Rhythmic World Championships France

22 09 2011

Covering the World Championships for Rhythmic Gymnastics in Montpellier this week.

Photo by Alan Edwards

Photo by Alan Edwards

Photo by Alan Edwards

Photos can be viewed and purchased online at http://www.f2images-gymnastics.co.uk

For full reports please view the British Gymnastics website at http://www.british-gymnastics.org





UK School Games 2011

6 09 2011

Regini-Moran in action for England Alan Edwards

Joe Fraser Boys Winner Alan Edwards

 

Angel Romaeo Girls Winner Alan Edwards

Covered the UK School Games at Ice Sheffield for British Gymnastics last weekend. Lighting here was a challenge. Had to shoot at 2500 iso to 3200 iso with a shutter speed of 1/400s. Colour balance was also difficult to get right. The challenges of indoor sports photography! Looks like they might have two sets of lighting at the arena as I have had reports that the lighting is very good here.

Competition report below courtesy of British Gymnastics

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Day one – team and all-around

The Welsh girls matched the English boys by sweeping up all the medals in the all-around and team events. Angel Romaeo was the individual winner scoring 52.200, with Raer Theaker in Silver with 51.700, and Keira Brennan in Bronze with 50.150.
As a team Wales were neck and neck with England after two rotations but then took control to end up with a comfortable winning margin and a final total of 204.350, ahead of England (196.700) and Scotland (192.200).

The English boys dominated the team and all-around event. Joe Fraser led the way scoring 78.800 to take the individual honours with teammates Giarnni Regini-Moran in Silver (76.150) and Hamish Carter, Bronze (74.400).

In the team event England comfortably took the Gold with 307.450, ahead of Wales (286.500) and Scotland (285.250).

Day Two – Apparatus finals

Girls Vault
1. Charlie Fellows (ENG) 13.225
2. Raer Theaker (WAL) 13.125
3. Ellis O’Reilly (ENG) 13.125

Boys floor
1. Giarnni Regini-Moran (ENG) 13.650
2. Tom Nicolaou (ENG) 13.200
3. Kelvin Cham (SCO) 12.950

Pommel
1. Rob Keys (SCO) 11.550
2. Charlie Howard (ENG) 11.100
3. Joe Fraser (ENG) 10.950

Uneven bars
1. Raer Theaker  (WAL) 13.050
2. Angel Romaeo (WAL) 12.900
3. Charlie Fellows (ENG) 12.650

Rings
1. Joe Fraser (ENG) 13.250
2. Tom Nicolaou (ENG) 13.100
3. Saull Thomas (WAL) 12.000
3. Iwan Mepham (WAL) 12.000

Beam
1. Angel Romaeo (WAL) 13.750
2. Raer Theaker (WAL) 13.500
3. Charlie Fellows (ENG) 12.800

Boys vault
1. Giarnni Regini-Moran (ENG) 14.225
2. Tom Nicolaou (ENG) 14.200
3. Iwan Mepham (WAL) 14.125

Parallel bars
1. Joe Fraser (ENG) 13.450
2. Giarnni Regini-Moran (ENG) 13.000
3. James Elliott (WAL) 12.800

Girls floor
1. Angel Romaeo (WAL) 13.300
2. Keira Brennan (WAL) 12.950
3.Amy Tinkler (ENG) 12.900

High bar
1. Jamie Carpenter ( SCO) 12.400
2. Hamish Carter (ENG) 12.350
3. Tom Nicolaou (ENG) 12.15

Photos from the event can be viewed and ordered online at http://www.f2images.co.uk





UK School Games 2011

28 08 2011

Covering the UK School Games next week in Sheffield for British Gymnastics. Looking forward to shooting at Ice Sheffield Arena. Squads have been announced and can be found on the official website http://www.ukschoolgames.com. Photos from last years competition can be viewed at http://bit.ly/r3cRMz

Pictured below are two members of the Welsh team Angel Romaeo and Raer Theaker who will represent Wales again this year

Angel Romaeo of Wales. Alan Edwards

Raer Theaker Wale.s Alan Edwards





Womens British Gymnastics Championships Liverpool

9 07 2011

Covering the Women’s British Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool this weekend 9th and 10th July. Some photos now online at http://www.f2images-gymnastics.co.uk

More photos will be added during the weekend.

Hannah Whelan pictured outside the Echo Arena in Liverpool

Laura Edwards pictured during the training day.





2011 British Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships

27 06 2011

Covered the Rhythmic Gymnastics Nationals for BG recently. Report from the BG website below.

Frankie Jones seals 5th British Rhythmic Gymnastics title

Francesca Jones (City of Birmingham) has sealed her 5th British title at the 2011 Rhythmic Gymnastics British Championships from Fenton Manor.

Frankie scored 93.425 to take the senior all-around in a close battle with Kezi Gore (City of Canterbury) who scored 91.100, with Mimi Cesar (City of Birmingham – 80.850) back in 3rd. In the apparatus finals on Sunday, two of the titles went to Francesca (hoop and ball) and two to Kezi (clubs and ribbon).

Laura Halford (Esprit) was crowned junior champion with 80.00, from teammate Stephani Sherlock – 78.400, with Helena Bailey (Stockport) in third place – 74.125. Laura added to this three gold medals in the apparatus finals (ball, clubs and ribbon), with Stephani winning the gold for ribbon.

HSG Swallows gymnasts Leah Munday and Megan Balabay took the under-11 and under-12 titles respectively. The Swallows also swept all available gold medals in the apparatus finals: Leah Munday with rope, hoop and ball and Jade Wright – for the free exercise, while Megan remained unbeaten on all the four pieces of apparatus in the under-12 section. (From British Gymnastics)

Split Leap Photo by Alan Edwards

More photos from the Championships at http://www.f2images-gymnastics.co.uk





Team Gym Championships Gloucester 7.5.11

10 05 2011

Gymnast with Mascot

Competitions for 9 British titles (across men’s, women’s and mixed sections within the age bands of primary, junior and senior) were contested over the three pieces of floor, tumble and trampet at the GL1 leisure centre Gloucester, May 7th.Covered this competition for British Gymnastics on Saturday.

Photos now online to view and order at www.f2images-gymnastics.co.uk





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

Photos from the two events can be viewed and ordered from http://www.f2images-gymnastics.co.uk





GB Gymnast Imogen Cairns and Coach Liz Kincaid at Lilleshall

29 01 2011

Had an opportunity last weekend to photograph GB international Gymnast Imogen Cairns and her coach Liz Kincaid during training at Lilleshall National Sports Centre the home of British Gymnastics.Imogen is pictured holding a host of medals which she won at last years Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
The lighting at Lilleshall is not the best giving me the ideal opportunity to test out the new Nikon 200 f 2 VR 11. Shot at F2 with a shutter speed of 1/250s the photos are super sharp.Really pleased with this purchase.
British gymnasts are going from strength to strength and have a superb set up at Lilleshall.My coverage this year starts with the English Championships in February.
Further photos from this shoot can be found at www.f2images-gymnastics.co.uk

Imogen Cairns and Liz Kincaid

Imogen Cairns and Liz Kincaid