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London Development Open
East London Gymnastics Centre, 21st June 2003

The London Development Open is aimed at young gymnasts just starting their competitive careers and older gymnasts who do not qualify for the Regional NDP finals.

Notts School of Gymnastics sent 18 boys to the competition to compete at three levels:

Level 6 (Beginners) 8 boys aged 6, 7 and 8 entered in the Under 8 group:

Joshua Cato finished in 7th place, Matthew Liddiard in 9th and Jake Woodcock in 10th.

Level 5 (Intermediate) 4 boys at Under 8 and 1 at Under 10.

Jordan England (still only 6!) came 5th overall and won the gold medal on rings. Finn Shearwood was 6th and Nicholas Grayson was 7th.

Level 4 (Advanced) 5 boys entered, the youngest age group is Under 10

Sam Woodford (aged 7) won the overall gold medal, with gold medals on parallel bars and high bar.

Toby Shouls (also aged 7) won the silver medal, with gold medals on pommels and rings.

Ben Royles was 4th overall and won the gold medal for vault and Harvey Adcock came 6th and Chris Grayson 9th.

London Open
East London Gymnastics Centre, 22nd June 2003


The morning competition was the Under 16, Loveday Shield. This was won by Nathan Dunstan, with Sam Hunter in second place. Max Shearwood, having just finished his GCSEs on the Friday, finished in 6th place. Nathan also won gold medals on floor, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar!

The second competition was the Under 14, Clayton Bolt Trophy. We entered several of our younger gymnasts for the competition experience. The highest place was Reece Pearson (under 11) in 12th, with Chris Hipkiss and Andrew Smith tying for 13th place.

The Senior competition, the Westminster Open, included a lot of international gymnasts and Lee Finlay finished 21st overall, 12th out of the British gymnasts after falls on pommels and high bar cost him dearly.