Once again Milton Keynes Gymnastics proved themselves to be one of the best clubs in the Region.

On Sunday the 6th of September Milton Keynes Gymnastics Centre played host to the Southern Region Men’s Setwork qualifiers, 100+ gymnasts from across the region travelled to Milton Keynes to take part in this competition. This was the first step for the boys to get selected for the chance to represent the South Region in the upcoming NDP National finals.

This competition in 2014 saw Milton Keynes got 6 boys qualified through to the finals so this year there were high expectations of the club in order to achieve the same result. 13 gymnasts attended the competition from the ages of 8-13 and all went in well prepared and confident. The morning competition saw 7 of our gymnasts successfully compete. In the Pre-Level competition Cameron Barnes, who was taking part in his first major competition, got himself 7th place after some impressive scores. In the same age group Eric Breslin scored a 57.80 and bagged himself a silver medal and leading the pack was Emilio Lagioia with a huge score of 59.50. These were the first 2 medals of the day. Michael Ward, who was also competing in his first completion, managed to fight away the nerves and hold his own with some impressive routines, scoring a big 8.90 on Vault. Michael competed in the Level 1 category which was one of the biggest categories throughout the day. The morning competition was also for the Level 2 gymnasts; Robert Missen, Alex Zervos & Cormac McCarthy. This group of gymnasts have all had previous success within the region so had to once again prove their capability. The results from this competition saw all three of the boys gain a place on the Southern Region squad and also the chance to go and represent the team in the National finals, all three of the boys placed in the Top 5, Cormac 4th, Alex 3rd and Robert in 2nd. Bringing the medal tally up to 4 so far!

The other 6 boys competed in the afternoon session of the competition. Joseph Taylor, Level 3, competed against 17 other boys scoring some huge scores with a 9.30 on Pommel and a near perfect 9.70 on Vault. All adding up to a 58.30 total and managing to gain 5th place overall. This brought him to the attention of the regional coach and has now gained him his place at the regional training camp and a second trial to make the squad for Nationals. In the Level 4 age group Max Lachugin competed his hardest and bagged a 4th place finish just 0.3 points behind a medal position. Max proved once again that he is amongst the best in the South and was selected to attend the finals again. Matthew Burnham competed in the Level 1 Elite category and showed what he was capable of by coming 6th overall in a competition of ten. By achieving this position Matthew also got the chance to attend the regional training camp and trial for his spot with in the team. Also in the elite category Daniel Goodwin and Kailen Ollier saw themselves against some tough competition and both of them pulling out the best routines that they could. Kailen ended the competition in 6th position and Daniel just ahead in 5th, both gaining the chance of a second trial in 4 weeks’ time. Our oldest competitor of the day, Leo Zervos was competing in the Level 5 Elite age group. Leo has previously been champion of the region and was once again able to show that can defeat the competition and come home with a gold medal after scoring a 59.40.

Alexander Leidlmair, Head Men’s Artistic coach at Milton Keynes Gymnastics, said “Coming away with 5 medals and 10 boys being selected to attend the Southern Region camp in October is something that I could not predict. Last year myself and the team were very happy with 1 medal and 6 gymnasts selected and for us to achieve what we did today is a huge success. I am very happy with all of the boys performances and couldn’t have wished for anything more!” All of the coaching staff at Milton Keynes Gymnastics would like to say Well Done to the gymnasts that competed in the competition and to the coaches that worked hard to achieve the results that they did. We hope that this success carries on and that they do well in the National finals later in the year.