We are honoured to announce that on Sunday 21st July we have our 1st Warriors In house Gymnastic Competition.
Officiating alongside Nicky Webster(BG International Brevet Judge) we have Keira Toland (The second highest BG National Judge) and Lauren Romo(BG Regional Judge).
In addition our very own local MPHenry Smith is making an appearance to see how far you have all come.
We would like to thank all the gymnast for their continuous hard work in preparing for this Sundays competition. In addtion a massive thank you to Dan & Charlotte for your continued efforts in helping them produce the skills required to showcase.
Last but by no means least we would like to thank all the parents as without your continued support this would not be possible
Nicky’s WorkShop in house competition Sunday 21st July is open for anyone to come and watch. So if you are free between 11am till 2pm and want to see some dynamic gymnastics and support these hardworking gymnasts please come along. Hurry as places are filling fast.
Maidenbower Junior School, Harvest Road, Crawley, West Sussex. RH10 7RA 11am to 2pm
A strange thing happened today… If not – look back to the post featuring Thea on April 7th 2019
In summary in 3 hrs with the aid of blocks and preps from the 80’s Nicky managed to teach Thea (and all of us watching) how with the correct technique anything is achievable.
I’m sure 30 years of knowledge helps too but I digress…
From that date till now, Thea has worked tirelessly, session after session, on shortening her side to increase her angular momentum or twisting speed. The faster you can twist, the more rotations you can perform. Which is simple to say, however takes complete understanding before any gymnast can execute the move whilst in the air
However after weeks of preparations, wholehearted commitment on Thursday 11th of July we are proud to announce that
Thea can now do this…
Then to prove it was no fluke she landed three in a row
Stunning development Warrior in just 13 weeks we salute you.
In addition a massive thank you to Nicky who teaches us mere mortals something new every session that blows our minds.
Have you ever given a gift to someone that you were so excited about, that you could not wait to give it to them. Only to be met by a perplexed face completely the opposite to the reaction you had anticipated.
Last night session was indicative of the above
With our in house tournament soon approaching as a reward for all their hard work we wanted to give the gymnasts something special.
With pride in our hearts we announced to the gymnasts that Henry Smith MP is going to attend our in house tournament on Sunday 21st July
Their bemused look and silence was making me extremely conscious of the grey hairs visible on my scalp. However when the questions starting firing ‘Is he going to judge us? What gymnastic position does he hold? Is he the head of British Gymnastics? What…..
At that moment we realised our youngest members have no knowledge of Parliament.
So we set about educating them in current affairs and explained that your local MP is responsible for all of us living in this town and has a say in the laws that govern our town and the country.
Wow, so he’s really important then!
Well what if I fall in front of him? Now I’m nervous? Can we get a picture with him?
It was at that moment we knew it was going to be a long night.
In conclusion we are so proud that Henry Smith MP is coming to NW and after an eventful political evening….. the gymnasts are too!
Featuring Ruby, Natalie, Tianne, Thea, Flo (whom is still recovering) and new entry from ‘Dark Horse’ Terry .
The development from the gymnasts has been so fast that the race is already over.
It seems the planned weekly slots of future updates on their real time development, was presumptuous on my part. Therefore I offer all Warriors my sincere apologies for misjudging how quickly you would progress.
To achieve what you have all done in 5 sessions is quite remarkable.
In 1st placeNatalie who only took 2 hrs on day 1.
Her progress to 360 was so rapid we missed recording the 1st one as it was supposed to be a 180.
Stunning performance Nats. Gaining her automatic entry in to the Race for 540. The ability to understand and implement the correct coaching points is Natalie’s strength. Add to that her 100% commitment to be better than she was yesterday on every run, makes her a formidable opponent in any race for development.
Bravo Warrior. Stunning performance. A victory well deserved.
The speed of her development could only be rivalled by Usain Bolt.
In Joint 2nd place Ellie&Terry
After numerous whole hearted attempts (see race for 360) gaining more spatial awareness, Ellie found it. Furthermore repeatedly landed it. Her fantastic round off flick coupled with her phenomenal power allowed her to eventually do this…
Neatness aside, the power and confidence needed to even attempt this move considering it is in its embryonic stages of development meant that when she was then allowed to run…
The height gained with more momentum allowed her to add a 1/4 in the Air. Bravo Warrior. Stunning Development.
Simultaneously Terry was receiving some Kinaesthetics in his pursuit of the 360…
Until finally he did this…
To be the only Prince amongst Queens in this race, shows his fortitude and strength of character. Furthermore to come second in a field of rapid developers is testament to how good he really is. Bravo Warrior. Stunning Development.
