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Meet our Team GB squad members off to Worlds

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This weekend two teamGBof our gymnasts, Ella Wilkinson and Bethany Williamson, are flying off to Daytona, Florida to represent Great Britain at the F.I.G. World Age Group Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT Championships in DMT (Double Mini Trampoline).  This event is the pinnacle of achievement for this sport and to be selected for your country a great honour. World Championships are split into two parts: World Championships and World Age Group Championships. The first is the senior event where the best in the world will be competing this week. The latter is for those gymnasts who are not yet seniors and is divided into several age groups 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18.
Selections for the British squad are very rigorous. First Bethany and Ella had to compete at several Galas around the country in order to qualify for British Championships which were held at the Echo Arena in September.  Bethany came first in the Elite Level Women’s 15-16 age group with a staggering 9.3 point lead over second place. Ella, in the Elite 13-14 group put in a solid performance to claim bronze.  Most importantly this allowed both Bethany and Ella to attend the second trial for Worlds at Lilleshall (BG’s home) the weekend after. While we’re on the subject, Bethany’s sister, Lauren, also claimed gold in the Elite 17-18 category (unfortunately there were no places at World’s for that group so her opportunity to go was ended early).
At the second qualifying weekend they were put through their paces and had to show they could produce routines that were World class and that they could do this repeatedly. The next week was a long and nervous wait until the announcement came out the following Saturday. Fortunately they had impressed the selectors enough to be awarded a spot on the GB team! After that the hard work was far from over. They both had to return to Lilleshall for another weekend of training and a final “bootcamp” week during October half term to prepare. Now finally the girls have got their GB kit and will be heading down to Gatwick this weekend to fly out with the rest of the squad to Florida ready to compete next week.
We all hope you can join us in congratulating Ella and Bethany in their fantastic achievement and wish them a large GOOD LUCK for the coming week. Also big congratulations to the coaches at DRILL who got them there. Hopefully you can follow them, at least in spirit, although a lot of you would no doubt love to spend a week in Florida at the competition supporting them!
Once again GOOD LUCK Bethany and Ella.


North West Championships 2013

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After a very successful (but long weekend) at the North West Championships, here are some of the results.

Ladies- Amy and Charlie- Champions
Girls- Chloe and Lucy- Champions
Men- Matt and Chris- Champions

O15 Ladies- Charlie 2nd, Amy 3rd, Team 1st
O15 Men- Matt 5th
U15 Girls- Ella 2nd with Lucy and Chloe also making the final. Team medal
U15 Boys- Iain made the final
U12 Boys- Jordan made the final

Individual Trampoline:
O19 Ladies- Rebecca 5th, Anna 6th
O19 Men- Matt 4th
U19 Girls- Amy 2nd, Charlie 3rd
U15 Girls- Chloe 2nd, Ella 5th, team medal with Lucy

Elite Trampoline:
Ladies- Amy and Charlie made the final and team medal with Anna
Men- Matt 6th
Girls- Chloe 3rd and Ella made the final and team medal with Lucy and Cara

Sorry to those that have may been missed out, but congratulations to all competitors, coaches and volunteers. A fantastic weekend!!
However, the performance of the day came from a very special person…

Drill in the Liverpool Echo

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This Friday the Liverpool Echo did a feature on how we are flourishing two years after we saved it from closure. It also promotes our recent successes in Trampolining, Gymnastics and Cheerleading. Click on the picture to see a scan of the article.Drill_Echo_Article_Small

Success at Trampoline, DMT & Tumbling British Championships

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British Championships 2013

This weekend saw many of our Trampoline Squad head down to the LG Arena in Birmingham to compete in the British Trampoline, DMT & Tumbling Championships. This event is the crowning achievement of the many galas around the country that they have attended in an attempt to qualify. On Saturday all of the gymnasts compete in the preliminaries an attempt to get into the top 8 who then have to compete again on Sunday in a bid for medal glory. All our gymnasts performed brilliantly (see below) but special mention to our medalists :

Becca Blacklock and Matt Burton Nat C Ladies and Mens (19+) DMT British Champions!!!
Sean Carroll Nat C U19 Trampoline British Champion!
Ella Wilkinson Nat C U15 DMT Silver medalist!

