Pegasus Gymnastics Club
Farleigh Hill
Tovil, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6RG
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Farleigh Hill, Tovil, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6RG
W - www.pegasusgc.org, E - info@pegasusgc.org, T - 01622 688719

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Deal Invitational

Congratulations and thank you to everyone at Deal who helped organise this event which contributes to gymnasts preparation for the Regional event later in the month.

Level 5

Josie Griffiths –Very clean all around performance with no major mistakes. Looked very positive and confident, big improvement - 1st Overall, 2nd Vault, 1st Bar, 1st Beam

Level 4

Charlotte Wroe –Good clean positive performance 1st Overall, 2nd Vault, 3rd Bar, 2nd Beam

Lucy Pallister – Upbeat beat performance, looked classy 2nd Overall, 3rd Vault, 2nd Bar, 1st Floor

Lola Cooper – 4th Overall, 3rd Bar, 3rd Beam, 3rd Floor

Jessica Parr – 3rd Overall, 3rd Bar, 2nd Beam, 2nd Floor

Jess Meadway – 9th Overall, Leia Desseaux – 10th Overall

2010……

Ashford Satelite Display

An audience of approximately 150 family, friends and guests gathered at Norton Knatchbull School on Tuesday 13th July for the second annual display of the combined Pegasus Ashford Gymnastics clubs.

A lively and colourful display based on the theme “Toy Box” enabled every member an opportunity to perform. Gymnasts from the Godinton introduced the the show including with the Teddy Bears Picnic demonstrating Floor and Balance skills. Younger members of Towers and Norton clubs combined forces in cleverly choreographed item complete with Toy Boxes and putting toys away which was much appreciated by parents. The older group from the two satellites introduced vault skills into the arena demonstrating style and competence in the arena. An advanced class was established at the Norton club in September 2009 to cater for more able gymnasts. Their costumed item entitles Clowns clearly demonstrated the progress made, a high level performance which delighted the capacity crowd.


Presentations of Awards and short demonstrations of National level work from Pegasus squad gymnasts interspersed the main items to create a celebration of another excellent year for gymnastics in the Ashford.

Awards 2010

Junior Volunteer awards presented by Leanne Clark - One of the first volunteer helpers at the Norton Knatchbull satellite who is now a qualified coach, who won the Maidstone Borough Under 21 service to sport award for 2008.

Corey Baille-Reece, (Towers satellite) Elizabeth Peacock (Towers satellite) Jessica Meadway (Norton Satellite)

The Progress awards recognise performance gains measured against individual targets were presented by: Ovidiu Rugina, Pegasus Coach who started the first Ashford Satellite.


Highly Commended:Cassidy Goncalves, Emmie Maher, Ashley Fedder, Stella Stewart Daisy Amos,

Winners: Harriet Neary, George Maher, Jasmine Baker

Awards of Merit recognise member’s perseverance, performance, commitment and improvement – presented by Rob Wood whose commitment to gymnastics has been instrumental in providing gymnastics in Ashford.

Jodie Webb, Shannon Marsh, Annabelle Wood, Ciena Carpenter, Leah Edwards- Odam, Georgia Udale


Star Performer Awards

Presented by Lynn Potter, the Regional Development Officer for Gymnastics England the awards recognise attendance, progress, positive attitudes and behaviour.

Highly Commended: Chloe Marsh Lily Miller Zoe Somerville Matthew Murray Mason Bourne

Winners: George Rudzinski, Amy Hayes, Amy Lund, Molly Cooper


The Achievement Awards were presented by the UK School Games champion and Youth Sport Trust Champion Ambassador, Courtney Tulloch.

For their team result 4th position in the County Key Step Final the awards were won by Megan Maher Natasha Newall Holly Burgess Harry Greenfield

Pegasus Open

New records and 2012 preparation sum up another unforgettable event.

New:

Cold lighting installed after a hard fought battle during the refurbishment of the centre; souvenir colour programme, which contained a message from the Minister of Sport, Hugh Robertson MP and interesting articles about the event, gymnasts and officials; www.pegasusopen.co.uk - an event web site which enables coaches, gymnasts, parents and volunteers easy access to information; results on line by the end of each presentation; television coverage on BBC South East, broadcast a number of times over the weekend and following week!

Records:

The Kent School Games key steps final, run in conjunction with the Open involved well over a 1000 gymnasts in 13 school sports partnerships during the qualifying stages; entries reaching numbers that left the organisers unable to accommodate any late entries in the Men’s events and not all those who hoped to participate in the Women’s; 30% more volunteers supporting the four days of gymnastics; de rig which saw the shutters on Continental lorries close a mere 54minutes from the time the final gymnast landed!