In Joint 3rd place Ruby & Tianne
Ruby and Tianne have been tirelessly working on improving their DISH shapes. ‘The tighter the shape the better the twist’. So whilst they may be behind a week or…Correction a session or 2 at this rate, its important to keep in mind that a superior shape will not only catch up, it will increase the possibility to multiple twist.
Watch your Backs they’re coming.
Ruby’s new improved dish in the air making her 180 easier to perform. A 360 will surely follow. Bravo Warrior Stunning Development.
Tianne’s showing her new improved body tension and spatial awareness in Sensei hands
I think the Height and Flight is secured and Nix might have to wear high heels at this rate. Fantastic development. Bravo Warrior.
Finally Thea and Flo
Thea is probably one of the strongest athletes in our club. She never tires, never gets hurt, and never quits. In addition, in the air is probably one of, if not the best shape isometrically. As mentioned above this is a perfect platform for future development. Furthermore upon completion of the 360 will minimise deductions due to the near perfect shape.
Bravo Warrior. Stunning Development
Finally Pocket Rocket Flo. Without doubt the most dedicated young athlete we possess with unlimited potential. Training with the senior squad is no mean feat when you’re young but below is the reason why she does…
Unfortunately a bout of sickness prevented her attending any more sessions last week. However on the evidence above, 1st and second place would have been closely contested.
Fantastic development Warrior.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Therefore rather than promising a weekly development series for the Race to 540 and 720, I’m gonna announce that it is open and show the results in an unspecified time to alleviate further embarrassment to myself.
Featuring Ruby, Ellie, Natalie, Tianne, Thea and Flo (get well soon).
Week 1 of Real Time Development…
Let the battle commence!
When developing a new move, going into unknown territory can be extremely frustrating to any gymnast especially when twisting.
To gain an extra 1/4 or 1/2 twist in the air may sound simple, but in reality relies heavily on improved biomechanics, multiple preps and the will to get it round.
To have fellow team mates alongside experiencing the same problems and fears, greatly reduces their individual frustrations (Love TeamGym). Furthermore their team mates passionate support from the side lines increases the will to succeed.
For the first time ever these brave gymnasts are allowing us to publicly show their real time development.
By documenting their weekly sessions in pursuit of the 360 including the thrills and spills, hopefully it will show what it really takes to become a Warrior.
Sunday 1st of June 2019 3hr Squad Session
First up, warming up the body and getting in to rhythm
During the warm up gymnasts perform multiple combinations of Straight Back Land-Jump halves. Straight Halves to stacked mats. Prep stations for ankle conditioning to cope with the extreme centrifugal landing forces.
Conditioning is a crucialelement for any NW member as we have no Foam Pit or Resin Landings.
We can then add some Kinesthetics to help the gymnasts feel the 1/2 in the air to land
The Warriors first Brave unsupported attempts because as stated earlier they have no bail out, no foam pit, no soft cushioned floor. Their courage to even try humbles us every session.
Tuesday 4th of June 2019 2hr Squad session
Continuing Sundays progress…
Fantastic efforts, Aside from the obvious biomechanical flaws, the understanding and courage to try is quite simply first class. Now its up to us to implement the correct coaching points and preps to correct, (video of prep work coming soon). However whilst they were buzzing…
Over and over they tried…
Little by little they made small adjustments until…
Bravo Warriors fantastic work but there was more to come…
To our amazement Natalie progressed so quickly we added the Jump half
Tianne after getting used to her new body was not satisfied with learning a new move backwards, decided to see what it was like twisting forwards…
Remarkable considering her 24 month sabbatical
And finally here is Kadie who is in a completely different race to 900 showing us even when you fall, fall with style.
Race to 900 coming soon
In summary a fantastic 5 hours of development across 2 sessions. Stay tuned for tonight session Thursday 6th of June
She will achieve anything she wants to achieve in life
As she proved…
Harmony’s road to success is the perfect example to any gymnast who fears the next stage of development. Commonly known as a ‘block’ is usually the fear of going into the unknown. Add the increased risk factor of linking the next move, its easy to see why at a young age they can be reluctant.
To overcome any fear, a full understanding of what the trigger point of the fear is, is crucial. Then together with the gymnast we can rationalise around the problem, to find the correct preps for a solution to said problem.
In these cases NW empowers the gymnast with all the knowledge to help them find their own way through with constant support.
The above Prep written by herself for a Handspring Tuck is truly amazing. The biomechanical understanding is mind blowing. A future coach in the making!
