Yorkshire Elite Squad – May 2019

Yorkshire Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (YWAG) are delighted that Libby Cree, Sophie Goldsmith and Charlotte Willcoxson have qualified for a place in the YWAG Squad 2019.

121 gymnasts attended the trial from across the whole region.

Sophie placed 12th overall, 13th on flexibility, 15th on strength and 16th on bars.

Libby placed 20th overall, 19th on vault and 19th on beam.

Charlotte placed 19th on vault and 23rd on bars.

Well Done girls.

National grade 3 Yorkshire Championships

One final round to go and this saw Matilda and Faith up. Both nursing injuries (knee & ankle plus recovery from broken knuckle) they had made the decision to fight through.

Matilda nailed her floor and finished with a grin. Faith had been struggling with the free cartwheel in warm up and those sneaky hands went to the floor. Unfortunately this threw Faith who had an out of character moment and forgot her spin. A costly mistake and a frustration to Faith who was now carrying a penalty on a strong move.

At this point their competition experience came to the fore. Together with coach they worked out what was needed to pull this back and headed off to range knowing strengths, weaknesses and with renewed determination.

Matilda was on her strong pieces and delivered the scores she knew she could, an excellent 12.650 on range and a whopping 13.1 (7th) on vault. Faith knew range and vault were not her strong areas, kept her head and made pragmatic decisions. Pushing through on range and only doing one vault to secure solid scores and save energy for her stronger scoring pieces, bars and beam.

Faith nailed her bars with style and showed what she was made of. It was now Faith’s turn to cheer Matilda through her tough moves. A bit of high speed coach swapping saw Mrs Nobbs stand in for Matilda’s giants, the first of which went swimmingly. A hit on the low bar got in the way of the second and a fall followed. Matilda and Mrs Nobbs got her straight back up for her dismount and Matilda still secured a solid 10.

Still determined and focussed it was off to beam. Matilda secured that front walkover in warm up, unfortunately in the actual routine she landed it, but off balance. She fought incredibly hard to stay on covering a quarter of the beam to try and regain balance, but it just wasn’t possible. Not going to let that stop her she was back up with a grim and focussed look to regain every point she could.

Faith knew that the recovery to a pass was in reach if she could deliver the beam she knew she could. So that’s what she did. Front walkover, flic, leaps, all landed with the resounding thud of someone securely landing on the beam.

Faith and Matilda breathed, although disappointed with certain moments they both had that calm resolution that they had fought hard and knew that they should have done enough to secure a pass. Resigned to this but proud of their determination they went to line up. When called out for their commendations the combination of shock, disbelief and true delight was a pleasure for the coaches to see.

They hadn’t just pulled back a pass but had fought so hard that they had just managed to break the magical 55 barrier and average 11 on every piece. It had been a journey for gymnasts and coaches alike!


It was a tough weekend for the coaching team, with Nichola coaching and judging, Mrs Nobbs covering Yorkshire, keeping huge competitions on time and stepping in whenever needed, Sharon coaching and also doing some Yorkshire duties in the gaps. The coaches had to chop and swap but with teamwork and with the support of both gymnasts and parents it was possible. A special mention needs to be given to Nichola who kept the calm overview, made sure everyone was where they needed to be when they needed to be there and if they couldn’t be there stepped in, as well as doing ALL the driving to keep everyone fresh and focussed.

A special mention and thanks to the parents who worked so hard on set up, a thank you to the many committee members who proactively looked for where to help manage that set up and caught potential hiccups before they even happened. A particular thank you to our Vice Chair Rebecca who would not leave the venue on Friday until she knew the Wetherby coaches were sorted for the morning and kept a watchful and supportive eye on everybody through out the weekend.

It was a weekend when we fully appreciated how much Eva does to keep us sorted and to manage it all through. It took the whole team to cover her absence! She was sorely missed, but we did it!

The results were good and something Wetherby and the gymnasts should always be proud of …… the club spirit was fantastic and should always be remembered.

Regional Grade 4 Yorkshire Championships

Saturday was over, a short nights sleep and we were back in Catterick for the Sunday.

Next up were Libby B, Lulu and Katie and another day of Wetherby spirit.

Solid and enjoyable floor performances set us off again with a 9th place (Lulu) secured. Nerves got the better of one of our number for a short while, but team support meant that performances didn’t suffer with a 10th place on this piece (Katie) and Lulu and Libby only outside of the top 10 by 0.2 and 0.3 respectively.

