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Orbit Milton Keynes Top the Bill

National Championships, Birmingham NEC, July 2013

During the weekend of the 5th & 6th July, tumblers, double-mini trampolinists and pure trampolinists fought out for places in the limelight. Just to be there was a struggle that had been fought since January, honing routines, refining techniques, battling with injuries, to gain the necessary qualifying scores. Nine of our squad reached this opportunity to compete for a place in the British Isles, while another three were short of marks this year and will have to rebuild for 2014.

Saturday was the sorting day, competing a set and voluntary routine, selecting the best eight in each sex and age group. At 8.30am Roisin O’Brien got off to a fine start in the U19 Ladies completing a stylish Compulsory and a high gutsy Voluntary. However, only the best 8 would go on to Sunday’s showdown of finalists, and when all 29 had finished jumping, Roisin was 11th. just 1.5 tenths from the girl in 8th position. Such are the fine margins in Gymnastic sports.

Simultaneously, in the O19 Ladies, Rebekah Bridge gave two sparkling routines to leap into Sunday’s final in 2nd. place. Also joining her was her team mate Laura Wright in 5th. place, while the third member, Cara Stubbs, despite two error-less routines followed in 17th place, also only 1.6 tenths away from 8th. place.

In mid-morning Hogan Leung jumped off in the boys U17s, having a nervy start with a compulsory routine that left him in 11th. place. However, his brave voluntary pulled him up to 7th. place and a chance to fight it out on Sunday.

In the U19 Ladies Fig B, Dayle Walker finished in 17th. place finding that working with an injury was just too much.

Martyn Howard competed in the Men’s fig B, and pulled out two of his best routines to earn a place in Sunday’s shoot-off in 2nd. place.

Finally, Lewis Wheeler competed in the boys U17s Fig B, holding his own in a talented field. That is until the voluntary routines, where an almost catastrophic travel within centimeters of the springs, made the deductions too severe, and Lewis had to settle for 9th. place, one outside the finals.

On Sunday, still standing were Rebekah, Laura, Hogan and Martyn, about half our entry. The finals are sudden death, consisting of one Voluntary routine with the scores re-set to zero, so the order can change dramatically.

It did. In the Ladies O19 Cs Rebekah moved down to 5th place due to an unsteady landing on her last move, and Laura followed to 7th. place. However, with Cara’s score added, the girls took 1st. British Team Gold medal. Three new champions – Rebekah Bridge, Laura Wright and Cara Stubbs.

Hogan went on second in the boys U17 C and gave a very good routine indeed, laying down a challenge that was only passed twice, making him 3rd.in the Country with a Bronze, exactly one mark behind Gold.

In the Men’s Fig B Martyn went on second to the end, and no one had made any glaring mistakes. An edgy situation. However, he performed a routine below his best, but good enough to hold 5th. place, and only one tenth below a bronze medal. A great club performance all round with much more to come next year. For information call 01908 313048.