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23/05/14
Boys from Summerfields Floor and Vault Squad repeated their recent success at the Sussex County competition by bringing home medals from the Dover Open Boys Floor and Vault event. Lewis Standivan, Harley Gentry and Brandon Stokes were competing in the 11-13 year old Novice group and all gave confident performances. 

Lewis scored 7.40 with a controlled and neat routine on floor putting him in the lead after the first piece with Harley and Brandon each only 0.20 behind. There was then a close call on vault with again only 0.20 separating the top three competitors. A slight lack of dynamics gave Lewis a score of 7.20, and final position of silver medal with 14.600 - only 0.05 away from first place. 

For Harley it was only his second competition, but he showed his determination to be a serious contender, and produced a good routine on floor and sound vault, with solid landing. The final score of 14.350 secured a well-deserved bronze medal. 

Brandon is a newcomer to competition, and he did extremely well to give a well-executed floor routine (7.20), and a sound vault (6.25), putting him in 6th position. The vault difficulty was lower than that of his club mates, but he will be working hard over the next few weeks to achieve a higher tariff. 

All boys scored in excess of the expected score for Novice level, and will have to move to Intermediate level in the next calendar year. 

Nearly all the female floor and vault gymnasts from Summerfields Gym club travelled to Kent to take part in the Dover Invitational, making up 32 of the 264 competitors. 

It was a tough competition with large groups in each category, and the Club was extremely satisfied to scoop 14 medals from the event, with 20 gymnasts placed in the top 6 of their age groups. 

For the first time some 5 and 6 year olds Summerfields youngsters were performing in the newly introduced British Gymnastics Key Steps competition. This has been developed to provide a progressive and standardised competition structure, building on the basic skills and agilities from the British Gymnastics Proficiency Award scheme. 
 
There was a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere at the competition, and the young ones were not fazed by the event. They were all pleased to see Willow Buffery receive silver medal along with Holly Chapman a bronze medal in Key Step 1 for children born in 2006. Placed were also Frankie Hutton (4th), Miah Tovey (5th) and Rebecca Blanks (6th). 
 
The main competition covered all levels from Novice through to Silver, and the Summerfields gymnasts put up a strong fight in all categories. After a couple of hiccoughs with the scoring system, the club was very pleased with the final results. 

Gold medals were achieved by Alice Marosi, Jamyma Hanson, Megan Welch and Lucy Burton. Silver medals were awarded to Imani Clark, Sadie Burt, Pippa Jackson, Lucy Clark and Paige Begbie. Receiving bronze medals were Anastacia Georgiou, Alice Prior and Malek Jbali. Other placings were Libby Begbie (4th), Josie Martin (5th), Kira Madge (6th), Ella Harman (6th) and Eloise Saunder (6th).
 
23/05/14
Summerfields Gym Club gymnasts have had a varied and busy season so far, and have followed their previous successes by all gymnasts entered in the Meapa Invitational coming in the top six of their category. 

The Meapa in Gravesend is a highly respected gymnastics club, but one that Summerfields gymnasts had not visited for some time. Twelve of the more experienced girls had been perfecting their routines, and hoping that they would have an impact at the Kent based competition where only three clubs from Sussex had entered. 
  The first round was dedicated to floor and vault competitors and Alice Marosi was first to compete. Her floor routine scored 7.650 out of a possible 8.600 and set the standard for the Novice section. Her first vault landed on her knees, but she made the necessary adjustments to distance and speed to secure the top scoring vault, and giving her gold medal for the 8 year old section. She was closely followed by Sadie Burt in fourth place with 13.900 

In the 11-14 year old Intermediate group Jamyma Hanson and Lucy Clark both gave clean performances on floor and powerful vaults to take Gold and Silver in their section with only 0.250 separating them. Pippa Jackson fought valiantly against the girls three years older than her to finish in sixth place. Ella Harman was competing at the same time in the 9 year old group and despite a slightly disappointing vault score, did well to gain fourth place with a total of 14.850. 

The second and third rounds brought the Advanced, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels working on the floor pieces of Women’s apparatus – vault, bars, beam and floor. Kira Madge had not competed in a four piece event for over a year, and was quite nervous beforehand. However she used the adrenalin to her advantage, and started on beam with a very solid routine, showing excellent lines and good content. The confidence boost this gave her was carried forward to floor where she performed with full amplitude and musicality. Her final score of 27.850 put her in first position over the four pieces (Advanced 10-11 years), and also gold overall for the highest Advanced beam score. 

Following her club mate in the same age group was Alice Prior, who was also competing four piece Advanced for the first time. Nerves overcame her on beam, where she suffered loss of marks for two falls. However the rest of her routines were good, and she was eventually placed third (Advanced 10-11 year olds) and also achieved gold for the highest Advanced bar score. 

Libby Begbie was intent on winning her category, giving away very few marks on beam, and performing an energetic but well controlled floor. Her handspring vault gained her 8.200 out of a possible 8.800 and although she had a hesitation and wobble on her bar routine, she came out with a very creditable overall score of 30.400 and gold medal. She was also awarded gold medal for the highest vault score in the Bronze section. 

The last group to compete were the 13-14 year old Silver Level gymnasts - Jemima Beal, Paige Begbie and Lucy Burton. The trio are closely matched, and only slight errors separated their scores with them being placed fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.