Two Woodroffe pupils were not only judged to be the best schools acrobatic pair in the south west region last week, but also they won their way through to compete in the national finals.
Year seven and eight pupils Georgia Rooke and Valentine Tutcher won the girls under 13 category of the south west schools acrobatic gymnastics championships. What made their performance even more astonishing is that both girls usually train with other partners against each other, and undertook most of their training together in the park and at each other’s houses.
The tough competition, which saw many partnerships competing against each other, rewards those who perform relatively simple acrobatic gymnastic them with flawless execution.
“We’re both usually the ones being lifted up and balanced in the air, as we’re normally the tops of women’s trios,” said Georgia, “but because I’m that little bit younger, I was the ‘top’ for this competition. We don’t normally get to compete for our school either, so it’s good to win medals for them.”
Both girls are in the ‘acrobatics squad’ group of Honiton Gymnastics Club, and train 13+ hours a week.
High performance coach Helen Nayler said: “The girls performed exceptionally well, and earned their place in the national finals. The event is fiercely competitive, and even includes World and European champions at their age groups. It is s a great introduction to the sport, a good way to perfect the fundamental skills, and an excellent way for them to work on choreography together, while having fun at school at the same time.”
Georgia and Valentine were the only members of Honiton Gym Club to return with gold medals. Lauren Davey and Charlotte Beviss from Honiton Primary School returned with a silver medal in the girls’ under 11 pairs, and Adam Fullick from Clyst Vale brought back a bronze medal in the boys’ under 13 tumbling event.
13 partnerships, plus tumblers, from Honiton Gym Club competed, with representation from The Woodroffe School, Honiton Primary School, Honiton Community College, The Kings School, Feniton Primary School, Colyton Grammar School, Clyst Vale, St Michaels, Charmouth Primary School, Farway Primary School, and Offwell Primary School.
The full list of Honiton Gym Club performers who took part in the south west schools acrobatic gymnastics championships, along with their placings, is:
Girls under 11 pairs
Lauren Davey and Charlotte Beviss, Honiton Primary School – 2nd
Charlotte Drawer & Cerys Mack, Feniton Primary School – 10th
Hollie Bowkowski & Sharna Curley – Offwell Primary School – 15th
Hannah Selway and Tyla Stringer, Honiton Primary School – 16th
Amy Phillips & Emma Tipton – Feniton Primary School – 21st
Megan Quick and Michelle Quick – St Michaels – 29th
Under 11 mixed pairs
Callum Abbott & Hannah Selway, Honiton Primary – 5th
Under 13 girls pairs
Valentine Tutcher and Georgia Rooke, The Woodroffe School – 1st
Over 13 girls pairs
Michaela Jones and Jasmine Waterfield, Honiton Community College – 5th
Rebekah Lawrence & Becky Matthews, Colyton Grammar School – 15th
Charlotte Hartland & Emma Saunders, The Kings School – 18th
Rebecca Fullard & Danielle Curley, Honiton Community College – 25th
Rosie Lyus & Danielle Hartland, Colyton Grammar School – 27th
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