NTU Gymnasts take on BUCS Championships

13 of February 2016 saw NTU Gymnastics take more girls than ever before to compete in the annual BUCS championships. Social Secretary Lydia Dmytrenko reports on the weekend.

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NTU Gymnastics travelled to Aldershot for BUCS Championships

13 February 2016 saw NTU Gymnastics take more girls than ever before to compete in the annual BUCS championships. Social Secretary Lydia Dmytrenko reports on the weekend.

Despite our gymnastics club only being in its second year as an official NTU sport, it was such a great achievement for us to have eight gymnasts compete in the BUCS Gymnastics Tournament on Valentine's weekend 2016 after taking just one girl in 2015.

After a few hiccups en route, we finally arrived in Aldershot and went straight to bed at our lovely hotel ready for our comp the following day. After a rather filling full English breakfast we squeezed into our pink and navy leotards and made our way over to Rushmoor Gymnastics Centre, accompanied by our biggest fan (and president) Liberty Sheard, who sadly had to pull out due to injury.

Having watched all of the rounds of Level 3 girls compete before us, it was safe to say we were a bit nervous. In our group there were also two girls competing individually for their own universities, so in true Trent style we took them in under our wing and supported them as two of our own.

Our warm ups were over and we marched onto the floor to present to a roaring crowd and patient judges – who were surprisingly still eager to watch our routines, having already judged 80 others! Composed of ten skills, each individual routine was carefully put together to be able to show off our best skills. With encouragement and cheers from our friends and "rivals" from Uni Of, we all completed slick, impressive routines with our favourite moves – Olivia's graceful split leaps; Jess, Saskia and Lydia completed round-off flicks for the first time in many years; Ana, Holly and Lucie performed powerful tumbles; and not forgetting the effortless and elegant cartwheels in Rachel's routine. We then moved round to complete our vaults, which were all powerful and elegant (apart from a few dodgy warm ups!), and the two honorary Trent girls executed theirs faultlessly too.

Bringing the Level 3 competition to a close, we were all so pleased with the way we competed and we had a very proud president! A huge congratulations to Holly who came 1st on floor – another medal to add to her growing collection! We had such a great time at the competition, and we especially enjoyed watching and supporting talented gymnasts from all over the country compete in the higher levels on all four pieces of apparatus – something we all aspire to be able to do in next year's BUCS!

NTU Sport would like to congratulate the gymnasts on their performances!

To find out more about the gymnastics club, please visit their club page.

NTU Gymnasts take on BUCS Championships

Published on 25 February 2016
  • Category: Sport

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