Gymnasts from the Chippenham Moonraker Gymnastics Club picked up a gold and silver team medal at the recent final round of West Country League.
The West Country Leagues runs three matches across five divisions. Within each division are three leagues - A, B and C - of ascending difficulty requirements, and the best two results combine to give a final ranking position for the year.
Chippenham Moonraker currently competes in Division 3 at A and B level.
The A league gymnasts - Sophie Townsend, Ellie Kimber, Ellie Treacy, Freya Gleed, Emily Macklin-Day and Eva Falcone-Healy, all under 11 years of age, took the silver medal just behind Cardiff Olympic Gymnastics Club.
Emily Macklin-Day places third overall in the individual event, as well as third on the beam along with team mate Eva Falcone-Healy who also placed third on the vault.
Sophie Townsend placed third on the floor and Ellie Kimber first on the asymmetric bars. The very young team finished in fourth place over all in the division for 2015.
The B league team of Mia Wright, Maisie Russell, Kelsey Stokes, Katie Strange, Morgan Sanderson and Lauren Searle; whose ages range from 11 to 14 years; were sitting in joint first in the league along with Baskervilles of Bath took the gold medal in the match to become West Country League Champions for 2015.
Katie Strange also took the individual all around title along with first place on the floor and second place on the beam. Morgan Sanderson was third in the all around and Mia Wright second on the vault.
CMG won Wiltshire Sports Club of the Year in October, the club was nominated for its Community work with Schools and working with the Youth Area Network, the coaches work very hard not just at the club sites : Olympiad Chippenham and Springfield Campus, Corsham; but with Schools mentoring teachers, delivering gymnastic classes and organizing/running the Wiltshire School Games in Marlborough. The Annual event takes a great deal of work with the team fitting the competition and the normal gymnastic sessions all on the same day! Moving of the club floor has been turned into a fine art! The team has built great partnerships with the local Sports Development Team and the Wiltshire & Swindon Partnership.
Thank you to everyone who has supported CMG over the years that has helped us get to where we are today!
For the First time since the clubwas founded, Chippenham Moonraker Gymnastics had a representative competing as part of the National Performance Programmme at the South West age group
Nine year old Sophie Townsend competed at Level 4, lining up against clubs from across the South West who have history of producing international gymnasts and full time access to specialist training facilities.
On a historic day forthe club, Sophie performed extremely well across all apparatus to finish in 11th place overall, also placing sixth on the vault and eighth on the bars.
Coach Hanna West said "I couldn't be more proud of Sophie. She has worked really hard in the gym to get up to the level required to be able to take part"
Gymnasts from Chippenham Moonraker Gymnastics Club competed with great success at round two of the West Country League in Melksham. Moonraker entered teams into Division Three A and B
The West Country League comprises teams from across the South West of England as well as Wales. In the A League - where all team members must be under 11 years of age - the team of Ellie Kimber, Ellie Treacy, Sophie Townsend, Emily Macklin-Day, Freya Gleed and last minute injury replacement Amber Tiley performed their routines well across the compeition, finishing just outside the medal positions in fourth place. Ellie Treacy was particularly successful in the individual competition finishing second overall as well as second on the floor exercise.
The B League saw the team of Mia Wright, Maisie Russell, Kelsey Stokes, Katie Strange, Morgan Sanderson, and Lauren Searle secure the gold medal by a clear four point margin to sit on top of the League. Strange placed third in the all-around event, along with second on the asymmetric bars; wirh Stokes and Wright placing second and third on vault.
Chippenham Moonraker club took 54 gymnasts to the county Floor and Vault Championships in Melksham, reutning with 11 gold, fiver silver and two bronze medals.
In category A, the simplest level, Moonraker had nine sever-years olds flighting it out for the title.
Florrie Strange started the gold rush, with Summer Taylor adding silver and Kaitlyn Shone bronze.
Katherine Allday, Shawna Jones, Isabel Campbell, Madison Cox, Francesca Dipisa and Niamh Doherty also took part.
