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Southern Region Grading, Milton Keynes, 22nd March 2015

Orbit Milton Keynes Host the Southern Region Trampoline Grading Competition

On Sunday 22nd. March all our preparations were to be tested, as 389 young trampolinists and their parents descended upon us. Over 30 clubs from Southern England comprised the biggest Regional competition for ten years! Many of these competitors had entered more than one event, so there were over 400 trophies needed, 50 officials' lunches, and chairs imported in by the lorry load. Organising these logistics took several weeks, and the actual trampolines, mats, and panels, not to mention judging requirements, took us from 7.30 - 10.30pm on the Saturday night to set up.

Sunday morning came, the officials all arrived, and then the wave of people shattered the peace, and the lull before the storm was truly over. At 9.30am the trampoline panels were all buzzing with children warming up ready for their impending competition. The machinery was working, a competition was underway. Our attention now transferred to our own members, and this is how they fared.

At the highest level, 6, our over 15 girls finished their warm ups successfully, and began their compulsory routines. Tionne Cumberbatch, Ciara O'Brien and Tess Walker all gave fine performances, separated by margins of tenths. Emily RoxbeeCox began in style, but disaster struck when she performed a move in the wrong order which under the rules cost her a zero score. All four girls gave very good voluntary routines, merging style and difficulty, reaping the rewards. Tionne was 1st. Ciara 2nd. Tess 3rd. and Emily 18th due to an impossible catch up. Tionne and Ciara gained sufficient scores to reach the Regional Finals in April, a fine achievement.

In the male event Ritchie Clarke acquitted himself well to take 5th. Place. An improvement since February.

At level 5 in the girls 15+ fortunes contrasted. Lauren McEvaddy managed one of her best performances taking 8th. Place, while Helena Bloomfield could not complete one of her routines, and came in 9th. Place. However, Helena’s scores in February were still only beaten by one girl, and so she keeps her place in the finals in April, where she can show what she is made of.

Youth was in full cry for Charlie Roberts in the Level 5 13 - 14 yr. boys, and Millie Heathcote in the 11 - 12 girls. Both returned proud routines, taking 1st and 3rd places respectively. Charlie also secured himself a place at the May finals.

Four of our girls did battle in the Level 4 13+ group, the places being close after the first compulsory routines. After the completion of the voluntaries Milly Cole took 1st, Rebecca Dormer 2nd by a whisper, Lucy Pangbourne 5th and Daniella Toomey 12th places. Another great show from our girls and Milly and Rebecca or Lucy will go on to the finals in May. We watch that space with interest.

At L3 13+ our girls jumped well, but could not reach the podium this time. Ellie Jayde Billingham was 9th Amy Smith 12th and Daisy Carter 28th.

Concluding L3 on the boys' 13+ side, Ben Gilroy showed the opposition a clean pair of heels, taking 1st place again and booking his final place in April.

Moving to L2, in the 13+ girls Ella Jefferson was 13th and Jayde Latimer 16th in a very tightly bunched event. In the 11 - 12s girls Lacey Butler came 5th with less than a mark separating the top 5.

Lauren Sinclair gave a good performance in her first grading at L1 in the 9 - 10 girls holding 8th place. In the same group, separated by very small margins Loucie White was 11th and Honey Latter 13th also in their first grading competition.

Up an age group to 11 - 12 girls, also cutting their teeth at a grading, Sophie Chambers was 13th and Maddie Picot 15th.

In the 13+ group Ella Preedy excelled herself to take 3rd place and Lucy Chambers was a first time 9th.

That concluded a frenetic morning's trampolining and we moved to the afternoon events with the G - D routines.

Getting us off to a flying start in his first Regional, Fraser McPherson took 2nd place in the U11 boys G.

Daisy Carter kept us on the podium in G grade, taking 3rd place in the girls 15+, while in the U15s Paige Johnson was 10th at her first Regional.

Up to F grade where in the U15s Amy Smith was a fine 3rd, and in the over 15s Emily Muttitt was narrowly 4th.

At E we had two qualifiers to D in 1st and 3rd places. Well done Charlie Roberts in the u15 boys and Libby Daniells in the over 15 Ladies.

Finally at D grade, in the over 15 ladies, both Helena Bloomfield and Emily RoxbeeCox competed again, taking 5th and 1st places. Emily wowed the judges, drawing an 8.9 from one, the highest mark of the day.

All our performers and officials conducted themselves superbly, and we had a great club result. In addition it was a very successful competition for which we owe our parents and supporters a huge thanks, including everything from making teas to ferrying equipment and to collecting up rubbish. If there was a job to be done, they did it.

Southern Region Grading, Milton Keynes