The MSSP Key Steps 3 Year 5/6 Gymnastics Competition took place on Friday 2nd February 2018 at Canons Leisure Centre. 22 schools attended the day: Joseph Hood, Bond, SS Peter & Paul, St Matthew’s, Wimbledon Chase, Wimbledon Park, Liberty, Malmesbury, Merton Park, Dundonald, Hollymount, Garfield, St Teresa’s, Hatfield, Pelham, St Mary’s, West Wimbledon, Poplar, Bishop Gilpin, William Morris, Links and Haslemere.

All gymnasts would be competing in three different disciplines throughout the competition: Floor, Vault and Body Management. Two judges were situated on each discipline who would be judging each individual competitor. When competing in Vault, competitors had one practice go, and then two competitive vaults and their best score would be taken towards their group score. For Floor and Body Management competitors only had one competitive routine to gain their highest score. Schools could bring a maximum of four gymnasts in which both the two male and two female scores would be taken from each discipline and put towards their group score.

With 22 teams attending, schools were split into six groups. All gymnasts were required to participate in all three disciplines, with an allocated practice station beforehand.

The groups were as follows:

 
 

GROUP 1

GROUP 2

GROUP 3

1. Joseph Hood

4. St Matthew’s

8. Malmesbury

2. Bond

5. Wimbledon Chase

9.  Merton Park

3. SS Peter & Paul

6. Wimbledon Park

10. Dundonald 

 

7. Liberty

11. Hollymount

GROUP 4

GROUP 5

GROUP 6

12.  Garfield

16. St Mary’s

20. William Morris

13.  St Teresa’s

17.  West Wimbledon

21.  Links

14.  Hatfeild

18.  Poplar

22.  Haslemere

15. Pelham

19. Bishop Gilpin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As schools arrived their gymnasts started to warm up straight away and it was clear to see the standard was going to be extremely high this year.

Once everyone had been briefed on the running for the day the schools split into their appropriate groups and the competition began with Group 2 competing on Vault; Group 4 competing on Floor and Group 6 competing on Body Management.

The non-competing teams went to the practice station for the discipline they would be competing on in the next rotation. Group 1 went to Practice Vault, Group 3 to Practice Floor and Group 5 to Practice Body Management. All schools got stuck in straight away using the precious allocated time to their advantage to get in as much last minute practice as possible!

Meanwhile on the competing stations Group 2’s Vaults were off to a flying start, St Matthew’s gymnasts went first setting the standard for the group very high as they had clearly been working very hard on their vault beforehand. Wimbledon Chase, Wimbledon Park and Liberty followed with some very solid and confident vaults being performed to the judges. Garfield set the standard for Group 4’s Floor routines with some highly executed and well-practiced moves. St Teresa’s, Hatfeild and Pelham did not let this deter them as they put their heart and souls into their performances. Group 6 started on Body Management showing the judges how much all three schools had been working on their core stability and flexibility, William Morris, Links and Haslemere were all able to hold their nerve on their first competing station and perform with great confidence.

Once all gymnasts had competed on their appropriate station the schools moved to the next rotation with Groups 1, 3 and 5 competing for the first time. Group 1 took to the stage on Vault for their first competing station. All three schools; Joseph Hood, Bond and SS Peter & Paul had clearly used their practice station beforehand to get themselves ready and prepared to compete on vault as they all performed extremely well giving it there all in both judged attempts. Group 3 went to Floor to compete. Malmesbury began with their well-rehearsed routines impressing both the judges and spectators and producing the highest male score for floor throughout the whole day! Although Merton Park, Dundonald and Hollymount were very impressed, they used this as motivation to blow the judges and spectators away with their routines as well. Group 5 started their competition off on Body Management. St Mary’s performed first with their gymnasts taking their time to show the judges how hard they had been working on improving their core stability and flexibility. West Wimbledon, Poplar and Bishop Gilpin patiently waited and performed their routines at an equally high standard which was reflected in the overall results as the three schools in Group 5 had very close scores.

Throughout the entire competition all the gymnasts showed not only great individual talent, but a huge amount of team spirit. All gymnasts watched the other teams competing eagerly and showed great sportsmanship by congratulating and clapping all other competitors after they had performed. This definitely helped to calm the nerves of those gymnasts who had never competed at a gymnastics competition before.

Once all groups had competed on each discipline it was time to add up all the scores to see which school was going to qualify for the London Youth Games. Due to so many individual gymnasts scoring extremely highly on all disciplines, it was going to be a very close call!

Before the final team results were announced, the individual awards were given out. These were awarded to each boy and girl who had scored the highest results on each discipline. The results were as follows:

 

Discipline

Gender

Competitor

School

Score

Vault

Girl

Felicity/Isabella

Pelham/Bishop Gilpin

10.0/10.0

Vault

Boy

Reiss

Dundonald

9.9

Floor

Girl

Nia

William Morris

9.9

Floor

Boy

Phoenix

Malmesbury

9.8

Body Management

Girl

Cecily

Pelham

9.65

Body Management

Boy

Theo

Malmesbury

9.5

 

One more individual medal was to be awarded for the boy and girl with the highest overall score in the competition. These were:  

 

Gender

Competitor

School

Score

Girl

Lois

St Teresa's

29.00

Boy

Theo

Malmesbury

28.90

 

Once all the individual medalists had been awarded and congratulated it was time to announce which school was going to be the Key Steps 3 Year 5/6 Gymnastics Champions. The results were extremely close with just tenths separating positions. The final results were as follows:

 

Position

School

Points

1st

Malmesbury

112.45

2nd

Garfield

110.65

3rd

Hatfeild

109.30

3rd

Merton Park

109.30

5th

William Morris

109.25

6th

Pelham

108.25

7th

Poplar

107.70

8th

Dundonald

106.05

9th

St Teresa’s

104.45

10th

West Wimbledon

104.35

11th

Wimbledon Chase

104.15

12th

St Matthew’s

102.95

13th

Joseph Hood

101.90

14th

Bishop Gilpin

101.85

15th

Bond

100.10

16th

Haslemere

99.60

17th

Wimbledon Park

99.00

18th

St Mary’s

97.20

19th

Links

90.50

20th

Hollymount

81.90

21st

Liberty

65.95

22nd

SS Peter & Paul

54.74

 

Congratulations to all teams on their fantastic performances and extra congratulations to Malmesbury on retaining their title and good luck representing Merton at the London Youth Games! Also well done to Liberty for being awarded the Refspect Award for their sportsmanship towards the other competitors and encouragement to their teammates.

We would also like to thank our guest judges who attended the competition. We look forward to the Year 3/4 Competition on Friday 23rd February.

 

 

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