Full results from this weekends Trampoline British Championships:

Nat C DMT:
U15 Girls- Ella 2nd, Chloe 5th
U19 Girls- Amy 4th, Sian 6th
O19 Ladies- Becca 1st, Anna 12th
O19 Men- Matt 1st
Fig B DMT:
O15 Ladies- Charlie – 15th
O15 Men- Jacob 11th, Sean 24th
Fig A Ladies- Hanna 4th

Nat C Trampoline:
U15 Girls- Chloe 29th
U17 Girls- Amy 20th
U19 Girls- Charlie 17th
U19 Boys- Sean 1st
O19 Ladies- Becca 14th

U19 Boys- Jacob and Sean 4th
O19 Men- Matt and Chris 5th

A brilliant weekend by all, so well done to all competitors, coaches, judges and those who helped at the event on behalf of our club !!!

Drill Family Barbeque

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BBQ2SOn Wednesday July 10th at Wirral Country Park (Thurstaston, CH61 0HN) we will be holding our annual Drill summer barbeque.

The barbeque starts from 5:30 until around 8:30pm and the cost is £2 each or £5 for the whole family. If you want to come please sign on the sheet at training with numbers coming or email Cathy (cath.page  @ ntlworld.com). Bring a plate, cup, spoon and fork and we will bring the food.

DMT Golds at Cardiff Gala 2013

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This weekend was the welsh gala in Cardiff, always a good venue, and this time the club came away with 3 golds and a silver in Double Mini. Amy Catherall in the NAT C Under 19L, Rebecca Blacklock in the Nat C 019L, and Sean Carroll in the Nat C U19M. Meanwhile in Fig A Ladies Hanna Moses came away with a Silver! She performed 4 x double double (that is a double somersault on the mount or spotter and a double somersault off ) and landed them all in the box. She didn’t win as the girl just above her had greater tariff, but a really solid performance. The two of them were 12 whole points above the competitors.

British Schools Trampolining Final

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Last weekend saw the British Schools Trampolining Final held at the Chase Leisure Centre in Cannock. Although the kids bounce for their schools we had 6 of our girls competing. Bethan, Chloe, Lucy and Katie competed in the U13 Girls Elite competition where we saw Bethan coming in first place and Chloe 7th. Chloe, Lucy, Katie (together with Ellie Parr from Liverpool) claimed 3rd place in the team competition. Charlie, competing in the U19 Elite, came in 3rd and Issy Simpson, came 5th in the U15 Novice category. Well done to everyone!

North West Grades

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We had some good(ish) results at the Trampoline and DMT Grades this weekend.

Saturday- DMT – Both Lucy and Katie Fraine qualified for NAT C DMT. Lucy won the Under 15 overall but unfortunately only 2nd in the zero final. Katie won on zero final

Sunday – Trampoline.
Katie Fraine qualified and got the automatic jump to E.

F grade –
Ella Wilkinson jumped excellently and jumped up to D

D grade – Matt Burton jumped well and qualified to Nat C

Well done to coaches for their efforts.

Bath Gala

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Another successful weekend at the latest Gala in Bath this weekend.

Chloe – jumped magnificently to finish 4th in the Under 15 Girls (Nat C). She qualified for Nationals and got a promotion offer to Fig B
Bethan completed her new vol in the Under 15 girls (Fig B) and was second going into the final but didn’t manage to repeat it in the final so dropped a few places.
Anna – completed both routines but didn’t manage to qualify
Jacob – completed 3 routines, finished 4th but didn’t manage to qualify
Sean – had a crisis of confidence when seeing the standard of his peers in the U19 Fig B competition and crashed on his vol

Synchro –
Sean and Jacob completed two routines and finished 2nd in the Under 19 boys synchro
Bethan and Bethany Williamson finished 3rd in the Under 15 Girls synchro
Amy Catherall and Charlie Simms finished 8th in the U19 girls synchro
All got points towards competing at Nationals

Matt Burton – qualified for Nationals and won the over 19 Nat C and got promotion to Fig B
Anna Mackie – qualified for Nationals and got promotional offer and finished 4th
Jacob Chan – qualified for Nationals and got promotional offer and won the U19 Nat C
Amy Catherall – had already qualified for Nationals did so again and finished 2nd
Hanna Moses – qualified for Nationals and was second in the Fig A ladies
Bethan Williams – won the under 15 Fig B – she had previously qualified for Nationals.
Charlie Simms and Sean both dropped a pass so didn’t qualify for Nationals.