Brentwood Open competition is the first competition of the season since
the summer break. Usually
it’s a warm up for either regionals or nationals later in the month. But this time it was also the first competition using the new
competition structure. Everyone
was using new routines and new age groups, based on Balyi’s Long-term
development plan (LTAD). Which
aims to remove the pressure of competition from younger children, and
encourage national technical priorities.
FIG B Nick Ledwold was our only competitor, to make things harder for
him his group was combined with the higher FIG A competitors also.
However he handled this added pressure well and produced some
good routines. In the
voluntary’s he finished in 2nd place, however he finished
in 3rd place overall as the form marks in his compulsory set
routine let him down slightly.
National C Lauren Doherty was trying out a new, harder voluntary
routine. She made a good
start with her compulsory set routine, but struggled during her
voluntary which left her down in 7th place over all.
Regional D Clara Williams showed her usual good form in both her
routines. The voluntary
routine didn’t quite go according to plan, but with her experience in
competing she was able to cover this and finish the routine.
Finishing in 4th place she narrowly missed out on a
medal. Lee Meakin is still
getting back into shape after nearly a year away from trampolining.
He started well and was in 1st place after his
compulsory set routine. However
his voluntary routine wasn’t so well controlled and an error at the
end left him in 10th place overall.
Regional E Laura Burns is showing fantastic improvement.
Both her routines are much harder than when she last competed in
June. She demonstrated good
form and handled the challenge very well.
It was an incredibly close group.
Laura just missed out on a medal in 4th place, but was
only 0.5 away from 1st place.
She’ll be looking at repeating today’s performance at the
regional grading in a couple of weeks time.
Regional G Tate Henocq also demonstrated great improvement.
She’s been working a lot on her form and this showed in both
her routines. Within a
massive group she did incredibly well to finish in 5th place.
She will also be hoping to repeat today’s performance at the
regional grading. And finally, Joseph Pridmore was another performer who showed
good improvement. There
were a couple of wobbly routines during his warm-up, but he saved the
best one for when it mattered. Leaving
him in 3rd place after the compulsory set routine.
However an error during his voluntary routine left him in 7th