2012 Memorandum of Intent

The signing of a memorandum of intent by Slovenian Federation to use Pegasus in Pre-games preparation. The high profile interlude involved: Chair of Kent County Council, Bill Williams; Klemen Bedenik, President of the Slovenian Federation; Chris Hespe, Head of Kent Sport, Leisure and Olympics and Fef Griffin, Director of Pegasus Gymnastics.

KCC Cabinet Member for Communities Mike Hill said: "It is a real honour to have this team coming to Kent.

Sebastian Coe, the chairman of London 2012, said: "This is great news for Kent. The excellent sporting facilities in Maidstone and Kent will help the Slovenian team train and prepare well for the London Games"


The Men’s main event on Saturday was a joy to watch. The depth of male talent in British clubs just gets better and better, gymnasts and coaches inspired by recent European team medals at Junior & Senior level. In the Boys - 9 teams, 66 gymnasts battled for honours with last years winners Pipers Vale & Waveney conceding the title to Notts School, worthy winners and 1.8 ahead. The Intermediate age group saw the Slovenian gymnast Miha Smigoc dominate the overall results to take Gold. Performances in the final round were awesome. With a host of international gymnasts the overall results were in the balance until the last apparatus. In the Youth age group the fight was very much between Thomas Gibbs and Pegasus gymnasts Courtney Tulloch, with three apparatus Golds a piece. Thomas holding on to take the title, to leave the home gymnast in silver medal position and improved James Hall taking the bronze. European visitors took the top Junior spots with Slavomir Michnak from Slovakia in Gold, Primoz Mauric from Slovenia just ahead of Joel Burch (Pegasus). Fantastic, high difficulty routines and clean execution gave Grant Gardiner from Woking a run away victory in the Seniors 5 marks clear of Jake Houtby, Notts with Slovenian gymnast Jernej Domanjko taking the Bronze.


A seamless transition to the Women’s apparatus and a trouble free day of four rounds complete with an early finish. Missing the dominance of Horsham, who were unable to make the even this year there were titles for the taking. Tolworth gymnasts won 1st 3rd in the youngest age group 1st & 2nd in both the next two categories! Crisp, clean technique, positive performances and delightful dance held the key to their success.

Lucy Fitzsimons, Jessica Parr, Lucy Pallister, Lola Cooper who all won medals.

The two older age groups provided equally stunning viewing, with excellent work from Shannon Archer from new comers, West Lothian on Bars and Floor to take the Bronze in the 97/98 behind Emily Bowyer, Colchester in Silver and Ellis O'Reilly of Europa in Gold. The small field at the upper age group was pure quality with Ellen Russell, of Uckfield, in preparation for the Espoire Bar Final in Guildford swinging a magnificent Bar routine for the apparatus Gold with a score of 10.950 and Bronze overall, Georgia Cooper, Cardiff Central, winning Beam Gold and overall silver behind winner of the Floor gold, Olivia Curran from Manx in first place.

National Awards

Gymnastics England special recognition awards for Ionut Trandaburu, Development Coach of the Year, Laura Fowler, Young Volunteer of the Year, Pegasus, Club of the Year, Rob Wood, Individual Education Award. Back row: Paul Hall, Britains Olympic winning Coach, Louis Smith, Olympic Medal Winner, Daniel Keating European Medal winner. Special thanks to Linda Gore, the Official photographer for sending us the picture so quickly.

Jennie & Ionut get Married

Congratulations to Jennie & Ionut! What a fabulous day on Wednesday followed by a real "family" party on Saturday.

Men’s National Finals

Six gymnasts, from Pegasus Gymnastics, won seven golds, when representing the South East Region at the National finals held in Birmingham on 14th and 15th May. Hundreds of boys across the United Kingdom participate in the Regional qualifying events hoping to win team selection to the finals and with only 6 places per age group.

Euan Cox, Finlay Lincoln and Reece Shepard made up 50% of the South East Level 1 team. Clean, consistent, technically accurate the boys barely wavered from perfection to win the team title 8.5 ahead of the normally unassailable Eastern region, the home of Britain’s Olympic & European medal winning clubs Huntingdon and South Essex. A gold medal each might have been enough but delight turned to ecstasy as one by one the Pegasus boys climbed the rostrum to take an individual medal. Euan with a perfect 10.00 on Parallel Bars took the Gold, 1.5 marks clear of Finlay who scraped the silver by a mere 0.05 ahead of Reece also from Pegasus.

At Level 2 the club was represented by Gareth Thomas where despite a valiant fight the South East were edged into 2nd place in the team competition. With other ideas about the favoured colour for his medal Gareth never put a foot wrong scoring an average of 9.5 on each apparatus. He earned it, the top placed individual and another Gold medal for the club.

Steady performances at Level 3 by James Lamb and Joseph McMorrow in a highly talented field were crucial to the South East success adding two more Gold medals to the club’s haul.

