Boys Wheatley Championships 2018
Plymouth Swallows was host to the 2018 Wheatley championships and the boys were fine tuning their skills and eager to compete.
This competition was a level tier system in conjunction with their corresponding age band. In the first competition and due to an injured gymnast Plymouth did not have enough team members to justify a team so individual placing were on the agenda and they didn’t disappoint. Dylan Philpott performed at his best and with stand out performances on the floor, vault and parallel bars which he placed 5th out of 20 gymnasts. Meanwhile Alex Jones was consistent and with increased start values and top scoring on the floor and vault and then also having the second highest score on the rings and vault it was no surprise that he placed 1st overall.
An excellent achievement and hopefully with a fully fit team they can add the team trophy to their success.
Next up Plymouth had Calvin Harper, Joe Dennis and Hayden Woodhouse in the Level 6 Under 10 competition and with only 3 in a team every score counted. The boys started on vault and performed solid vault to give them the best possible opportunity for success. They carried on performing neat and accurate routines and overall these performances accumulated in 1st place for the Plymouth team. When the overall scores were displayed Joe Dennis placed in top spot gold medal position and with the highest scores on the pommel, rings and vault this was no surprise to everyone. Teammate Hayden was in bronze medal position and with new difficulty in his routines it was exciting to watch and we look forward to seeing these skills being perfected . Finally Calvin obtained the second highest pommel score which helped to secure the teams place on top of the podium.
The final section saw Eiger Swinscow, Jack Stewart and Jake Stanley in the Level 5 Under 12 competition. Again, with only three gymnasts every score counted but this time there were a few mistakes which proved to be costly. Nonetheless the boys can hold their heads up high with their performances. Eiger finished in 3rd place overall with the highest pommel score of the day, Jack Stewart earn himself the highest parallel bars score whilst Jake Stanley had the highest rings score. Overall there were many positives and we look forward to seeing this team back together early next year.