Alex Smith honoured for service to BG as an international gymnast

Two weeks to go to the British Championship Series in Liverpool Echo Arena. At the event British Gymnastics will be honouring some of the gymnasts who have represented GBR ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง at the highest international senior level. One of our own Directors - Alex Smith is among the honours list. Alex represented GBR in 2006 in Ostrava, Czech Republic ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ, 2010 in Malmo, Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช, and 2012 in Aarhus, Denmark ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ. Today this is the criteria for Master Gymnast. Alex was also British TeamGym Champion in 2009, 2010 and 2012. During his career Alex had retired at least twice (so far ๐Ÿ˜‰) - Gymnasts never die - they just take a little longer to full in ๐Ÿ˜‚

Alex was also part of the TV show - Let's get gold, where he also acted as the spokesperson for the team during their TV spot. Consequently we now try to use Alex for announcing when ever we can ๐Ÿ˜‚

Congratulations Alex - this award is all about recognising those that got TeamGym to where it is today. You've been an important part of that journey and the history of GB's success. 

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Bracknell Summer Micro Competition 2017

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A big thank you to everyone who came and supported our biggest ever Summer Micro TeamGym Competition yesterday. The event ran from 9am to 9pm with 64 teams competing throughout the day. This was 10 teams more than ever before in what was a very hot and fast paced competition. Sadly we could not accommodate all of the teams who wanted to enter (having to turn away 20 teams ๐Ÿ™). 

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Very proud of all of our volunteers, coaches and gymnasts who were part of the event. Many of the helpers spent the 12 hours darting between various roles (announcing, coaching, competing, moving equipment, judging, presenting awards etc). 

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The Robins came 5th and 6th in the L4 girls group which was a very close and competitive section. There was only 0.3 between the girls in 5th place and the winning team. 

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The senior competition saw many of the young men who had been there for 11 hours coaching the younger gymnasts suit up for their own competition. Our seniors had to contend with the mightly men's team from Hawth. Although out gunned on difficulty, the Bracknell men excelled on execution to win the day, finishing with the highest scores of the day on both tumbling and trampette. 

The Bracknell Gymnastics Squads are now focusing their training for the upcoming British Championships in Liverpool at the end of the month. 

Bracknell Senior Men win 2016 Team Performance of the Year

Left to right: Lewis Jones; Sacha Tompkins; James Langley; Charlie Dorrington; Ben Knapton; Connor Wharram; Henry Mantel; Patrick Keay (absent - Joe Tropey).

Left to right: Lewis Jones; Sacha Tompkins; James Langley; Charlie Dorrington; Ben Knapton; Connor Wharram; Henry Mantel; Patrick Keay (absent - Joe Tropey).

Bracknell Gymnastics Club continues to go from strength to strength as their Senior Menโ€™s team have won the 2016 Get Berkshire Active Team Performance of the Year award.

The team enjoyed a haul of success over the past year, winning the Senior Menโ€™s gold medal at the TeamGym British Championships in Liverpool, while six of the team also represented Great Britain at the European Championships in Slovenia.

BGC Managing director Dr Peter Tranckle said: โ€œWe are very proud of our Senior Menโ€™s team. They are good ambassadors for the sport and great role models for the local community.โ€

At the TeamGym Europeans, three of the team competed for GB Senior Men, who broke the British record for trampette, and three competed for the Senior Mixed, who set a new overall GB high score in what proved to be the UKโ€™s most successful European Championships to date. โ€œThe success has been contagious and we are seeing a wealth of people and organisations getting behind this exciting sport.โ€ Tranckle added.

Connor Wharram was also nominated for the Sports Personality of the Year award, however lost out to Paracanoeist Jeanette Chippington. The 19-year-old, who became the first gymnast to compete triple somersaults for GB, said: โ€œDespite only being a runner up, being nominated for the Sports Personality is still a huge honour.โ€

He added: โ€œNot many people are compared to Paralympic gold medal winners, that in itself is incredible, and more than enough for me.โ€

TeamGym consists of floor, tumbling and trampette routines. In 2016, Bracknell sent 12 gymnasts to the Europeans (the most of any club in the country), with six of the Junior Womenโ€™s team also travelling to Slovenia. The girls, who won the British title in their category, were also nominated for the award, however didnโ€™t make the final shortlist.

The team will now be preparing for the Southern Qualifiers in March, and eventually working towards the British Championships at the end of July.

Ben Knapton

GBR TeamGym Gymnast

Charlie passes coaching exam

Charlie Ewing successfully completed his Level 1 General Gymnastics Coaching exam today at Bracknell. Level 1 courses involve an online course, an 80 page logbook, two days of practical input and then several weeks of work with a mentor coach. Furthermore, it requires hard work, dedication and technical knowledge. Congratulations Charlie and welcome to the coaching team.

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DMT League Finals 2016

Well done to James' DMT squad who competed for Edgbarrow at the League Finals this weekend at the Velodrome Olympic Park in London.

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20 year old Georgia Clements competed admirably in the fierce contested Super League. She finished 10th with clean passes.

16 year old Samantha Benn qualified for the finals in 7th place but fought her way to a bronze medal in the finals of the 15-18 year old League 1 girls.

16 year old Branner Thomson qualified in first place of the 15-16 year old League 2 Boys and took a silver in the Finals.

11 year old Rachel Tapster qualified in first place in the 9-12 year old League 2 girls. Despite a close flight final, Rachel maintained her position to take gold by 0.3.

Well done to all of the squad and James in his new role as their coach. Congratulations also to the rest of Edgbarrow Trampoline Club and another impressive League Finals.

DMT gymnasts with their coach (right) James Langley from Bracknell Gymnastics Club

DMT gymnasts with their coach (right) James Langley from Bracknell Gymnastics Club