Pegasus gymnasts made a clean sweep of the Level 1 individual medals ensuring victory for the South East team! Euan Cox, Finlay Lincoln and Reece Shephard finished at the top of the talented field from all over UK. Gareth Thomas took individual Gold at Level 2 helping the South East to a Silver team position. Not be out done James Lamb and Joseph McMorrow landed a team gold at Level 3.

Euan scored a perfect 10.00 on Parallel Bars and Finlay 9.00 on PPP!

National Grade Finals

Congratulations to Megan Tomlin who travelled to Birmingham as reserve only to find out at registration that she would be competing in the team. Nothing daunted she produced outstanding work particularly on Bars where her top score of the day kept the South East just ahead to take the Gold medal!

London Open

Always a tough competition this years event attracted a larger than average field of quality gymnasts – all hoping to make it through to the next stage of trial events for a place in the European Championships in April. To fulfil trial criteria the under 16 age group was combined with the under 18 to ensure a level playing field for the Junior selection process. So despite only just moving up to the under 16 age Courtney Tulloch and James Hall were faced with a mountain to climb among 64 top flight gymnasts from UK, Bulgaria, Belgium and France. Both boys went clean on Pommel and Rings but an unfortunate error on Vault cost Courtney an expensive penalty. Regrouping quickly - parallel bars proved no problem and on to High Bar. James back on form hit the handstands and made his Tkachev look stylishly simple but Courtney just off his handstands lost out on difficulty. Good work on floor to finish and a wait for results. Both boys in the top quarter with Courtney holding on for 5th place overall, 1st on Rings, 3rd on Pommel and Parallel Bars. More valuable still – an invitation to the next control event in the quest for European Team selection!

Development Open

Run alongside the main event to encourage young boys at the early stages of their career and give older boys an opportunity to compete successfully using less stringent criteria.

Pegasus youngsters demonstrated the quality of work and coaching now regarded typical of the leading Kent club. Level 6 for the older boys saw Adam Deans =3rd overall with a classy pommel routine taking apparatus gold. At Level 3 James Lamb worked steadily on all apparatus to finish with a total score of 54.65 out of a maximum 60 and the overall gold medal. Club mate Joseph McMorrow slipped to 12th after major errors on Rings marred an otherwise clean competition. Gareth Thomas was the club’s sole gymnast at Level 2 but he kept Pegasus in the medals with some excellent work all round to take the Bronze overall. In their first major event the club’s youngest group looked fantastic. Accurate technique, crisp execution and a style beyond their years had others in awe as they took 1st, 3rd and 4th overall and 5 out of 6 apparatus titles! Euan Cox in Gold position also won Gold on Vault, Parallel Bars and High Bar. Reece Shephard in Bronze overall took Gold on Rings with Finlay Lincoln taking the Gold on Pommel and 4th place overall. A prodigious effort by the boys in a field of 54 highly talented young gymnasts.

South East Regional Qualifiers

The regional competition to select teams to represent the South East at National finals in May was held at Tolworth Gymnastic Club, Kingston on Sunday 21st March. Pegasus was well represented across the different levels in an event which saw 100% of the eligible gymnasts selected to Regional teams. A feat unequalled by any other club in Surrey, Sussex or Kent!

Outstanding work at Level 1 saw a wipe out with Pegasus taking all the medals in a high quality field. Euan Cox kept up his winning streak to take Gold, with much improved Finlay Lincoln nudging Reece Shepard into bronze medal position. The boys will travel with Head Coach Ionut Trandaburu to Birmingham in May for their first National event. Competing in the under age Level 1 competition Pegasus gymnasts also did well with Isaac Frimstone winning silver, Samuel Ghinn the bronze and Oliver Wroe marginally behind in 4th place.

At level 2 Gareth Thomas demonstrated style and accuracy to run out the overall winner ahead of talented gymnasts Patrick Smith from Hawth and Rafe Brooks from Brighton & Hove. James’ Lamb competing at Level 3 kept up the run of medals coming in = 2nd, with club mate Joseph McMorrow 5th after an expensive error on High Bar. Adam Deans at Level 6 won a silver medal but has much work to do being some 2.8 marks adrift of the gold medal position.

Selection to the Regional voluntary team event was made using named competition results from earlier in the year. Courtney Tulloch, James Hall and Joel Burch from Pegasus have all won places in the South East team

English Championships

This years Championships were particularly important having been named as a selection event for the European and World Championships in addition to Commonwealth Games. With so much at stake the entry was unusually high with a formidable field in all three age groups in the Men’s events.

Joel Burch, Courtney Tullloch and James Hall were the only gymnasts representing a Kent club, with the County having no one performing in the Women’s section. With only three age groups Joel had to compete in the senior section despite still being under 18. Joel worked hard but disappointing errors crept in mainly due to his pre-event training being disrupted by recovery from a shoulder injury sustained in the snow earlier in the year. Never the less a great experience to work alongside seasoned International and Olympic performers and a useful warm up for the London Open next weekend..