Once through range and vault we were all back on form. Bars were neat, tidy and consistent with all 3 gymnasts achieving scores that were knocking on the door of the top 10 on this piece. This left beam to go and the free roll!

Libby and Lulu got their feet on but couldn’t quite keep their balance and took falls. Katie lost momentum and struggled to stand but fought until she made it to her feet and stayed on. However the free roll wasn’t allowed to affect the rest of the performances and the routines were performed determinedly to the end of beam and the competition securing commendations for all three gymnasts.



National Grade 4 Yorkshire championships

Round 4 saw our senior Bailey in the frame. Ellie had the unenviable task of going round on her own, but that wasn’t going to stop her. Stepping up to National grades, she competed in a very strong field and a large competition of 51 gymnasts.

She started on floor, performing her routine with that Bailey flair! She missed a top 10 position on floor by a mere 0.05 and delivered the 7th highest score on this piece. A superb achievement for a new routine in a National grade.

Despite not getting a couple of holds on range she ploughed forwards to still achieve 11.7. Vault flew to a fantastic 12.550.

Then to the dreaded bars. There was no stopping this gymnast, having struggled a little with the giants in the gym, she knew how much warm up she needed and exactly where to find that extra something. Ellie was going to get those giants round from her cast come what may. A slight stall at the top saw this gymnast use everything she could to bring those giants down the right way, and she did!

Finish on beam with a flourish and the artistry that she can deliver so well. All to secure a very solid commendation and a top half final score in her first National grade.

Regional Grades 3 & 1 Yorkshire Championships

Teamwork was the order of the weekend and Wetherby gymnasts, coaches and parents delivered.

For wonderful reasons we were down one of our usual coaching team members, and not any old coach but our head coach.

Wetherby gymnasts rose to the occasion.

First round, Charlotte, Sophie, Libby C and Emily in Regional 3, Grace and Eleanor in Regional 1. Coaches needed only to supervise, without being asked Grace and Eleanor led a team warm up on floor. Then line up and pieces, all gymnasts stepping up and showing that this was their competition. Supporting their own club, supporting others, ready to move round, ready to meet the judges, ready to perform.

Solid floors in hand with 2 top 10 places (Grace – 9th, Libby C – 10th,) the 6 gymnasts headed off to Range.

All the hard work paid off. Fantastic range scores including two 1sts (Sophie & Libby C,) two 3rds (Emily & Eleanor) and 7th (Grace) as well as excellent feedback on our held handstands.

Vault was next and vault they all did, delivering what they deliver in the gym plus the extra competition polish with Libby C coming 5th on vault with a super 13.067.

The four juniors nailed their bars, with Charlotte delivering a whopping 12.733 to come 5th on this piece.

Grace performed a very solid consistent routine and secured a resounding 11.300. Both Eleanor and Grace performed their first sole circles in competition.

Eleanor unfortunately had a nasty fall on bars. She picked herself up, got back on to finish the routine and still score 10.333. Beam was uplifting. Eleanor, still a bit shaky from bars took a fall, but was determined and focussed and tried not to give the judges opportunity to take any more points. Grace went clean and delivered a secure 6th place on this piece. Charlotte delivered a 7th place, Sophie an 8th and Emily a 9th. The Wetherby girls meant business on beam and it showed with the extra work in the gym converting into points at the competition.

A fantastic attitude from the gymnasts made the coaches job a doddle and secured 3 distinctions (averaging 12 per piece) and 2 commendations (averaging 11 per piece).


Club Grade 5 Yorkshire Championships

6 gymnasts did a fine job representing Wetherby.

Age 10

Lucy passed with distinction placing 7th overall, 7th on Bars and 5th on Floor. A good clean competition, well done Lucy.


Age 11+

Anna passed with distinction placing 6th overall, 5th on beam and 2nd on conditioning.

Martha passed with commendation placing 17th overall and 7th on conditioning.

Chloe passed with commendation placing 18th overall. Performing her first beam routine without a fall in competition.

Mia passed with commendation placing 21st overall, 3rd on beam and performing the best she can on all apparatus.

Emily passed with commendation placing 23rd overall. Scoring a huge 12.7 on vault. Performing with quiet confidence throughout the competition.


Thanks go to Nichola and Mrs Nobbs for their coaching, both in preparing the gymnasts and at the event.