In Category B 8/9 years, Jocelyn Chillitupa claimed silver; with Emily Draper; Lauren Halliwell, Tamar Hibbert, Ellie Quaey and Imogen Waller presented with ribbons for placing fourth, fifth and
join sixth respectively and Megan Bates, Katie Shepperdson, Alannah Heneghan and Clara Black also competing well.
The 8/9 year old division in category C saw Chloe Searle places forth and Holly Parker sixth and Isobel Watt, Hermione Powell and Molly Warman also take part.
At 10/11 years Laura Findlay was sixth and the 12/13 year old group Charlotte Tate places forth, with Teigan Higgs joining her in the top 10. In the 14+ years groups MillIe Strange matched younger sister Florrie Strange with a gold medal.
In category D 8/9 years, Moonraker swept the top five places, Sophie Townsend taking the gold ahead of Ellie Treacy and Freya Gleed, Eva Falcone-Healy and Emily Macklin-Day.
In the 10/11 year old group Ellie Kimber was fourth. Amelia Scott fifth and Amber Tiley seventh.
The club took its third gold of the day in the 12/13 year old with Lauren Searle topping the podium. Oriana Powell was fourth and Maisie Russell sixth and they were joined by Charlotte Townsend,
Millie Ambler, Emma Rhodes, Grace Macklin-Day and Lizzie Drew.
The 14+ age group saw double gold for the club with Morgan Sanderson and Katie Strange tyring for the first place, all three Strange girls winning their individual compeitions. Ella Stiles was 10th.
The highest level of competition, category E, proved to be the most successful for Moonraker, who took the gold medal in all three age groups. At 10/11 years Mia Wright, took top spot, pipping club mate Kelsey Stokes, who finished with the silver medal. At 12/13 years Holly Hope took gold and Dominique Cator did likewaie at 14+ years level.
In the boys competition Isaac Vines took the gold medal in the 8/9 year old age group ahead of Callum Johnstonw who took the silver medal. Victor Baker also took the gold medal in thr 10/11 year old age group.
Many of you will know the two of our brave Committee members, Sue West and Rachel Belcher, undertook the not-unsubstantial challenge of walking all 87 miles of the Ridgeway over the August Bank Holiday weekend to raise money for both the Club and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
The ladies braved rain, cows and blisters the size of 2p coins to complete the walk over 5 days, starting the trek at the Ivinhoe Beacon on Friday 28th August and finishing 87 grueling miles later at 8.00pm on Tuesday 1st September.
Sue West and Rachel Belcher managded to raise just over £1000 which has been shared between Chippenham Moonraker Gymnastics Club and the Wiltshire Air Ambluance Service.
Well done ladies!
On Sunday 26th July CMG took a large group of gymnasts to Liberty Gymnastics Club in Frome to compete in their annual three-piece competition. In round one the gymnasts competed on the floor, vault and trampette and included a group of 3 very young gymnasts making their competitive debuts.
In the 5 year old age group, debutant Lucy Barnard put a nervous start on the floor behind her to finish in fourth place overall; with the top score on the trampette and third place on the vault. In the 6 year old age group, Emmy Tayler was the standout performer taking the top scores on the vault, trampette and overall events; whilst Amber Nixon placed second on trampette and 5th overall.
In the 8 year old age group, Imogen Waller came straight from Brownie Camp to finish in first place overall as well as on the vault and trampette events. At 9 years old CMG took a clean sweep in the all around competition, Holly Parker taking the gold medal along with first place on the vault and trampette, third place on floor. Hermione Powell took the silver medal overall, also placing second on the floor and third on both vault and trampette. Megan Bates took the bronze medal in the overall competition but was the top scorer on floor in the age group.
Round two saw the female gymnasts tackle the floor, vault and bars competition; whilst the boys competed on floor vault and trampette. In the 10 year old boys age group, Callum Johnstone took the top spot on the vault and the bronze medal in the overall competition, with Isaac vines just behind with third place finishes on vault and trampette and fourth overall.