Courtney and James in the final round of Juniors started on Pommel both swinging smooth routines and off to a flying start in the chase to catch Frank Baines the first round leader who already had a magnificent 82.40 overall score in the bag. Rings next, Good routine by James with a double twisting somersault dismount to stick but an awesome one by Courtney, who has made this piece his own over the last year. Clean holds and quality swings with accurate technique looked effortless leaving him a mere 0.1 behind Frank. On to Vault where less than a minute decides a gymnast’s fate. Courtney nailed a straight Tsukahara but James was less fortunate, being unable to control a dynamic well rotated vault resulting over 1.5 in penalties for steps, a fall and an injured ankle. Elegant and clean on Parallel Bars, accurate release and catches on High Bar with errors limited James struggling to stick his dismounts due to his ankle. A quick visit to the physio by James, as they moved to, Floor, for their final apparatus. A slight reduction in difficulty and James did well to perform a clean elegant routine to complete the competition finishing in 6th place overall – an excellent all round result. Courtney bounced on the floor, double front somersault with prodigious height and total control, a score of 13.35 and an overall total of 81.55 – 0.85 behind Frank to take the Silver medal. Work on his weaker apparatus was well rewarded with two apparatus titles on Floor and Rings and Bronze on the other 4 apparatus. Quite a tally in the first competition of the year.

South East Grades

Congratulations to gymnasts competing in the South East Grades 14, 13 and 12. 100% of Pegasus competitors gained a distinction, evidence of hard work by Coaches and gymnasts alike.

Grade 14 - Grace Miller 2nd, Emily Pearce 9th

Grade 13 - Josie Griffiths 10th, Lola Cooper 11th, Jessica Parr 12th

Grade 12 - Emily Smith 3rd, Lucy Pallister 4th, Leia Desseaux 8th, Jessica Meadway 12th

Leeds Festival

The Floor and Vault squad display group entered joined the Festival fraternity with a brilliant performance of a routine entitled "Transformers". Imaginative choreography, by Paula Desseaux, using ever changing floor patterns and styles resulted in an extremely interesting and entertaining item.

Congratulations to Coaches, gymnasts and of course Paula for a brilliant display. Watch out for a repeat performance at medal ceremonies at the Kent School Games and Pegasus Open.

World School Games

Selection to the England team for the World Gymnasiada in Doha, Qatar gave Courtney Tulloch his first opportunity in a World event featuring 102 boys from almost 30 nations.. A week of intensive preparation with national Coach Sergei prior to departure on the 7 hour flight from Heathrow on Sunday 6th December saw greater cohesion in the team and enabled National Coach Sergey Sizhanov to fine tune his strategic approach to the team event in which there are 5 gymnasts, four of which are permitted to compete on each apparatus with the top 3 scores counting towards the team total.

Courtney was first up on Pommel and a clean swinging routine with good amplitude and execution notched up 13.30, which put him into the top eight and the apparatus final. His confidence was evident as he mounted the podium to compete on Rings.. Combination strength moves, coupled with swing to strength links, clean execution and held positions and a stuck landing brought in a top score of 13.6. and another final qualification. Excellent Vault and Parallel Bars routines also produced personal best scores at this level. Five boys competed 24 routines with only 2 errors between them in the whole event.

The UK contingent was ecstatic as the English boys mounted the rostrum to take the Bronze medal behind Ukraine 1st and Spain 2nd. In the finals Courtney again performed clean stylish routines to finish 6th on Pommel and 4th on Rings just 0.1 away from the Bronze medal.

2009……

The event is one of a number of initiatives in a three year partnership programme rune jointly by Gymnastics England and Pegasus Gymnastics. Aimed at increasing grass root opportunities and pathways to excellence it creates training and competitive activities which have already made a significant impact in the South East.

The competition on 29th involved: gymnasts competing in their first event: boys working towards or competing at Level 1 in the National set work development plan. There was a great atmosphere with enthusiastic and friendly support for all competitors. Gymnasts and audience also enjoyed the thrill of display routines by UK School Games Champions Courtney Tulloch and other top flight members of the host club.

The obvious pleasure of competing with confidence and style is a clear indication of the success of quality sporting opportunities. The two piece event run for advanced general gymnasts from Pegasus saw some excellent work from boys and girls with gold medals won by Harry Franks (Under 10 boys), Carrie Luxford (Under 8 Girls) and Aisling Day (8+ Girls).

