Falcons Gymnastics Academy hosts Devon Championships
FALCONS Gymnastics Academy hosted the Devon Novice, Intermediate and Open Championships in Barnstaple.
The event marked the start of the boys' competitive calendar, leading to the South West apparatus, English and British Championships.
In the under-12 open category, Adam Tobin took the overall honours and five of the individual golds on offer.
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He tried out some of the new skills he has been working on during training, including, on the high bar, a Tkatchev release and catch move – one of the only boys in the country to be completing it at this age.
Like Adam, Byron Day Rogers won the under-14 open category and five of the six individual golds.
This year, Ryan Owen has moved up to the under-16s, where his routines are on a level with the full seniors. Ryan did not disappoint and was first overall with six individual medals.
A lot of the elite Falcons have come through the novice section.
In the current group, Jay Childs was sixth in his first outing.
In the under-10s, Alex Elder was fifth, Joseph Spencer eighth, William Bennett 11th and Ajay Ground 13th.
Alex Matthews took second place in the novice under-12s and Jack Robinson tenth.
The intermediate under-10s was dominated by Falcons, who took the top five places.
Ibrahim Kanj was first, followed by Daniel Mock, Harry Baxter, Sam Green and Harry Lucas.
Mike Beagley, Falcons' coaching director, said: "It is great to see so many young gymnasts coming through and pushing the older ones for places."
Beagley is also pleased to be able to host competitions at Falcons' new home at the Tarka Tennis Centre.
"The next seven weeks sees Falcons gymnasts competing every weekend," he said.
"Having the new facility is benefiting the gymnasts as they have no lengthy journey to travel to competitions and it is cutting the expense for parents hugely."