Furthermore week after week she prepped hard and worked her socks off. With Development coach Dan Ford’s constant encouragement, whilst supporting every prep. Including every Standing flick and every linked Round off flick on tumble (trust me that’s hard work) eventually after 2 hardworking years…
She cracked it. Well done Harmony. Your dedication is a lesson to us all. Your a true Warrior and a lesson in Dream Believe Achieve
Have you ever eavesdropped a conversation so compelling that you involved yourself?
Whilst enjoying the stunning weather in a pub garden, 2 gentlemen on an adjacent table were discussing the success of their own social media accounts. The conversation was very amicable as they traded various statistics back and forth until it came to followers. You could feel the underlying egocentric tension building and I felt myself mentally drawn into umpiring the debate…
How can you say your strategy is better, when I’ve 16 Thousand followers, and looking to push through the 20k mark?
Impressive stuff I thought… FifteenLove
Agreed you have 4 times the followers, however they’re spread all over the world. Where ours are concentrated locally. Giving us local Revenue, and easier Logistics. With the chance to geographically meet our clients.
Touché never thought of that… FifteenAll
But with the modern delivery systems and collection points why would a global following worry you logistically? I’m quite happy that our customers receive a good service all over the world.
We use amazon and eBay collection points therefore valid point… Thirty Fifteen
Yes I do agree that you can do that, however if one of your best customers lives overseas, how often do you meet them? I really enjoy regular meetings with our best clients and building relationships.
Very good point… ThirtyAll
Skype, Or any other electronic facetime media easily gets us around that logistical problem.
In this modern world that’s a great point… FortyThirty
Yes but you can’t beat the personal touch. For example I played golf with a local client recently and we found out our children have the same Dance teacher. Which I would have never found out on a Skype call where as 4 hours in his company we discussed various different topics away from business making the bond between us stronger.
At this point I was none the wiser of whom the victor may be of this thrilling battle. However I must confess to being infinitely wiser because of their conversation.
It seems to me whilst they both may have different approaches, each method could be argued as effective as one another.
For me it was a fascinating insight as both made fantastic arguments or at least it was compelling enough for me to become Mr nosey.
Whoever you were, I thank you for the Education. As a newbie to social media it gave me food for thought and hopefully by sharing could help someone else.
It gives me great pleasure in officially announcing that we have a new
British Gymnastics TeamGym Level 2 Coach.
Fantastic achievement and development, which truly reflects the dedicated person you are.
To say we are proud of you is an understatement and in Nicky’s words…It means the world to her to see your commitment and passion rewarded. Furthermore not only have you become one of the Webster family but a crucial part of the NW Dream.
We salute you Charlotte, keep up the tremendous work.
Hard work and good practice will always pay off. Below is proof that as long you keep working towards your goals, you will Achieve.
We salute you Warrior, because during your development you have hit some of the best shapes ever captured on film. The 2 Wall of Fame entries are testament to your commitment in your pursuit of development.
Well done indeed. For showing everyone what can be achieved if your prepared to work for it.
Stay tuned for the next episode featuring a different character same ethos
There’s only one way to describe Dan. Sunshine in a bottle. Un cork him and let his effervescence flow. Your parents have done a magnificent job in raising the kindest, most hardworking trustworthy individual we know.
In 18 years your growth has been a pleasure to witness. Furthermore your integral to everything we do and a big reason why we see you as family. Your the light on a cloudy day mate. Have a fantastic day.
The road to glory is never an easy one. However over the course of anyone’s coaching career you’re going to come across those athletes who all you need to do is guide them. As they bring everything else to the party themselves.
As mentioned before, heart and desire can not be instilled by a coach. That comes from within. Over the next few months we will be showcasing that passion and the results from always trying to improve
We salute you Warrior for the visual definition of the name
Stay tuned for the next episode featuring a different character same ethos
Following on from Sundays post (A strange thing happened today…) Tuesday’s session was even more phenomenal. As the gymnast (and myself) were coming to grips with the Sensei teachings, the implementation and development of said teachings by the gymnast was remarkable
To see her land this final effort after many close failed attempts as we were packing away was truly magnificent. As 3hrs ago she stood puzzled on an air track facing a block.
Stunning development Warrior. The future looks bright.
To be the first gymnastic teams (without a purpose built facility), to win Gold and 2 Silvers at this years British Gymnastics Southern Tournament is their finest achievement to date.
The shot that launched the first ever http://www.NW Flyer has to be included. We would usually go in to some bio mechanical breakdown at this point, however the opposition spectating coaches facial expression conveys more than any words we could write.