In the girls event, 6 year old Katherine Allday placed first on vault; second on bars and third in the overall competition. In the 7 year old age group the standard was extremely high; Florrie Strange was the top placed CMG competitor with third place on the floor exercise and fourth place overall. Emily Draper was fourth on the vault and ninth overall; with newcomer Shawna Jones showing great composure in her first competition to place twelfth overall.
Round three saw our most experienced group of gymnasts compete on the floor, vault and bars events. In the 9 year old age group Laura Findlay performed well to place fifth on both bars and floor and sixth overall. At 11 years of age Emma Rhodes placed second on both vault and bars but was in a class of her own on floor to take the top spot as well as the gold medal in the overall event. In the 13 year old age group Oriana Powell swept the board placing first on all three apparatus and overall. Finally the 12 year olds ended the day with a clean sweep for CMG. Charlotte Townsend took the all around gold medal along with first on bars and second on both vault and floor. Jenny Francklin took the silver medall overall, but was the top scorer on floor backed up with third place finishes on vault and bars. Grace Macklin-Day rounded out the all around podium taking the bronze medal, placing first on vault and third on floor.
A big thank you to the coaches and judges who represented the club at the competition; and to all the parents and coaches who supported the gymnasts in the preparation and in getting them to the venue to compete!
During the week of the 15th to 21st of June, all members of Chippenham Moonraker Gymnastics club took part in our first sponsored tumble event to raise money towards purchasing new equipment for the club. From the youngest 4 year olds who bunny hopped and forwards rolled around the gym to the top squad groups who back-flipped their way to some impressive totals, everyone gave their best and had a great time doing it.
With the money all collected now we are proud to announce that we raised a whopping £2800 which will go towards new safety matting and other items in the near future.
There were prizes on offer for the gymnasts who raised the most money individually in both recreational and competition streams. In the recreational group the top fundraiser was Amelia Knight, pictured right with some of her classmates. Amelia raised £203 by setting up a crowd funding page to help people sponsor her. In the competition groups, the top fundraiser was Kelsey Stokes who raised £235. Kelsey is pictured above with the A, B and C Squad gymnasts. Both gymnasts were presented with their prizes in their sessions.
Once again, well done to everyone who took part and raised money to help the club develop; and to everyone who helped during the sponsored tumble week, timing and counting moves.
Twenty gymnasts from the Chippenham Moonraker Gymnastics Club competed at the Wiltshire Levels Championships.
At level five, the lowest level of the competition, 8-year old Eva Falcone-Healy won the silver medal, while Ellie Treacy took the gold medal in the 9 and 10 year old age group, backed up by Sophie Townsend, Ellie Kimber and Freya Gleed in fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively. Emily Macklin-Day placed seventh and Amber Tiley 10th.
In the 11 and 12 year old age group, Millie Ambler was fourth and Charlotte Townsend fifth, with Megan Jones seventh and Emma Rhodes ninth.
At level five 13 and 14 year old age group, Jenny Francklin won the silver with Oriana Powell sixth. Kelsey Stokes took bronze with Mia Wright fourth in the level four 10 and 11 age division.
At 12 years and over, Katie Strange took silver ahead of Morgan Sanderson who took the bronze, Lauren Searle was sixth, with Maisie Russell seventh and Holly Hope eighth.
On Sunday 7th June CMG sent two teams to participate in the first round of the West Country League competition. The club competes in Division three of four, with representatives in the A and B Leagues. In the A League a team of four young gymnasts - Ellie Treacy, Sophie Townsend, Ellie Kimber and Emily Macklin-Day - had to work very hard being two team members short due to illness and had to count all of their scores towards the team total. Despite some very good performances from all of the girls, a few mistakes on the day had to be counted in the final total and the girls finished in fourth place, just outside of the medals.