The Under 10 boys competing on Floor, Rings, Vault and Parallel Bars for gymnasts at the early stages of Men’s Artistic gymnastics welcomed boys from the Meapa for the first time with an excellent gold medal for Leo Milner with a total of 36.55. Close behind with 36.10 was Isaac Frimston from Pegasus some 4 years younger than Leo and comparatively new to the sport. His focus and attention to conditioning enabling him to have made exceptional progress.The under 9 competition on 6 apparatus saw many of the gymnasts who will be competing for Regional team membership in the set work qualifiers in 2010 already demonstrating competence on the apparatus. Many of these youngsters will be motivated to work hard over the next few months with only 4 marks separating the top 12 gymnasts! Outstanding work by the next generation of Pegasus talent took top places with Finlay Lincoln and Euan Cox showing such supremacy on Pommel and High Bar that they finished in Gold and Silver position.

Kent Floor & Vault Teams

Dover Gymnastics Club stepped in to stage this important event in the County Calendar when arrangements for a Leisure Centre venue did not materialise. A great club effort with a well run and enjoyable day had by gymnasts and spectators alike.

There was excellent work at all levels with particular strength and depth shown by Faversham and Whitstable where their coaches have prioritised General gymnastics as a primary discipline with great success. The quality of acrobatic skills, artistic expression and choreography demonstrated by all participating clubs underlines the progress made at every level of gymnastics in Great Britain in recent years.

For this event, teams of 4 gymnasts with top 3 scores to count compete at five levels in both Junior and Senior age groups. Each of the categories is then open to a team of all girls or boys or a mixed team, a combination which enables clubs to include a high percentage of their members.

Medals were won by every competing club in at least one level - underlining the inclusiveness of General Gymnastics events.

Pegasus Team Medals

Novice Mixed Senior - Stefan Noyelle, Chelsea McGrath, Caitlin Parker – Gold
                                          Harrison Casella, Liana Rowlinson, Calantha Rowlinson - Silver

Intermediate Girls Senior- Olivia Morcom, Rebecca Stone, Rachel Stanley - Bronze

Silver Girls Senior – Maria Clarke, Bethan Cooper, Faye Zimmer - Silver

Kent County Championships

Pegasus gymnasts clocked up a host of medals and titles at the Kent County Women’s Artistic Championships held at Deal on 14th and 15th November.

The group competing at Level 5 were first up with superb displays of talent from all the girls who worked well as a team with plenty of encouragement and support for each other. With outstanding routines from Leia Desseaux on her first 3 apparatus she looked set for her first County title but it was not to be. Trying almost too hard Leia started with a lovely russian mount but then fell twice leaving her in 5th place overall. Team mate Kloe had an excellent competition. Wise decisions by her coach on what moves to include enabled her to work clean on all pieces finishing in Bronze medal position.

Hard on their heels were the Level 4 gymnasts. Charlotte Wroe performed a stunning floor routine with such quality and artistry it brought rapturous applause from the capacity crowd. She fought hard to stay on Beam and finished in a well deserved silver medal position. Megan Nathan competed well and despite errors which crept in on Bars and Beam she held on the bronze medal just ahead of club mate Emily Smith.

Sunday started with Level 3 in which 4 Pegasus gymnasts were competing in the three age groups. In age and the toughest was Lucy Fitzsimons whose performance throughout was pure perfection. Not even a finger out of place she ran away with the title almost 2 marks clear of her nearest rival. In the middle age group Megan Tomlin looked in a different league to the rest of the field. Clean work with high difficulty and another title for Pegasus way ahead of the runner up. Club mate Harriet Day in the same age group also performed well to take the bronze medal spot. Hattie Molloy competing in the oldest age group maintained the quality of the quartet, narrowly missing out on the title in silver medal position.

The event finished with the youngest competitors at the start of their competitive careers. The diminutive gymnasts from Pegasus showed a confidence and quality far exceeding their years with beautiful routines and execution. Grace Miller with a score of 48.45 finishing in a well deserved 5th position.


Pegasus Competitors

Level 6: Grace Miller 5th, Emily Pearce, Rebecca Westby

Level 5: Kloe Crawford 3rd, Leia Desseaux 5th, Lola Cooper, Jessica Meadway, Jessica Parr, Josie Griffiths

Level 4: Charlotte Wroe 2nd, Megan Nathan 3rd, Emily Smith 4th

Level 3: Lucy Fitzsimons 1st, Megan Tomlin 1st, Hattie Molloy 2nd, Harriet Day 3rd

British Championships

Joel Burch at Under 16, James Hall and Courtney Tulloch at Under 14 gave their all in an impressive display of quality and technique at Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham at the 2009 British Championships. Joel competed on the Saturday and despite not having totally recovered from a virus demonstrated style and difficulty light years ahead of his standard in 2008. The difficulty element of his routines already match that of the top six and his overall confidence is building at National level enabling him to take a well deserved 15th place in a highly talented age group. His Rings routine was well executed, high on difficulty to take him to 6th on this tough apparatus. Sustained hard work, patience and maturity should see Joel leap into the top echelons of the sport in the next year.

