lundi 28 mai 2018

Nina Derwael and Noah Kuavita are the 2018 Belgian Champions!

This weekend, Izegem hosted the 2018 Belgian Championships. With just a little over two months to go until the European Championships, our national teams, both Juniors and Seniors, are determined to show the best of themselves.

Credit : Florence Lestienne
On the women's side, Nina Derwael took the title easily, depsite two falls on beam, with the score of 53.050. Her best event was, no surprise here, the uneven bars, where she once again broke her record, scoring 15.350. Nina then delivered a good floor routine to win the first Seniors National title of her career.

In silver position, we have Axelle Klinckaert, who showed an impressive and controlled Yurchenko full twist on vault. Beam was an issue for her too, but she delivered some good moves and even competed a brand new mount, a roundoff layout with full twist. She finished strong on floor with her Harry Potter-themed routine, to score 51.000.

Senna Deriks completes the podium. She also had troubles on beam but entertained the public with her Michael Jackson floor routine. Her total of 49.550 was enough to award her the bronze medal, ahead of Maellyse Brassart and Laura Aerts. Rune Hermans only did bars and beam, while Julie Meyers only performed on bars.

Credit: Florence Lestienne
Fien Enghels won the Juniors title, with the total of 50.900 and a steady competition. Her best event was the uneven bars, with a 13.000, and she showed great control on beam as well (12.850). Margaux Daveloose takes the silver (49.950). Margaux had to count a fall on beam but then came back strong on floor, where she earned the best score (13.100). Lisa Vaelen is in 3rd place, thanks to a good vault and an impressive full twisting double back on floor (49.250).

On the men's side, the competition was exciting and wowed the crowd with impressive skills. Noah Kuavita, after amazing performances, notably on horizontal bar, floor and vault, earned a total score of 82.650. 

Credit: Florence Lestienne
Jimmy Verbaeys also had a great meet, and despite a mistake on vault, has proven to be ready for the upcoming events. Verbaeys was particularly impressive on parallel bars, where he got the best score of the competition, with 14.400. Jimmy got the silver with 81.150.

This competition also marked the return of Maxime Gentges, who had to undergo a wrist surgery after the World Championships last november. This was his first competition since Montreal and Maxime came to Izegem with no pressure and no particular expectations. But he proved to be fit and ready, enjoying every bit of the competition. Despite a fall on vault (a new one he still has to adjust on), he got 80.800 for the bronze medal.

Right behind him, Takumi Onoshima had a great meet too up until the last event, when he fell on his high bar dismount. He was followed by Luka Van den Keybus and Yureck Van Eetveld. Jonathan Vrolix only did 5 pieces but got good scores on floor and parallel bars, while 2017 National champion Daan Kenis didn't compete on floor, after his horizontal bar routine went wrong. Finally, Dennis Goossens got an impressive 14.950 on rings.

This competition was particularly important for the Juniors. 

Credit: Florence Lestienne
Ward Claeys easily took the gold, with 76.750, ahead of Nicola Cuyle, with 74.300. In 3rd place, we find Victor Martinez, a 1st year Junior. He had a good competition despite a fall on high bar and continues his progression. He got 73.800. In 4th, Justin Pesesse impressed on vault and floor, and was in the medal position before he fell on high bar and pommel horse. He finished just ahead of Mattis Bouchet, in 5th. Glen Cuyle was 6th. Wout De Smedt, Senne Spyckerelle, Bram Vanmullen and Abel Stoop complete the top 10.

Find the full results below:

* WAG : click here
* MAG : click here

You can find pictures of the compeition here and here 

vendredi 25 mai 2018

2018 Belgian Championships : who will take the crown?

The 2018 national season comes to an end, but things really only get started for our Juniors and Seniors this weekend, as they compete at the 2018 Belgian Championships, a competition that also serves as a test for the upcoming European Championships and the Youth Olympic Games.

Credit : GymFed
On the Juniors side, last year's champion, Julie Vandamme will be one to follow as she'll compete to retain her title. Margaux Daveloose, Kay-Li De Neef and Stacy Bertrandt will be right there too, fighting for a spot on the European Championships team, that will be held this summer in Glasgow. Keep an eye on Jade Vansteenkiste too, as well as young Fien Enghels. Other contenders also include last year's Top Gym participants, Lisa Vaelen and Cato Fleurackers, and FIT Challenge contender Margo Van Linden.

Noemie Louon, who showed great promises earlier this year at internal tests, will unfortunately not compete, due to a broken foot. 

On the seniors side, the field is packed, with Nina Derwael, Axelle Klinckaert, Rune Hermans, Maellyse Brassart, Julie Meyers and Senna Deriks all competing this weelend in Izegem. Also competing is Laura Aerts. A noticeable absent is Dorien Motten.

This competition is also important for our MAG teams. Junior Justin Pesesse, who placed 5th last week at a test in Eksel, will have to fight to retain his title. Victor Martinez, last year's Youth champion, will be one to look after, as well as the Cuyle brothers and Ward Claeys, who showed great potential last weekend. The competition promises a lot of suspense, with a packed field here too, with Mattis Bouchet, Liam De Smet and Wout De Smedt also wanting to prove their values, as the selection process for Juniors European and Youth Olympic Games gets harder.

On the Seniors side, no new faces. Maxime Gentges will make his comeback after undergoing a wrist surgery after World Championships last year. Daan Kenis, last year's champion, will have to keep an eye on him, as well as on Takumi Onoshima, Luka Van den Keybus, Jimmy Verbaeys and Noah Kuavita, who will fight for the medals. Dennis Goossens and Jonathan Vrolix will also compete this weekend.

WAG : click here 
MAG : click here

Find the selection procedures for European Championships and Youth Olympic Games below :
WAG : click here
MAG : click here