Collective development is key
Brian Le Roux, head coach of the Bermuda Gymnastics Association, hailed the Bermuda Challenge competition as major success in his aspiration of developing the sport on island.
The competition, held at BGA in St Davids, pitted the island’s top gymnasts from the host club and visiting Quality Gymnastics, with girls and boys competing across different skill levels.
While Le Roux enjoyed the healthy rivalry between the clubs, he highlighted the shared ambition of developing the island’s gymnasts as a whole as the main objective of the local competitions.
“From my point of view the competition was a major success. All the children are developing really well and it maintains our plans for growing gymnastics on island,” he said. “It was also great to see the camaraderie between the clubs and that sort of competition is very health for the development of all the gymnasts.
“We are building a relationship with Quality Gymnastics and the two clubs share the same philosophy. Our main focus is to see the children develop.
“Competing overseas can be really expensive so if we are able to host more of our own competitions it is really beneficial for the two clubs. It was definitely missions accomplished from my point of view.”
An all BGA contested girls Level 2 was won by Lillian Masters ahead of Eira Wernbo, Elena Bortoli and Katie Adams.
At Level 3, Mackenzie Kowalski came out on top, with Gabby Smith and Zen Joseph completing the podium. All three competitors at Bronze Level were from Quality, with Shannon Fischer taking the honours ahead of club-mates Sadie Hocking and Victoria Smatt.
Top spot in Silver Level was shared between Quality team-mates Alexandra Daniel and Eva Trott with second place going to Hannah Dill, narrowly ahead of Gloria Candiolo.
Quality also prevailed in the Level 4 competition, where Ajana Patton finished ahead of BGA’s Jasmine Maries and Hatleigh Cherry. In an all BGA contested Level 4 boys’ competition, Oliver Cherry came out on top, narrowly ahead of Cole Graham and Joseph Lau.
Only two gymnasts competed in the girls’ Level 5 with Carina Bortoli finishing just ahead of BGA club-mate Makayla Abbott, while Alex Wernbo was the sole boy to compete in the boys’ competition at that level.
Three Quality gymnasts competed in the girls’ Gold Level with Kateri Zuill prevailing ahead of Isabella Stowe and Saimya Grimes.
In the boys’ Level 6 competition Arman Newton claimed victory beating BGA club-mates Christian Hanawell and Gianluca Bortoli, the girls’ competition at the same level Azalea Pontes clinched victory over fellow Quality competitor Avani Patton with BGA’s Ella Newton completing the top three.
There was also a shared top spot in all BGA girls’ Level 7 between Tse Burgess and Bethany Cooze ahead of Bethany Cooze and Sanaa Simmons.
BGA’s Bailey Boyd was the sole female competitor at Level 8, while club-mate Anna Francour was the only entrant at Level 10.
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