The Men’s Artistic team attended a 5 day training camp in Anadia, Portugal this May, where national coaches helped them prepare for the Gymsport Competition in Porto on the 4th June.
The training camp gave the team invaluable experience, and our gymnasts' hard work and dedication was hugely rewarded at the competition the following weekend.
The team structure for a GymSport competition is unconventional – teams consist of only three gymnasts from different age groups (senior, junior and youth) and each individual score counts towards the team total, meaning each gymnast must compete all six pieces.
Team one, which consisted of Cameron Sinden (Fromeside), Jacob Edwards (Olympus) and Liam Beard (Swansea) took home the gold, followed closely by their Welsh team mates from team two – Emil Barber (Swansea), Oscar Harper (Swansea) and Alex Niscoveanu (YMCA Barry) who were awarded silver with a different of just 0.300 points.
In the youth category All-Around competition, Liam Beard placed 1st and Oscar Harper 3rd, while Alex Niscoveanu, for whom it was his second ever international competition, finished in a brilliant 5th place.
Swansea’s Louie Jones, who is only 11 and competed in the youth (U14) category, finished his international debut in the 29th position.
The individual apparatus finals were dominated by Liam Beard and Oscar Harper who topped the medal ranks for Wales. Oscar won the silver medal in the Floor and Liam came 1st on Pommel Horse, Rings and Parallel bars. He also won the bronze medal in the Vault and Horizontal bar competitions.
In the junior category, Jacob Edwards won silver medals in the Floor and Pommel Horse finals. He also qualified for the Rings, Parallel bar and Horizontal bar finals, where he finished 5th and Vault final where he just missed out on the medal at 4th place.
In the senior All-Around event, Swansea’s Emil Barber came 4th, just missing out on a medal by 0.05 and finishing the day with a solid score of 74.950. Cameron Sinden finished the competition in the 12th position.
In the senior apparatus finals, Emil Barber finished 4th on Vault and 5th in the Floor and Pommel Horse events. He also finished 6th in the P-bar and H-bar finals.
Full results are available here:
A huge well done to everybody who took part!