Girls from the school's gymnastics squad perform impressively at the IGSA National Competition and the IAPS Gymnastics Championship
Teams and individuals celebrate some first place positions against tough competition. Last month, pupils from Rowan Prep School’s gymnastics squad were busy competing in two of the biggest gym competitions of the year: the IGSA National competition and the IAPS Gymnastics Championship.
There were impressive performances in both competitions, with the girls receiving favourable scores all round and across the different age categories. The teams have been practising regularly over the term to perfect their routines and work on their techniques, which showed in how well they performed in front of the judges.
Firstly, at the IGSA National Championships, held at the Royal Masonic School in Hertfordshire, pupils showed off their gymnastics skills in multiple event categories. Both the U10 and U11 team performed confidently on floor, showing control and extension throughout their routines. On vault all girls displayed strong and powerful vaults, many improving on their vaults from previous years.
Against some challenging competition, the U10s finished in fourth place – only narrowly missing the third place position by 0.05 in the scoring! The U11s, who were competing in the advanced category, finished in seventh place and as a sign of their strong performance have qualified for the national finals in March.
Likewise, on the following weekend at the IAPS Gymnastics Championship held at Kent College, all the pupils performed routines they could be proud of. Rowan Prep had three teams participating in the competition: U9, U10 and U11. Despite being such a prestigious and high-level competition, everyone managed to control their nerves and the girls delivered beautiful floor routines and confident vaults.
Once again, the pupils’ strong performances translated into some impressive scores. U10s secured the top spot on the podium, while the U9s placed fourth and U11s received eighth place within a very competitive age bracket. One pupil, Amelie, also received the coveted top place prize in the individual category, with her peers Sofia and Amelia also coming in fifth and sixth places respectively.
Mrs Massie, Rowan Prep teacher and gymnastics coach, said of the experience:
“After a huge amount of rehearsing and dedication from the girls, we arrived at the IGSA National competition feeling equally nervous and excited to take part. As a teacher, I was so proud of what they managed to achieve because I know that every pupil gave their absolute best.
“Especially by the second weekend, you could tell how much the girls were enjoying the experience and they were even more confident in their performances. We were so delighted that the judges recognised their hard work and determination in the scores – well done to them all!”
Susan Clarke, Headmistress at Rowan Prep, said:
“Alongside the girls’ academic learning, we firmly believe in the importance of an Education with Character – one that inspires, challenges and excites pupils and opens up a rich array of experiences to them. Taking part of these competitions, and having the opportunity to perform to a larger audience, is a fantastic example of this. All the girls proved themselves to be confident, talented and determined young performers and they can be incredibly proud of what they have achieved.”