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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English Gymnastics Championships 25.2.11.

1 03 2011

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Covered the English Championships at Stoke this weekend. Three days of packed competition with the Men and Women competing at the same time. Fenton Manor in Stoke is not the best lit venue and I found myself shooting at 2500 asa f2 at 1/400s. Not great if your trying to freeze dynamic action. Used a Nikon D3 and the new Nikon 200 F2 Lens. Keep reading how much better the D3s is in low light and this situation would be ideal for this camera. For me the D3 is limited to 3200 asa. How much better is the D3s? If you have any experience using the D3 v D3s in this type of environment please let me know if its worth upgrading!
Back to the gymnastics .This is an early season tester for many of the gymnasts. Beth Tweddle produced a new bar and floor routine and finished first on bars. It was the British Womens Champion Hannah Whelan however who took top spot in the all round competition.
The mens competition was won by Kristian Thomas finishing aheahd of Matthew Firth from the City Of Leeds Gym Club.

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