Quality Gymnastics prepared a group of 13 gymnasts on compulsory and optional levels to represent Bermuda at the Presidential Classic 2023 Competition, in Orlando, Florida.
This event took place at the ESPN World Wide of Sports on Feb 17th to 20th, and hosted more than 4000 athletes from all over the World.
On Saturday 18th Alyssa Andrews Xcel Gold, finished 2nd place All Around, 2nd place floor and uneven bars, 4th place vault. She had a really confident performance.
On Sunday we had the girls on the compulsory program competing (ages 7 to 11yo). For Level 1 Aela Fraser 3rd place vault and 4th bars, 8th all around. Isabella Daniels 5th on beam and Lily Hall 8th on beam, these last 2 gymnasts placing on top 11 of their division. It was their first time competing, and also in an international setting.
For Level 2 Aleyah Pacheco placed 3rd All Around in her division with 37.3750 points, 3rd beam and 2nd floor. Abigail Maringi 2nd vault and 9th All Around. Madison Monkman and Annie Archibald placed top 12 All Around in their division. Sasha Maringi and Emma Raposo placed 13th and 15th All Around respectively. We got very positive feedback from the judges on their artistic presentation.
For Level 3 all of our gymnasts placed in the top 10 of their division. Shannon Fischer got 7th on vault and balance beam, and 8th All Around. Ashanti Darko 6th place on vault, 9th place All Around. Elena Bortoli 5th place on vault and 10th All Around.
This was our second competition overseas this season in preparation for the National Championships. A major competition. And a terrific experience.
Having visited Bermuda clubs many times over the past 7 years, one thing has become clear — it’s difficult to hire new coaches. And it’s challenging to keep good coaches.
It’s an expensive nation. Out somewhere in the Atlantic. 😀 And many young people leave for continuing education, some not returning.
Coaching is a topic close to my heart. I edit the most popular site online — GymnasticsCoaching.com — and I lead coach education workshops for Gymnastics Canada and the International Gymnastics Federation.
My best advice for Bermuda clubs is to put a high priority on supporting your coaches.
Be clear and comprehensive in your contracts with both full-time and part-time employees. For example, what hours will be paid when coaches are at competitions?
Bermuda Gymnastics Association coach Anna Balada was pleased with the performance at a big competition with top gymnasts.
Tse Burgess, who was competing at level 8 for the first time in an overseas competition, claimed first place overall. …
… Burgess was one of 15 gymnasts from Bermuda action in Florida and Balada was impressed, particularly with eight young members of the team competing at Xcel Silver level in their very first overseas competition.
Eva Wright gave a dazzling performance to clinch first place after finishing first on beam, second on bars and third on vault. Eira Wernbo also claimed a place on the podium after finishing second on beam, while Isobel Stones narrowly missed out when fifth in the vault competition.
There were also encouraging displays from McKenna Redcliffe, Aleia Mascarenhas, Chantal Cheng, Nicole Burrows and Cassandra Mayers. …
Elsewhere at level 7, Ajana Patton claimed a fourth-place finish on vault, while Sean Lawrence finished fifth on the floor. …
There was also strong showings from the remaining four gymnasts in the Xcel Gold Division.
Chief among them was Hayleigh Cherry who finished fourth overall, having claimed a third-place finish on the floor and a fourth on the beam. Maddie Bigley finished second on the bars, Helena Baille finished fourth on floor and Lexi Daniel did likewise on the vault on her way to a sixth-place finish overall. …
Coach Anna Balada heaped praise on her gymnastics squad after a stellar performance competing at the Daytona Beach Open.
Competing in their first overseas event in two years, the seven-strong squad made up of Ella Younie, Ella Newton, Ben Mello, Carina Bortoli, Kennedy Kowalski and Abby and Katie Adams produced some dazzling displays.
Leading the way was Newton, who finished an incredible third of 85 competitors in level 7 after claiming victory on the bars as well a second on the floor and third on the beam.
She was joined in level 7 competition by Younie, who enjoyed a notable second place on bars on her way to fourth place overall in her age category.
Mello, the only male competitor in the travelling party enjoyed a fantastic meet …