Burnley Gymnastics Club boys impress at North West event

Burnley Gymnastics Club boys squad participated in the North West Gymnastics Association's two piece floor and vault grades competition recently.

The primary aim of the two-piece codes competition is to to provide a developmental pathway into a solid under 12 British floor and vault standard.

For all of the five boys competing, this was a big step up, as it was their first time competing at a grades competition.

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The club was represented by Max Calverley, Charlie Wheeler, Samuel Cliff, Oliver Mannion, who completed at Level B, and Harvey Bretherton competing at Level 4.

The boys were competing against gymnasts from long standing and highly-established clubs from across the North West, such as City of Manchester and Crewe and Nantwich Gymnastics Clubs.

On a snowy and cold day in Wigan, the boys warmed up and started off on vault.

Max Calverley achieved a brilliant score of 9.55, with Charlie Wheeler matching him with another outstanding score of 9.55. Oliver Mannion was up next and achieved a score of 9.50, with Samuel Cliff stealing the show with a fantastic score of 9.80, the highest in the category for vault.

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Harvey Bretherton, competing at level 4 and in his first competition for over two years, achieved a respectable score of 8.60 in a tough category with a high standard of gymnasts competing.

Next up, the boys competed on floor. Again, the boys had a high standard of routine to show off their skills, which they have been rigorously practising during their training sessions.

Max Calverly achieved a score of 8.80, Charlie Wheeler again scoring in the nines with a 9.05, Oliver Mannion scored with a 9.25 and Samuel Cliff topped the leader board with 9.30, achieving the highest score in his group for floor.

Harvey Bretherton delivered his routine effortlessly with a respectable score of 8.70.

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After counting up the scores and creating a percentage, the gymnasts were then graded on their performance. The four boys competing in the earlier session, Max Calverly (91.75%), Charlie Wheeler (93.00%) , Oliver Mannion (93.75%) and Samuel Cliff (95.50%) all achieved a distinction with gold, and Harvey Bretherton (86.50%) was awarded silver merit.

The BEST Centre and Burnley Gymnastics Club offer men’s artistic gymnastics classes from the age of five upwards.

Interested? Contact The BEST Centre on 01282 455068 or email [email protected]

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