The under 14 group competing on Sunday started on Pommel, Courtney lay down the gauntlett with a magnificent error free routine and a score of 13.00, which was bettered only once in the competition leaving him with a silver on this apparatus. James Hall swung through clean and classic but an unfortunate error on his dismount cost him dear to leave him in 10th place. On to Rings, the only apparatus that moves and requires a tricky combination of strength and swinging elements whilst keeping the Rings still is particularly tough. Courtney looked supreme, the audience keyed in to an astounding combination of strength elements and clean swings to handstand into a beautifully landed double somersault dismount – and his first National title was in is hands well ahead of nearest rival Frank Baines from Southport. From there on it was a two horse race for the overall Championship. Frank ‘s accuracy on High Bar keeping him just ahead of Courtney despite his brilliant bronze medal routine on Floor which included a stunning double front somersault. James Hall elegant all round with an awesome effort on vault with a Tsukahara full twist to score 13.95 missed a medal by the merest whisker of 0.1.

Pegasus Competitors

Under 12:James Lamb 45th Joseph McMorrow 52nd
Under 14:Courtney Tulloch 2nd Overall, Rings 1st, Pommel 2nd, Floor 3rd
James Hall 7th Overall, 4th Vault, Adam Deans 36th, Jonathan Mills Vault 13.35 (13th)
Under 16th: Joel Burch 15th, Rings 6th

National Volunteer of the Year

Men's Artistic National Volunteer of the year Award was won by Peter Griffin for his total commitment to the events team.

South East Championships

Brilliant performances in the South East Regional Age Groups Championships saw Pegasus gymnasts bring home a cluster of medals and two overall titles! A two day event with approximately 200 competitors from throughout Surrey, Sussex and Kent battled for team and individual honours during the two day event held at Guildford Spectrum on September 19th & 20th.

Some excellent work by the club’s youngest entrants saw Pegasus finish with 2 teams in the top 10 at Level 5. Emily Smith taking 4th overall and much improved Kloe Crawford 6th. Leia Desseaux performed beautifully with a personal best on floor to finish 3rd on this apparatus. One level up, at level 4, both Lucy Fitzsimmons and Charlotte Wroe continued the excellent execution for which the club is well known. Their near faultless performances by both gymnasts on all but beam put Charlotte in 9th place and Lucy on top of the rostrum with a well earned regional title under her belt.

The level 3 team had a tough task on the second day with only 3 members every score had to count leaving no room for errors. Clean crisp delivery with some outstanding work from the entire team to win a well deserved Bronze Medal along with individual honours: Megan Tomlin 5th, Harriet Day 4th and Hattie Molloy 1st adding a second Regional title to the Pegasus haul. The final round saw Ellie Gooding in the Espoire event, which uses Olympic level criteria. A Tsukahara vault, complex Bar routine followed by elegant dance and dynamic tumbling on Beam and Floor and Ellie climbed the rostrum to take a silver medal.

Just three weeks into the season and Pegasus has already notched up 3 National and 2 Regional titles!

Competitors

Level 5: Lola Cooper, Josie Griffiths, Jessica Parr, Katie Cornwell (Team 5th) Emily Smith 4th, Kloe Crawford 6th, Leia Desseaux, Jessica Meadway, (Team 9th)
Level 4:Lucy Fitzsimmons 1st, Charlotte Wroe 9th
Level 3: Hattie Molloy 1st, Harriet Day 4th, Megan Tomlin 5th (Team 3rd)
Espoire: Ellie Gooding

UK School Games

Each of the ten sports is combined into a four-day Games environment designed to replicate the feel of major event such as the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and Commonwealth Games.

The UK School Games seeks to create an inspirational and motivational setting which encourages more young people to take part and succeed in sport.

Responsibility for the development and organisation of the UK School Games lies with the Youth Sport Trust.

Long after the last whistle has been blown, the last point has been scored and the last match has been won- the friendships that began at the UK School Games will carry on.

Over 1,600 young people attended the Games and for 3 days and 4 nights they lived together at the Athletes Village.

Pegasus Open

Brilliant! From the rig at 7.30am Thursday to the record breaking attempt de-rig completed in 1 hour 1 minute at 8.00pm on Sunday evening there was barely a ripple never mind a hitch in the seemless delivery of another superb weekend. It was no surprise that this year’s event attracted the attention of many. Gymnasts flew in from Slovenia, Slovakia, Eire, Ulster, the Isle of Man and many more motored from the far corners of Great Britain. Over 500 gymnasts participated from over 50 clubs, bringing with them upwards of 350 spectators who thoroughly enjoyed quality work throughout the long weekend. The great and good came to support with visits from The Worshipful the Deputy Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Eric Hotson, Paul Garber, President of British Gymnastics, Brian Stocks CEO British Gymnastics, Eddie Van Hoof British Performance Director and Barrie Collie, National Performance Coach for boys.

