Cardiff was the centre point last weekend for what turned out to be a spectacular event in the gymnastics calendar.
The five nations of Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man sent teams of their top gymnasts to compete at the prestigious Celtic Cup 2015 in minor and junior categories.
The Manx team consisted of Lucy Worthington, Callum Kewley, Chloe Donnelly and Nick Harvey who travelled with island squad coaches Valery Molchanov and Gennady Tsyganov.
Lucy, the youngest member of the team and representing the island for the first time at an international event, put up superb performances in the minors girls event, against gymnasts two years her senior.
Delivering clean routines throughout all four apparatus, Lucy showed controlled nerves and focus to deliver her twists with perfection on floor and sticking a beautiful beam routine to finish 11th on this apparatus.
Callum Kewley flew the flag in the minors boys event and delivered a tremendous performance on all six apparatus to achieve a PB for his all around score. Having some experience of this competition from last year, Callum held his composure to deliver a quality vault, finishing in second place on this piece and landing all his moves to finish fifth on floor.
This secured Callum an all around finish in seventh place in this category.
Next up was the junior girls category. Chloe Donnelly represented the island in this competition and went head-to-head with older girls, delivering a tidy and secure performance all around with some increased difficulty.
Highlights of Chloe’s performance includeslanding a high tariff somersault on vault and delivering a one-and-a-half twist on floor for the first time and captivating the crowd with her new stunning floor routine.
Nick Harvey took on the challenge of the older boys, some of whom were much older than him in the junior boys event.
Competing on five apparatus, Nick performed some difficult elements, particularly on floor where he performed a triple twist which thrilled the crowd.
Nick also delivered a new routine on rings which he performed with precision and is now pleased to have increased his difficulty on this apparatus for future events.
Isle of Man Gymnastics Association is very proud of this young team and their performances at this high level event.
The gymnasts themselves enjoyed the competition and took away valuable competition experience which will further enhance their performances at future events.
Special thanks goes to their supporters who travelled to Cardiff and their coaches Valery and Gennady who did a fantastic job in coaching and supporting the team throughout the weekend.