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2017 SW Regional Qualifiers Boys

It was that time of year again that the competitive boys from Plymouth Swallows gymnastics club were aiming to place within the top 6 gymnasts within the region in order to represent the South West region at the National Finals which is held in Birmingham. The levels range from 0-6 and with only 12 boys representing Plymouth it goes to show how difficult this competition is.
Calvin Harper was the only representative from Plymouth in the level 0 competition which bizarrely enough has the same rules as the level 1 competition so therefore it is extremely challenging. Calvin competed with determination but a few uncharacteristic errors placed him down the ranking but nonetheless it is a great achievement and we can only see progress for the following year.
The level 1 competition had a bulk of gymnasts and it was a pleasure to see all the gymnasts had shown huge progression from their last competition. Hayden Woodhouse, placed 18th in the region with him teammate Joe Dennis just above in 17th place. Jack Stewart had a couple of errors but still competed well and finished in 12th place but James Gale competed excellently well with accuracy and consistency whilst performing classy routines and the end result is that he finished in 6th place and is therefore going to the National Finals in Birmingham.
Jake Stanley was in the level 2 competition and again did exactly what he does in training and did himself proud. Jake has just recently stepped up his hours of training and we expect more success from him in the future. Well done Jake on a good competition.
Plymouth had three competitors in the level 3 competition, Eiger Swanscow had four decent routines but with grade mistakes being so costly the slightest error can easily push your overall score lower quickly. Even so, placing 8th in the region is still a great result. Marley Tyndall is no stranger to the grade routines and with his experience and determination he managed to put solid routines together to place 4th overall and therefore obtaining a place to compete in the national finals. His teammate Freddie Falconer surpassed expectation and with the highest scores on floor, rings and physical preparation it was fabulous news that he finished in second place overall and congratulations on a brilliant result.
Reuben Hart also qualified and placed 3rd in his category with consistently neat and tidy routines but his stand out physical preparation routine was a class above. Reuben has focused on his weaknesses and we are so pleased with his dedication and effort in training.
George Falconer who has always been such a role model to his peers could not produce what he has done in years gone by and will unfortunately miss out on the national finals this year however we are sure that he will get back to training and will come back stronger.
The last competitor and in the final year of the grade system was Conner Blake, Conner was going into the competition with a few injuries so we weren’t sure of the outcome. Conner competed new skills, had a few errors and overcame personal targets so therefore it was a delight when he finished 2nd. Well done Conner and we look forward to the national finals.
Many congratulations to all those who competed in the regional qualifiers, it is indeed a hugely difficult competition and we are always so delighted with the effort and dedication the gymnasts continue to give. Well done to both the gymnasts and the continued help and support the parents give to their training.