Wokingham School Games Team Gym Years 3/4 and Years 5/6

25th January 2019

What a week of gymnastics it has been! The success of Thursday’s Advanced Team Gym squad sent ripples of excitement through the school and the two squads competing on Friday spent the morning taking tips from the gold medallists. The children were in confident spirits on the minibus journey to Pinewood Gymnastics Club, however there were over a dozen schools attending the Friday competition so the children were under no illusion that it was going to be easy to medal.

The schools had been split into a morning session group and an afternoon session group - all scores from both the sessions were to be added up at the end of the day resulting in gold, silver and bronze medallists in both age categories. Each school rotated through the different disciplines and the Year 3/4 squad were timetabled to perform their tumble, springboard and vault routines directly before the older Shinfield St. Mary’s children; this meant that both teams could cheer each other on from the side-lines as they would not be competing at the same time. Mr Lappin sat back and watched as one-by-one, the routines were executed with precision, poise and power. The concentration on display by the children was unrivalled in the room and it became clear very quickly that there would be a chance of a medal…or two.

Sitting amongst the finger-crossing, hand-holding, teeth-jangling Shinfield St. Mary’s children at the end of the day, Mr Lappin nervously waited for the results to be announced. It was then that Shinfield St. Mary’s were announced as the afternoon’s winners in both age groups! After squeezing onto the 1st place podium block, the grinning faces soon turned to surprise as the Pinewood judges decided that they would also announce the whole day’s results (for the first time ever) as the winning school from the whole day was in the afternoon session. Not only were the Shinfield Year 3/4 squad called up to the podium again to receive a gold medal and be crowned champions of Wokingham, but the Year 5/6 squad were also called up as the Wokingham winners in their age category!

A clean sweep of three gymnastics competitions in two days…onto the County Finals to take on the best in Berkshire!