Incredible Suki gymnasts star in Welsh Aerobic Open Championships

Suki gymnasts enjoyed a lucrative trip to Cardiff for the Welsh Aerobic Open Championships.

Thursday, 20th September 2018, 12:10 pm
Updated Thursday, 20th September 2018, 1:18 pm
Suki had a very successful trip to Wales

The team, from the Gosport-based club, were in sensational form as they saved many of their best performances for the big stage and collected a great haul of medals.

Overall Suki entered 33 routines with 46 gymnasts in action.

Head coach Natalie Porter said: '˜It was an incredible weekend with a high number of medals and personal best scores coming back to Gosport.

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Suki's Saturday afternoon RAC medal winners in Cardiff

'˜Our incredible team of coaches and judges had the busiest weekend to date because this is the biggest team we have entered into a competition.

'˜It was amazing to see how much our teams have developed since the last competition.'

In aerobic gymnastics there are four competitive levels IAC, RAC (regional), NAC (national), FIG (international).

The first action on Saturday was the brand new level of Introductory Aerobic Code (IAC).

Suki's NAC pair Freya Meachen and Tyesha Kirton, with foundation trio Amiee Dalgleish, Immie Hamid and Keira Buick. They all shone in Cardiff picking up medals

Suki entered six teams with the youngest competitor being five-years-old.

For the majority of the IAC gymnasts this was their third competition but the biggest one yet. Suki's five under-10 teams performed very well.

Emilie Hamer, Vivien Atkinson and Ruby Watkin finished first with a score of 68 points. Team-mates Chloe Dyke, Lucy Tiebal, Scarlet Cohen, Isobel Shields and Emilia Travers picked up the silver medal with 66.66.

Sophia Pethick, Taylor-Louise Bartle, Bethany Mckelvey achieved the bronze medal with 64 points. Evie Mae Sangster, Gabby Taylor, Leah Sutton and Megan Toastivine finished fourth and the youngest Suki team of Emilia Sheilds, Baylie Rose Fisher, Skye Kennard and Pearl Cohen finished sixth out of 8 with a score of 49.33 points.

Suki IAC and RAC Saturday morning medallists in Cardiff

The 11-plus events saw Ella Samways, Laney Tiebal and Lottie Sim pick up another gold medal with a score of 62 points which was a huge improvement on last time. 

Next up were the RAC gymnasts. Sophie Emmett competed in the pre-foundation (under-nines) age category where she achieved a new personal best score for 2018 and in her gymnastics career so far in competing. Sophie scored an enormous 17.00 as she finished third overall and achieved the highest score within the Suki team from the whole weekend. Sophie will be moving into the foundation category next year.

Melody Atkinson competed for the second time in the foundation category (nine years). Melody once again scored all her skills and improved on her position from last time. She scored 14.7, picking up the silver medal.

In the national development category (10-to-11 years) Suki saw a massive improvement across the team.

The club entered seven team members into this category with six of them finishing in the top 10.

Madeline Rigby scored all her skills and achieved an overall mark of 16.00 picking up the gold medal. Team-mate Kacey Arkley was hot on her heels finishing joint second with a score of 15.95 with another competitor from Hart Gymnastics.

Katie Sutton was also close behind finishing fourth, with Abigail Webber fifth, Maya Trickett sixth and Jasmine Taylor eighth.

Jasmine, Erin and Katie competed for the last time in the national development trio category. They finished second overall with a new personal best score.

Amanda Ebbutt competed in the senior category for RAC scoring 14.575, another personal best score for 2018 and the gold medal. It was fabulous work.

Moving through the day, three Suki squad members competed in the NAC national development category.

Lucie Emmett performed her Alice in Wonderland routine, finishing fourth overall.

Cloe Travers competed for the first time in this level, she held her nerves well and finished in a respectful ninth place.

In the NAC group one category Freya Meachen took to the floor to perform her surrender routine. She scored all her skills and finished 10th overall with a new personal best.

Next in the NAC group two category Eleanor Meachen competed her individual routine finishing ninth overall with a new personal best score. Eleanor was followed closely by teammate Tyesha Kirton in 10th place.

On Sunday, Freya Meachen stepped up an age category to join team-mate Tyesha in their Juicy Wiggle routine. They performed a fun and exciting routine, scoring 15.75 to finish second overall.

Next up were the foundation category gymnasts (nine years). This category is neither NAC or FIG. The gymnasts compete in this age category for only one year.

At the end of the year Suki will be informed by the GBR Technical Committee for Aerobics whether the gymnast will go NAC of FIG for 2019.

Amiee Dalgleish, Keira Buick and Immie Hamid took to the floor to perform their set Mamma Mia individual routine. Amiee Dalgleigh and Keira Buick finished in joint third with a score of 15.45 with their team-mate Immie hot on their tails in fifth position with a score of 15.35, this is basically one flexed foot. The girls joined together to perform their Tarzan and Jane routine finishing first overall with a new personal best score of 15.65.

Katie Sutton, Madeline Rigby and Amanda Ebbutt all got personal best scores.

Erin, Jasmine and Katie set their new personal best as a trio.

Hannah Emmett, Jasmine Welsh, Freya Meachen and Eleanor Meachen were also in top form.

They added new personal bests, as did Immie, Amiee and Keira competing as a trio.

Suki have been included in the Tesco Bags for Help and Cash for Kids with Wave 105. Keep an eye out in the Tesco Forton Road Express, Tesco Express at Lee-on-the-Solent and Tesco Rowner for the blue tokens.

Next up for the club is the Suki Competition on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 at Fareham Leisure Centre.