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.
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.