Our photographer Helen Cooper took over 8000 pictures during the weekend. The best are available from her website www.acerphotoart.com Many thanks Helen for your continued support.

Kent County Key Steps Final

Thursday saw the Kent County Key Steps Final organised by Development officer Lynn Ptter and the Ashford and Mid-Kent School Sports Partnership. Some excellent work in now appearing in the schools and as the programme continues to roll with more trained teachers and support from clubs and their coaches this can only get better.

Winning Schools

Years 1 & 2 1st Brabourne CEP School, 2nd St Stephens Infants, 3rd Ethelbert Road
Years 3 & 4 1st Minterne Junior School, 2nd St Stephens Junior School, 3rd St Johns CEP School
Years 5 & 6 1st Minterne Junior School, 2nd Brabourne CEP School, 3rd Bysing Wood Primary School

Floor & Event

This competition ensures that all levels of competition are covered within the Pegasus Open weekend. For many of the gymnasts this will be their first experience of competition in a full size venue with top quality International apparatus. We were delighted to welcome gymnasts from Canterbury in the boy’s development event, which is closely linked to the Club and Coach Development programme jointly funded by Gymnastics England and Pegasus Gymnastics Club.


Winners

Development F&V Boys: Oliver Wroe, Development Girls: Aisling Day, Novice: Anderida Clough

Intermediate:Christie Lee Pullen, Bronze: Hannah Wallace, Silver: Maria Clarke


Development Men's Artistic - Friday

The boy’s development event is linked to the Club and Coach Development programme jointly funded by Gymnastics England and Pegasus Gymnastics Club. Numbers this year doubled and the standard almost did likewise! Adam Tobin at under 8 almost completed a clean sweep of overall and apparatus gold missing out only on Pommel. Sapphire dominated the Under 9’s taking Gold and Silver overall with some outstanding work on Floor from Lewis Irons, the eventual winner. Round 2 and the excitement rose with the soaring temperature as Pegasus gymnasts extended leads in both the under 11 and Under 12 sections. Rapturous applause accompanied their walk to the rostrum with James Lamb pipping club mate Joseph McMorrow to the Gold at under 11 and Joseph Beretta winning the older age group.


Boys Development Champions

Under 8 Adam Tobins - Falcons

Under 9 Lewis Irons - Sapphire

Under 10 James Lamb - Pegasus

Under 11 Joseph Beretta – Pegasus

Under 12 Mathew Post – Pipers Vale


Men's Artistic - Saturday

An early start Saturday saw the centre buzzing well before 8.00am. Talent abounded. Brinn Bevan set an early lead which none of the other under 12’s could touch. A youngster with prodigious talent a super attitude and a delight to watch was a worthy all round winner. Waveney and Pipers Vale combined for the team event and with 4 boys in the top 7 were run away winners, some 8 marks ahead of Baskervilles in second place.

The audience warmed to the seniors who demonstrated some prodigious skills, twisting double somersaults, release and catch on High Bar and strength combinations on Rings that could easily challenge Britain’s strongest man. Cameron McKenzie triumphed to take yet another title home to Huntingdon.

The under 16 event included several members of the Slovakian National squad but such is the current standard in Britain that Ivan Vargovsky could only manage Bronze overall behind Alex Brailsford, Huntingdon and winner Thomas Gibbs from Heathrow. Competition for the under 14 title was hotter than the venue with Antony Wise (South Essex), Matthew Liddiard (Notts), Tom Defina (Woking), Courtney Tulloch & James Hall (Pegasus) all with a chance of glory. The lead swapped with each rotation but an awesome display on Rings put Courtney Tulloch back in the chase after falling from Pommel. The field narrowed but closest rival Antony Wise was unable to catch him, Courtney running out the overall champion a mark clear and a mere 0.55 from the magic 80.00!


Men's Champions

Under 10 – Loukas Jones - Leeds

Under 12 – Brinn Bevan – South Essex

Under 14 – Courtney Tulloch - Pegasus

Under 16 – Thomas Gibbs - Heathrow

Open – Cameron McKenzie - Huntingdon

Boys Under 12 Teams 1st Waveney & Pipers Vale 2nd Baskervilles 3rd Dynamo


Women's Artistic - Sunday

Saturday's competition ended (early), down came the Men’s apparatus, in went the Beam and asymmetric bars and the scene was set for yet another successful day with slick organisation succeeding in completing the four rounds ahead of time.