The B League team performed some really good gymnastics across the afternoon competition; and with a full team of six competing had the luxury of dropping two scores on each apparatus should there be mistakes. This meant a number of new skills were tried out, and whilst not all were successfully completed, the team gained valuable competition experience with the more difficult elements in their routines. The team finished in a clear silver medal position only a single point away from the gold medal and an improvement on last year's highest finiish of third place in the division.
On Sunday 31st May 20 gymnasts took part in the Wiltshire Grades event in Melksham. At Grade 4, the three youngest gymnasts taking part competing extremely well in their first real competition with Mia Pardoe and Katherine Allday passing their grades and Florrie Strange achieving a distinction. At Grade 3, a large group of gymnasts performed beautifully, all passing the grade - Beatrice Carrington, Jocelyn Chillitupa, Emily Draper, Amber Tiley, Laura Findlay, Isobel Watt, Katie Shepperdson, Holly Parker and Chloe Searle - and with Eva Falcone-Healy being awarded a distinction.
In the later session, Emily Macklin-Day and Teigan Higgs achieved the pass standard for Grade 2, with Freya Gleed also passing the grade with a distinction. At Grade 1, Tegan Seed achieved a pass. At Pre-Level, the hardest grade, Mabel Smaller and Amelia Scott were both awarded a pass.
WELL DONE EVERYONE! Thank you to the club coaches and judges who also represented the club across the day.
On Sunday 15th March Chippenham Moonraker Gymnastics sent four teams to the Wiltshire Team Championships at the Wiltshire School of Gymnastics in Melksham. All four teams were successful in their events winning two County Team titles and taking the runner up spot in the other two events.
The Under 9 team of Freya Gleed, Emily Macklin-Day, Ellie Treacy and Eva Falcone-Healy were the first team to triumph taking the gold medal in the division with a total score of 127.650 from the four pieces of apparatus. Emily Macklin-Day topped the all around competition ahead of Gleed in second and Treacy in third, with Macklin-Day also taking the top spot on each individual piece of apparatus.
In the Under 11 section Sophie Townsend, Mia Wright, Kelsey Stokes and Ellie Kimber showed a good level of skill across all apparatus and finished in a clear silver medal position with 138.70 points. Mia Wright finished in second place in the all around standings with Kelsey Stokes the top score on the floor.
The Under 13 section saw the closest result of the day with the CMG team of Lauren Searle, Maisie Russell, Jenny Francklin, Millie Ambler and Emma Rhodes just missing out on the team title scoring 142.550 for the silver medal to the winning teams total of 143.00. Lauren Searle placed third in the all around competition just ahead of Jenny Francklin in fourth.
The Over 13 team were defending the title they had won in 2014 and were successful in their defence. Dominique Cator, Katie Strange and Morgan Sanderson took the gold medal with a total score of 139.95; two full points ahead of the silver medallists. Dominique Cator took the top spot in the all around competition, as well as on vault, bars and floor; Katie Strange placed third in the all around, with Morgan Sanderson taking second place on floor.
Seven CMG gymnasts took part in the South West Springboard championships at the Wiltshire School of Gymnastics on 1st March with a good degree of success.
Competing in the 9/10 year old division with 63 gymnasts taking part, Ellie Treacy was steady across the entire competition to place an impressive 13th overall despite having a few problems on the beam. Sophie Townsend and Ellie Kimber also took part showing good work but again suffering from the wobbles on beam to finish in 44th and 51st position overall respectively.
In the 11/12 year old division Mia Wright and Kelsey Stokes; neither of whom turn 11 until later in the year and competing against gymnasts almost 2 years older; both had a clean competition across all apparatus to finish in 6th and 10th position overall, again with almost 60 competitors in their age group. Both girls were particularly impressive on beam and floor exercise, just missing out on individual apparatus placings.
In the 13/14 year old competition Dominique Cator placed 4th in the all around event with a solid performance with no major errors across all apparatus. Dom was rewarded with the bronze medal on the floor exercise. Morgan Sanderson grew in confidence as the competition progressed and finished in a good 10th place all around with a 4th place finish on the vault.