Stunning Height. Stunning Shaaaape in Flight. Bravo warrior. Absolute thing of beauty.
A few Trainee Warriors (aged 5-7) upon hearing that their development had reached competition standard, have asked what it’s like to compete?
Our reply of 1st have fun. Because whats the point of competing if you don’t enjoy it. Secondly, irrespective of the result, the support from your parents ‘The Loud & Proud Posse’ and the bond with your team mates will remain with you for life. Left them somewhat perplexed…
In the interest of transparency for all those who asked, here is raw uncut footage form 1066 Hastings. No edits. No titles. Just the full performance courtesy of Steve Walker Photography.
Hopefully this explains why they are called the L&PP.
So thank you parents for giving these gymnasts the support they truly deserve and for giving them a memory for life.
Over the years, I’m always amazed at what kids can do in the right environment. I used to think it meant having the latest modern equipment with flashing logos. However Nix has taught me that the right atmosphere is crucial to development…
Easter time is here and like all parents operation keep them occupied begins. Feeling chuffed after nights of logistically planning each day’s activities, with multiple weather options I might add…Our parental schedule was thrown out of the window due to Dan and Charlotte.
Sea world? No Daddy. Cinema to see Dumbo? No Mummy. How about Swimming? No Daddy. The Arcades then…No Mummy.
Well what do you want to do?
Can we go to the Easter Camps to see Dan and Charlotte.
Total parental emasculation right there. So to see what all the fuss is about go to our Easter camp page.
If you have ever stood and watched an experienced person executing the task that they have mastered. There’s a mesmerising effortless ease in their execution of that task. You feel drawn in to watching the conclusion of their creation because each progression is seamless, to an extent where your compelled to see the finished article of beauty.
Today was one of those days!
In 60 minutes I witnessed a Coach perform that artistry. Pulling out preps from the 80’s, Nicky used a matrix of biomechanical inputs and obstacles that confused the spectating coaches.
When a block was placed on the tumble track in the embryonic stages of progressions the final outcome was not evident. However like one those upside down paintings it was one of those Wow…I get it now moments.
The reason why we are here. The Original Warriors!
A day I will never forget.
There’s one thing a coach can not give any athlete…Heart. As the great man so eloquently describes it come from within. This team from 1 to 10 had Ali’s mentality in abundance.
In 2011 the International cup was in its embryonic years. Its popularity now has risen sharply. However back then at the elite level male and female teams competed against each other for the title.
Whilst unique in this aspect, there were obvious biological advantages to the male teams, especially on difficulty.
A team nurtured by Nicky with one outside addition, rose to the challenge and took on the boys in Grand Canarias
Never having competed abroad was an attracting proposition to these gymnasts but having witnessed them live in battle the challenge of what stood before them was the real attraction that they could not resist.
Knowing they could not control the others teams difficulty advantage, they endeavoured to being the best they could be.
Now we wait….
Oh my goodness, nearly 3 clean runs was unprecedented in those days. As teams were pushing the boundaries to gain more points, some moves were…lets say not autonomous and falls were common place.
My biggest regret to date in TeamGym was this very moment. Not appreciating the greatness of the performance I had just witnessed. Furthermore the character of that team. It all happened within my first 6 months coaching with Nicky. I just took it for granted that this is how teamgym was. This is how all athletes train.
8 years on I now realise its how ‘They’ trained and how Nicky coached them, and how as a team they fought for one another. As adults now, mothers, teachers, doctors, the list goes on…but if I’d know your were that good I would of called Spielberg rather than using an I pad.
Form is temporary Class is permanent. Thank you all as your class has inspired the next generation of Warriors.
Hope this tribute goes someway in repaying my naivety. Or at the very least gives you something to show whomever, the outstanding performance on display. On that day you truly were exceptional.
‘To finish 1st first you must Finish’ (Rick Mears Racing driver).
The most important thing in landing any gymnastic move is to see the landing area before you Land. As ridiculously obvious as this sounds, spotting is a crucial art that has to be learnt through progressive phases of your development.
A Superb demonstration of spotting whilst in an economical Twisting Shape. No brainer for Wall of Fame selection. Bravo Warrior!
In a performance that superseded all our expectations, at this years Bracknell Southern Teamgym Tournament, the 3 NW teams entered secured 1 Gold and 2 Silver’s. Whoop Whoop!
Whilst daunting competing against all the Southern Clubs who have purpose built facilities. Your truly remarkable performance of execution is what shone through and a great confidence booster for the future.