Women’s Artistic Grades Season

The 2015 Women’s Artistic Grading season is now coming to an end with just the National Compulsories to go so it seems like the right time to bring you some highllights of the Alton Girls events this year.

This has been a long season which started back in February when Alton entered gymnasts in the County leg of the Club and Regional Grades.

Jasmine & Lexi

The season sprung into swing with the the Regional Grade 4 competition.  The two Alton contenders came away with Commendations under their belts, after performing clean routines and some great expression on floor.

The very next day, it was the turn of our Grade 6, 5 and 3’s.

Grade 6

Our Grade 6 team were our youngest competitors, some of them not quite 8 yet, this was their first competition representing the club.  An amazing result for these 4 little girls, 2 passing with Commendation and 2 with Distinction.  It goes without saying that they worked their socks of to prepare and all seemed to thoroughly enjoy the challenge!

At Grades 5 and 3, the girls brought home another compliment of Commendations, a real acheivement for the team.  We are seeing some mature performances from the older gymnasts who are now beginning to develop their own styles on Floor and Beam.  The Gymnasts did themselves and their coaches proud with their approach and professionality at the event.

Jemima

A few weeks later was the Regional leg of the National Grades.  Our National Grade 4 gymnast took to the arena, successfully completing and passing this very challenging Grade.  A fairly new addition to the team, she handled herself and the competition extremely well - its a pretty big deal being the sole representative of your club!

Congratulations to all the Women’s Artistic Girls who competed this year, another great job well done!

Apologies we do not have pictures of the Grade 3 girls at this event (I think they were being camera shy!?)

So now the grades are over for another year, what’s in store for the Women’s Artistic Squad?  Well, of course we have their performances at the Summer Sizzler Gymnastics Display to look forward to, and I think you are going to be impressed with the progress and overall standard of this lovely group.  They are working hard to balance this with preparation for the new elements they will need to have for their next grades… it may be nearly a year away but with such high standards they have to have the skills well in advance in order to then perfect them and get them competition-ready.

We are also pleased to be entering a selection of Artistic gymnasts in the Hamphire County Levels in July.  This is a great opportunity for the gymnasts to develop skills outside of the grading criteria and gives a welcome additional opportunityto compete particularly for some of the odler gymnasts who were out of action at the time of the Grades.  Great to see these girls back in training and we’re looking forward to see what they pull out at this event.