It was an early, cold & wet start on Sunday 9th December; meeting in The Eastwood Academy car park to leave at 8am for the mini bus drive to Hitchin, Hertfordshire. The pupils were nervous despite all their hard work and effort in training. The standard of all the pupils at the Championships were extremely high. They looked very professional in their school leotards and demonstrated exceptional behaviour throughout the day, proving to be credit to the school.
Chloe Bastow competed in the elite U19 competition where she performed two very good routines but was up against tough and experienced competition. She finished in 16th place individually, beating her main rival. Rosie Glendinning participated in the novice U19 section and demonstrated good form & control for both for routines, achieving 19th position individually. The students representing Eastwood in the U13 novice team were Rebecca Kirby, Tigi Whitehouse & Amy Fix. This was their first ever competition and unfortunately nerves started to get to them. Rebecca performed both her routines ‘effortlessly’ showing excellent flexibility and control, achieving a fantastic 12th place individually. Tigi scored well in her compulsory routine demonstrating excellent form; however, she twisted her ankle during the 2nd routine which affected her overall score. Amy recovered well from nerves in her 1st routine to score highly in her voluntary routine, showing superb control. The team finished in 9th position overall.
The students representing Eastwood in the U15 novice team were Grace Moore, Charlotte Houghton, Kirsty Macpherson & Sasha Cornell. They all performed their compulsory routines with no mistakes and were awarded good scores. Charlotte & Kirsty went on to perform their voluntary routines showing good form. Grace was showing great form & control throughout her routine but unfortunately could not control the finish. Having had to wait until 3pm to complete Sasha held her nerve, performing her 1st routine without fault becoming our 1st pupil to gain a score over 8 points. Sasha then went on to perform her voluntary routine, which was full of difficultly, with exceptional form and control. As a result she achieved an outstanding final position of 3rd overall and has become our first pupil to reach the next round (which is in Wales, 20th Jan). As a team they finished in 11th position.
Mrs Pearce who coached the team said, ‘I would like to say a big thank you to Francesca Culff and Rachael Aldis who were a huge help throughout the day ensuring everyone was in the right place at the correct time and became official photographers for the day. A further thank you must also go to all the parents for their encouragement and support.’ Well done everyone. Good luck for next year’s competition!