Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics 16.4.11

17 04 2011

Covered this competition for British Gymnastics in Glasgow.

Racea is the womens Champion.

16/04 – The women’s event took place today in front of a sell out crowd in the Kelvin Hall arena. There were some strong contenders in the group but with a lot of falls counted, the medal places were fought right to the finish. Racea (ROU) took the top spot after a clean all-around performance showing composure throughout. Lopez (VEN) took the Silver medal position with consistent scores on all pieces. The young Romanian Haidu grabbed the Bronze despite two falls, performing an energetic floor routine to secure her place in the top 3. Britain’s Hannah Whelan finished in 5th, with some good work but unfortunate falls that left her outside the medals. Jennifer Pinches also from Great Britain finished in 8th, she ended with a solid performance on floor but earlier mistakes proved to be costly.

Britain’s Daniel Purvis takes the men’s title!

16/04 – The Men’s competition at the Glasgow World Cup all-around contained a lot of experienced gymnasts that all had the potential to take home a medal. Dan Purvis (GBR) gave a superb performance throughout to claim the Gold medal in front of a supportive home crowd. Purvis was closely followed by the recently crowned European Champion, Phillip Boy (GER), whose fall on Vault cost him the title. The bronze went to Rafael Martinez from Spain who performed some exciting routines to please the crowd. Britain’s Sam Hunter finished down in 8th position whilst wildcard Daniel Keating’s (GBR) used the competition to enter back onto the World stage following a serious knee injury, although he could not be counted in the overall rankings, Keatings put in a very promising performance- 87.366. (From BG Website copyright BG)

Hannah Whelan of GB at the Glasgow World cup

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European Gymnastics Championships Berlin 5.4.11 – 10.4.11

15 04 2011

Travelled to Berlin to cover these Championships for British Gymnastics. Enjoyed my week in Berlin and success again for Britain with Beth Tweddle capturing the Gold Medal on bars. Daniel Purvis took Bronze in the Mens All Around finals.

Beth Tweddle on Winners Podium

Daniel Purvis in action for GB

Hannah Whelan in action for GB

Marcel Nguyen in action for Germany

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Latest work for British Gymnastics

3 04 2011

Covered two National Competitions for British Gymnastics in the last couple of weeks. The first was The Compulsory Level Two Competition at Park Road in Liverpool.I have been covering this event now since 2001. Park Road Gymnastics centre is a great venue and the home of Beth Tweddle and  current British Champion Hannah Whelan. Lighting is not great but cameras have improved since 2001 and now with the D3 shooting at 2500 iso produces almost grain free photos. I find you need to get the exposure spot on and take a manual white balance reading though.

Split Leap on Beam

Teal Grindle centre 2011 Champion

The British Acrobatics Championships held at Fenton Manor in Stoke produced a great weekend of gymnastics. Here is a brief report from the BG ”

Sunday, 27th March:  The two day 2011 British Acrobatic Gymnastics Championship saw tough competition for the titles particularly in the Junior and Age Group levels, plenty of new high quality routines across all disciplines and some very promising new Senior partnerships. The Senior men’s pair title went to Adam McAssey & Edward Upcott (Heathrow), both 2010 World Champions; Adam- in the men’s group and Edward- in the men’s pair, and both – members of the phenomenal “Spelbound”.

Heathrow’s competitors were unbeatable also in the women’s groups (Liliana Walduck, Casey Morrison, Hollianne Wood); in the mixed pairs (Chris Rogers & Amber Campbell-White) and the women’s pairs (Alanna Baker & Poppy Spalding).

The 2011 title in the “classic” Acro-discipline, the men’s four, belongs to Deerness Valley (Richard Hurst, Dorian Walker, Matthew Evison, and Jesse Heskett).

These Championships served also as the first stage of the European trials with another two to be held in June and July, prior to the 2011 European Championships in Varna, Bulgaria, in October.

“One of the most positive features of this event was the tough challenge in the mixed pairs, women’s pairs and the women’s groups in the Junior and Age Group levels. There is obviously a lot to be done to improve and polish the performances, but as a whole the competition exceeded my expectations”, said the BG National coach Toshko Pavlov.”

Action from the British Acrobatics Championships

Action from the British Acro Championships

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A Varied Week

3 04 2011

What makes my job so interesting is that no two days are the same. Last week for example: It started with a job for my London Agency and involved covering the arrivals for a Hollyoaks party in the the Blue Bar in Liverpool. The weather was wet and cold and keeping the camera dry was a problem. As usul I for got to bring my camera rain cover and had to resort to a plastic bag I had in the car. Anyway the job lasted for two hours and despite the rain the celebs turned out in style.

Victoria Atkin and Saira Choudhry pose for a photo

Next up was photographing an Inaugural Lecture at Liverpool Hope University. I have covered several of these before and tonight it was the turn of Professor Chris Atkin.In this lecture Professor Atkin argued that the multi-functional nature which has long been a defining characteristic of adult and continuing education has become dominated by human capital theory linked to very specific notions of employability. Professor Atkin drew on a decade of research in adult skills development in rural communities to stress the importance of education in promoting opportunity and the development of civil society.

Well I don’t really have a chance to listen to the lecture as I find it hard to concentrate while being on the look out  for good photos. The leture went down well with the audience and below is a shot taken from the back of the Senate room with a 400 2.8 Nikon telephoto lens.

Professor Chris Atkin delivers his Inaugural Lecture at Liverpool Hope University

Professor Chris Atkin delivers his Inaugural Lecture at Liverpool Hope University.

On to Southport Floral Hall next for an evening performance by Sefton Music Services in aid of the Mayors Charity Fund. A packed Floral Hall saw some great performances. Very challenging for photography. The  centre of the stage was lit by some powerful spot lights, leaving the sides in the dark. Three stops difference in exposure.Managed to get some decent images though exposing for the spots to keep burn out to a minimum. I find the D3 handles highlights really well,especially when compared to the D1 and D2 series.

Performing in Southport

Performing in Southport

Performing in Southport

Covered a Netball Tournament in Wirral on Saturday for the AfPE. What a fast moving game netball is.I always find it a challenge  to photograph,anticipating the movement of players and ball around court is the key to good photos. Good weather made a pleasant change for this outdoor shoot. The first time in a while I haven’t needed full waterproofs and many extra layers. Shooting at 800 asa with an aperture of 2.8 gave me a shutter speed of 1/2000. The Nikon 70-200AFS V11 proved again what a great lens this is. Great contrast,instant focusing and well balanced to handhold. This is one of my favorite lenses.

Action from a Schools County Netball Competition

Action From a Schools County Netball Competition

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