Diminutive 8 year olds demonstrated control and elegance with some outstanding work from Tamara Ballancore from Summerfields taking top spot overall and three apparatus Golds. Some very talented youngsters from Pegasus were touting for glory in the 2nd round. Crisp, classy and apparently glued to the beam they swung and danced their way to the rostrum with Megan Nathan taking Silver all round, behind a phenomenal talent Sasha Winton from Phoenix. Several of the older girls were warming up for the British with some fabulous work from the highly talented Francesca Vincent and Amy Middleton from Horsham and Claire Stocks from Huntingdon. Horsham continues to produce excellence across the board taking home all the golds: Francesca Overall and Floor, Amy Vault and Jocelyn Hunt Bars and Beam. The Slovenian girls demonstrated gymnastics doesn’t end at 20 with Tamara Glazar winning silver on Beam and Floor. In the final round it was clear in the warm up that last year’s champion Lydia Burgess from Horsham was taking no prisoners. Technically accurate with abundant artistry and fabulous focus she just gets better and better, winning the overall title, gold on Beam and Floor together with silver on Vault and Bars!


Girls Voluntary Champions

8 years Tamara Ballancore - Summerfields

9 years Sasha Winton - Phoenix

10 / 11 years - Lydia Burgess – Horsham

12 / 13 years – Eleanor Clifford - Colchester

14 years & over Francesca Vincent– Horsham

Super Week In Slovenia

Pegasus Gymnastics, which has developed a close relationship with the Slovenian Federation, travelled to Maribor for a week of training, competition and the opportunity to watch the Worlds best at close range. The Salumnov Memorial Cup, a multi national competition linked to the Grand Prix in Maribor was extended to girls for the first time. A great format as it is the only time that the boys and girls have enjoyed competing in the same arena at the same time.

Near faultless routines from several of the girls brought excellent scores on Floor and Beam despite lower difficulty values than the majority of their rivals. High quality dance captured the attention of audience and coaches, who were seen to stop in awe at the expression and musicality of such very young competitors. Simple but well executed bar routines and vaults enabled the Pegasus girls to make the rostrum in 3rd place in a highly talented field of gymnasts several years their senior.

The battle for honours in the boy’s event was tough. The Austrians showed a depth of talent, from more mature gymnasts, who looked almost invincible. Team competitions however are won and post on the lowest counting score! The Pegasus team was steady all round with little to deduct and some excellent work particularly on Floor. High Bar could have cost the dear with few of the Maidstone team able to match the Austrians for difficulty and conceding a massive deficit of almost 6 marks! James Hall and Courtney Tulloch anchored the team which secured a fantastic 1st place. Individually both Courtney and James achieved personal best scores with James Hall taking the Bronze medal and Courtney winning the Championship.

Fantastic results which brought praise and comment from many different delegations including: Romania requesting a joint training camp; Macedonia inviting Pegasus to a competition, Croatia and Slovakia offering superb training opportunities. Wow! what a week.

Pegasus Teams
Girls: Ellie Gooding, Megan Tomlin, Harriet Malloy, Harriet Day, Lucy Fitzsimons
Boys: Courtney Tulloch, James Hall, James Owen, Adam Deans, James Lamb, Joseph McMorrow, Joseph Beretta.
Coaches: Ionut Trandaburu, Jennie Deadman

International Success at Austrian Future Cup

Courtney Tulloch flew to Austria with the British Team to compete in the prestigious international team event to support the development of future stars. His recent rise in national ranking saw him selected to compete in the under 16 category despite being only just 13. Well prepared and rising to the challenge Courtney notched up a superb end to the year with excellent routines on all apparatus to gain the top execution marks in his age group finishing 5th in the large and highly talented field of older boys. His national team mates also came up trumps so taking Silver medal in the International team event, ahead of Belgium, with Japan in the Gold medal position.

1st Japan - 242.10 2nd Great Britain - 234.05 3rd Belgium Royal 233.35

National Award

The National Awards Dinner held in London on Saturday 1st November was a celebration of the significant and sustained progress of Men’s Gymnastics during the 4 years of the Olympic Cycle, which ended in Beijing with Great Britain’s first Olympic gymnastics medal for a hundred years! The occasion acknowledged and recognised those who serve the sport at all levels from the grass roots to Olympic success.

The thousands of volunteers in clubs, classes and committees without whom Men’s Gymnastics would not be in the position it is today, with the respect and envy of the World for our individual talents, our team depth and a programme that is going to qualify a team for 2012.

The Patron of British Gymnastics, Lord Gainsborough and Countess Gainsborough were there to honour the award winners, who were asked to accept it on behalf of the “many who help you and carry back to your clubs and colleagues the thanks of the National Men’s Technical Committee”.

Peter Griffin, the Chairman of Pegasus Gymnastics in Bearsted, received a special award as part of the events team for his “immense dedication and commitment” spending 2 – weekends a month and much of his annual leave supporting Regional, National and International Men’s events. He has played a crucial role of development of computer scoring programmes & systems now challenging for European and World events.