The MSSP Key Steps 3 Year 5/6 Gymnastics Competition took place on Friday 1st February 2019 at Canons Leisure Centre. 22 schools attended the day: Bishop Gilpin, Links, Hatfeild, Cranmer, St Thomas, Joseph Hood, Wimbledon Chase, Aragon, Wimbledon Park, St Mary’s, Haslemere, Dundonald, Singlegate, Merton Park, St Teresa’s, Pelham, Hollymount, William Morris, Garfield, Poplar and Malmesbury.

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. Haslemere

8. Dundonald

2. Aragon

5. Wimbledon Chase

9.  William Morris

 

6. St Matthew’s

10. Malmesbury

 

7. Wimbledon Park

11. Singlegate

GROUP 4

GROUP 5

GROUP 6

12.  Pelham

16. Hollymount

20. Bishop Gilpin

13.  Garfield

17.  St Mary’s

21.  Cranmer

14.  Hatfeild

18.  Merton Park

22.  Links

15. St Teresa’s

19. Poplar

 23. St Thomas

 

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, Haslemere’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, St Matthew’s and Wimbledon Park followed with some very solid and confident vaults being performed to the judges. Pelham set the standard for Group 4’s Floor routines with some highly executed and well-practiced moves. Garfield, Hatfeild and St Teresa’s 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, Bishop Gilpin, Cranmer, Links and St Thomas 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 and Aragon 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. Dundonald 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 William Morris, malmesbury and Singlgate 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. Hollymount 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. St Mary’s, Merton Park and Poplar 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

Vault

Girl

Kara/Maite

Garfield/William Morris

Vault

Boy

Adam

Pelham

Floor

Girl

Lois/Leah

St Teresa’s/Hollymount

Floor

Boy

Preston

Cranmer

Body Management

Girl

Leah/Anna

Hollymount/Poplar

Body Management

Boy

Danny/Adam

Malmesbury/Pelham

 

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

Girl

Anna

Poplar

Boy

Adam

Pelham

 

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

111.70

2nd

Poplar

109.80

3rd

Garfield

109.75

3rd

William Morris

109.40

5th

Hollymount

109.10

6th

Pelham

107.50

7th

St Matthew’s

107.40

8th

St Teresa’s

105.50

9th

Merton Park

104.75

10th

Singlegate

104.10

11th

Dundonald

104.00

12th

Haslemere

102.65

13th

St Mary’s

102.00

14th

Wimbledon Park

101.90

15th

Aragon

101.00

16th

Wimbledon Chase

100.05

17th

Joseph Hood

99.75

18th

St Thomas

99.40

19th

Cranmer

99.35

20th

Hatfeild

98.65

21st

Links

98.45

22nd

Bishop Gilpin

80.50

 

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 St Teresa’s 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 8th February.

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