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International Schools Federation World Cup
Lanester, France
May 2003

by Janet Hunter

Under 17 year old gymnasts from 8 countries gathered in Lanester, France for the International Schools Federation World Cup - a competition of 2 levels, National and School level. Three disciplines made up the teams, Men's Artistic Gymnastics, Womens Artistic Gymnastics and Rhythmic.

The national level gymnasts were Nathan Dunstan (15) and Sam Hunter (14) from Notts School of Gymnastics.

In the first day of competition the older boys of France and Hungary proved to be very strong opposition but, despite some mistakes, Nathan and Sam earned their way into 4 apparatus finals:

High bar: 4th
Pommels: 4th

Vault: Two very good vaults were performed but the start values were not quite high enough. With only 0.2 separating Gold and Bronze, Great Britain had to settle for a Bronze Medal.

Floor was a different story - Nathan and Sam landed every tumble scoring 8.8 and 8.9 respectively and the Gold Medal was taken with more than one clear mark.

Overall the national level team of girls, boys and rhythmic came home with the Bronze Medal for Great Britain.

It was difficult to find gymnasts to fulfil the criteria for the school level gymnasts as neither could have competed at National level before. Jason Wall (15), who was plucked out of retirement, and Sam Winch (15), who had never competed before, were prepared well in a short time by Head Coach Barry Winch of Notts School of Gymnastics. Both boys attend Rushcliffe School, West Bridgford.

The boys kept their cool in the 1000 seater gymnasium and performed well with immaculate floor routines. Iran and Morroco made huge mistakes on floor and with Jason nailing his landing on vault the boys won their event taking the Gold Medal! Amazing!

The School level British team of boys, girls and rhythmic won the World Cup!