Club Grade 6 Yorkshire Championships

8 gymnasts represented Wetherby. All performed with confidence and did the best they could.

Well Done Girls!


Age 8

This was the biggest competition of the weekend with 82 gymnasts age 8 taking part.

Maisie passed with distinction placing 12th overall and 6th on beam.

Romilly passed with distinction placing 17th overall.

Age 9

Juliette passed with distinction placing 14th overall and 9th on conditioning.

Evie passed with commendation missing distinction by a tiny 0.017, placing 23rd overall.

Rosie passed with commendation placing 31st overall.

Imogen passed with commendation placing 35th overall.


Age 11+

Poppy passed with distinction placing 4th overall achieving the pink Yorkshire ribbon and 3rd on conditioning.

Jess passed with commendation placing 9th overall and 4th on conditioning.


Thanks go to Nichola for her coaching both in preparing the gymnasts and at the event.

Yorkshire Training Session – Yes – February 2019

We had an amazing time. They were smart, tidy, positive, hardworking and a smiling credit to the club. The work on attitude and tightness really shone through.

By far the youngest and smallest there, they held their own with the different warm up tasks from each club and proudly led the bridge section from the centre of the circle.

Floor was first and the inspiration of older gymnasts led to backwards rolls with virtually straight arms to their feet.
Walkover work was positive and they did their first (supported) handsprings, apparently anything is possible when you’re a Wetherby gymnast.

Conditioning next. The gymnasts showed how much their conditioning had improved since September. They joined the older girls on a run through of the grade 6 conditioning routine. Some elephant lift and Russian lever work followed by a rope climb, Beth just got higher and higher!

Onto vault, some flat backs standing on the table vault and then some separate work learning to fly on a handspring flat back rather than pootle over a ‘handstand flatback’

A well behaved and well deserved snack break was followed by some focussed work on hand turning on bars in back circle, with tips from other clubs leading to much improvement. Then some solid practice on our squat ons, not phased at all by strange equipment.

Final flourish on beam, our tinies tidy tight stance on beam and their jump drills had them setting the example for older girls to copy. Then some input from a fellow coach on their different but successful rolling technique led to all gymnasts succeeding in getting a forward roll to stick.

A cool down, smiley photos and it was home time.

Level 7 Yorkshire Team Championships

The tiny team performed with confidence beyond their years.

Even taking an error in the presentation in their stride. Travelling home knowing they had done a good job and proud of 4th.

To discover a few days later the team actually placed 3rd!!!

Bronze medals and beaming smiles all round.

Juliette placed 12th overall and 5th on Vault.

Ella Placed 14th overall and 6th on vault.

Maisie placed 8th on bars.

Romilly placed 6th on floor.

Rosie performed in her first Yorkshire competition and stepped up for the team on Beam. Ensuring the bronze medal eventually found it’s way to team Wetherby.

Thanks to Sharon Parrett for judging and Mrs Nobbs for coaching and floor management.


Level 4 Yorkshire Team Championships

Wow what an afternoon, the Highs, the Lows, the Team Spirit!

Starting the competition on beam is always a challenge and the girls were positive and determined in their approach. Unfortunately Matilda missed her foot on a roundoff somersault dismount in the warm up and suffered a painful injury.

The competition had to go on and Matilda was determined to perform for the team. The girls showed their strong team spirt, sharing and supporting every moment. Matilda bravely battled through her beam routine, performing an excellent flic on what was later found to be a fractured knuckle.

Moving to floor the coaches decided to withdraw Matilda from the competition and send her off for x-rays. She wouldn’t leave without cheering her team through all of their tumbles first.

The team was down to 4 gymnasts, with every routine counting the girls fought hard on Vault and Bars to conclude the competition in sixth place.

Grace performed the beam routine of her life, performing her acro series and completing the routine without wobble to place a fantastic 3rd on beam and sixth overall.

Eleanor prepared well leading up the competition. Performing a much improved vault and bar routine for the team when it was needed most.

Ellie performed a huge vault to place 3rd on this apparatus. Rocking the floor with clean tumbling and difficult leaps to place 3rd on floor.

Emily stepped up for the team. Performing her first front somersault into roundoff on the floor and sticking her beam routine with a new difficult mount.


Thanks go to Nichola Wood for judging and Mrs Nobbs for floor management.