During March and April the Women’s Artistic Squad from The Meapa took part in the South East Regional Grades and Challenger qualifier competitions. The youngest competitors will be 8 this year.
In Grade 6 Eloise Gisby, Sophie Robinson & Darcy Cobb all passed their grade with distinction with Eloise finishing 4th and Sophie 5th.
Megan Carr-Taylor finished 3rd in Grade 4, with Katie Ridley winning Grade 3 and Erin winning Grade 2 all with distinction.
Jessica, Freya, Gemma and Holly all competed in their final Regional Grade 1 where Jessica came 1st with a distinction with Freya 3rd, Gemma 4th & Holly 5th.
The Challenge Qualifier also took place over the same weekend in March with Izzy Ings, Amelie, Jessica, Poppy, Izzy S & Caitlyn all competing solid routines and gaining the score required to compete at the National Challenge Cup in November.
April saw the Regional Competition for National and Compulsory Grades. This also acts as the regional qualifier for grades 4-1 where the top gymnasts progress to National Finals to represent their region in a National event.
In National Grade 5 Eva finished 3rd with distinction & Eliza passed with commended.
National 4 saw Lexi, Alyaana & Skye all pass their grade with Lexi finishing 4th and Aly 6th both with distinction.
In National 3 Chelsea & Bailey both passed with Chelsea finishing 3rd with distinction.
In National Grades 2 Amy finished 2nd with Distinction and Rojda 3rd.
National 1 saw the largest number of competitors for a number of years with Amelie securing 1st place with distinction and Sophia finishing 6th, with Emily & Jessica also passing their final grade.
In Compulsory grades Sienna finished 1st with Grace 2nd in compulsory 4 whilst compulsory 4 saw Aneta finished 5th with Dakota 6th. Izzy also competed well in compulsory 3 to finish 3rd.
Well done to Aneta, Izzy, Lexi, Chelsea, Amy, Rojda & Amelie who will all compete in National finals at Stoke-on-Trent in May whilst Alyaana and Sophia will be non-travelling reserves.
Over the 2 weekends, every gymnasts placing across all the grades are added together with the top club being awarded the Eileen Disley Trophy. The Meapa won this trophy for the second year running – we were an incredible 18 points ahead of the next club. This trophy is a testament to the work and dedication of the gymnasts and coaches within the club but it also has additional meaning for The Meapa as Eileen Disley was the founder of our club.