On Saturday the 2nd of July 2016 Ella Gaynor in year 7 took part in the ‘Gemau Cymru’ team gymnastics event at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Ella performed to an excellent standard in each section that includes ‘floor work’, ‘bars’, ‘vault’ and ‘beam’.
Mr Jones was left flabbergasted after watching the beam display as Ella performed movements such as backflips on such a tiny surface space. Ella’s team won gold at the competition, which was an excellent achievement.
Ella continued the hardwork onto Sunday in the individual ‘Gemau Cymru’ competition. In the competition Ella scored 2nd on the beam, 3rd on the vault, 4th on the floor and 2nd on the bar. This gave her a placing of 3rd overall! Her coach was extremely pleased as Ella was attempting an upgrade in her bar routine which cost her points but is important for her progression in the sport. Ella was also very happy by her performances.
Ella has now won selection for a Welsh training camp in Barcelona at the end of August. She will stay at the international facility for five days and this is a great opportunity for her to demonstrate her determination and ability in the sport. Ella’s goal is to attempt to get into the Welsh gymnastic team at the next Commonwealth games and this selection is a step towards this.
Want to know how hard Ella works? Ella’s normal week looks like this:
Monday: gymnastics training 4-8pm.
Tuesday: gymnastics training 1-6.30pm.
Wednesday: 8-9am S & C training school. Gymnastics training 4-8.30pm.
Thursday: rest or athletics training.
Friday: 8-9am S & C training school. Gymnastics training 4-7.30pm
Saturday: 9-2pm gymnastics training.
Sunday- coach gymnastics.
Ella logs up 25 hours of gymnastics training per week. Throw into the mix S & C, athletics and the extras she does at home which totals over 30 hours per week! Ella is demonstrating phenomenonal commitment to her sport at such a young age… watch this space!
Thursday 30th June saw the Newport event of the year…….St Julian’s Year 11 Prom.
The red carpet greeted the eager year 11s as they entered the Coldra Court Hotel. Everyone had a wonderful evening and danced the night away until the early hours. The hotel staff commented on what an amazing group of young people they were. Their conduct was exemplary! Well done to everyone involved.
The annual KS3 and KS4 Spelling Bees will be taking place on Monday 11th July.
Year 8 Winners – Llewelyn
Year 7 Winners- Llewelyn