Republic back in October 2011. The Argentinian Women's Olympic Delegation was invited to train at Pegasus Gymnastics prior to Olympic test events in London that will take place in between 10-18th January. Both gymnast and coach have been very pleased to have the opportunity to train at Pegasus and have the benefit of using their Gymnova equipment, the same kind that will be used for both the Olympic test Event and the Olympics this summer.

Full list of Pegasus nominees:

Bronze Award: Joseph McMorrow, Carrie Luxford, Rebecca Stone, Claudia Parr, Millie Rive Edwards, Charlotte Wroe, Jessica Parr, Jessica Meadway, Lola Cooper

Silver Award: Tanya Claringbold, Grace Pitman, Maria Clarke, Bethan Cooper, Annie Savage, Harrison Cassella, Leia Desseaux, Lucy Pallister, Emily Pearce, Annabel Agba, Grace Miller, Amanda Cook, Megan Tomlin, Harriet Day, Josie Griffiths, Euan Cox, Samuel Ghinn, Reece Shepard, Oliver Wroe, Finlay Lincoln, Gareth Thomas

Gold Award: Courtney Tulloch, James Hall

Outstanding Personal Achievement: Lucy Fitzsimons

Training Grant Nominations: James Hall, Courtney Tulloch, Euan Cox, Samuel Ghinn

Youth Service To Sport Under 21: Kate Boniface, Maria Clarke, Bethan Cooper

Over 21 Service To Sport: Ann Hall, Ovidiu Rugina, Jade Brooks, Fiona Sime, Helen Cooper

Leo Jason Trandaburu

Congratulations also to Jennie & Ionut on the birth of their first baby son Leo, who arrived on 3rd January 2012. We wish them all the best.