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2014 -  News Page

 Due to unforeseen circumstances, and with considerable reluctance - we are having to withdraw our Adult Session until  further notice.


Club gymnast experiences high moments at British Espoir Championships.

 Over the weekend of 6th and 7th December, Club gymnast Ella Ross-Jessop took a quantum leap  forward in her sporting development when she competed at the British Espoir Championships.

 Despite this being her first competition at British Espoir Level, Ella qualified for the Vault and Floor  Individual Apparatus Finals; a fantastic achievement in such an imposing arena.

 Well done Ella and her Coach Shirley. You have done your family, your Club, but most importantly -  yourself - proud with this brilliant achievement.


 Ella performing during the Individual Apparatus Floor Final

Individual Apparatus Floor Final

Lily with Pin

Individual Apparatus Floor Final

Lily with Pin

Getting a feel for the Arena

Maria with pin and trophy

Getting 'into the zone'

Natasha with Pin and Medal

'Och aye the moo'




Club gymnasts perform brilliantly at GfA F & V Competitions.

 Over the weekends of 22nd, 23rd and 29th, 30th November, Club gymnasts enjoyed considerable  success at the LG GfA Floor & Vault Competitions, held at Redbridge Leisure Centre.

 The full results can be viewed here.

 Notable performances were:

 Megan Stone's clean sweep in the FBR12C-Bronze Category, with the highest score in both Vault and  on Floor and first place overall in the category.

 Lily Griffin achieved the highest Vault score and first place in her category.

 Maria Taylor with the Highest Vault Score and third place in her category.


Back- Natasha and Maria. Front - Emma and Eva.

Lily with Pin


Lily with Pin


Maria with pin and trophy


Natasha with Pin and Medal


Megan with her clean sweep of trophies.



Neon Gymnastics Competition - 2014

 The weather on Sunday 23rd November was atrocious - with driving rain and gusting wind - but no  matter how bad the weather - there was nothing could dampen the spirits of the Ladywell Team as they  headed off to the 2014 Neon Competition at Tolworth Leisure Centre on Sunday 23rd  November.

 For many of the gymnasts, this was their toughest Competition to date and to their credit - they all  rose to the occasion.

 Well done girls. All your dedication and hard work paid off.

 Here is a selection of photo's taken on the day.

 The Results for this Competition can be found here.

The Ladywell Team - Neon 200

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 Ella performing during the Individual Apparatus Floor Final Ella performing during the Individual Apparatus Floor Final

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Club sends Team to Inaugural English Bronze & Silver Women's Artistic Championships.

 Over the weekend of 01st and 02nd November 2014, the Club sent a small Team of gymnasts to the  Inaugural English Bronze & Silver Women's Artistic Championships, held at the New College in  Leicester.

 As this was the inaugural event - the Club was honored to send a small Team - primarily to give the  girls the experience of competing at such a large and prestigious event

 As is typical with our gymnasts, they weren't overawed by the large venue and performed admirably

 Most notable achievements were Jodi Grace and Nicole Vieira, who both won Bronze Medals for  achieving the third highest scores on Vault within their group.

 Well done to all the girls who competed. You did us proud and we hope you enjoyed the event.


The Team, with Nicole on the right displaying her medal.

Jodi and Evie

Jodi (left) with her medal and Evie


Club send Team to Vitkovice Cup 2014 in Czech Republic.

 Over the weekend of 17th and 18th October 2014, the Club sent a small Team of gymnasts to Ostrava  in the Czech Republic to participate in the 30th Anniversary Vitkovice Cup, an International Women's  Artistic Competition. The Team was accompanied by Head Coach Shirley and Coach Nicole went along  as a Judge.

 These overseas Competitions are always fantastic experience for our gymnasts, as aside from the  competing element of the trip, the chance to experience different cultures and mix with children from  different countries is invaluable.

 The girls enjoyed mixed fortunes in the actual Competition, but all three gained invaluable experience  which can only hold them in good stead for the future.

 Well done girls and we are so glad you each expressed such positive
feedback in relation to the trip.

 Our Team at the Ostrave Competition.

Georgia, Ella and Isabel flying the Flag


Club Coach Calum successfully completes 'Tough Mudder'.

 Club Coach Calum loves a challenge and he certainly stepped up to the plate recently when he took  on the notoriously grueling 12 miles cross country event - over obstacles - aptly called the 'Tough  Mudder.

 The main objective of undertaking this formidable task, was to raise money in support of Cancer  Research UK. Calum achieved this admirably and has raised almost £600 to date.

 Well Done Calum - we are all immensely proud of you here at the Club.

 Calum would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated money or who offered  support towards his undertaking.

 Calum crosses the line after completing the Tough Mudder

Club Coach Calum crosses the finish line - wet but victorious.


Club wins Runner - Up in Regional Club of the Year.

 The Club was awarded the accolade of Runner-Up in the London Regional Club of the Year Category at  the London Gymnastics Awards Evening, held at the Shereaton Skyline Hotel, Heathrow on the evening  of Saturday 27th September.

 Well done to everyone involved with the Club for this acknowledgement of all your hard work.

 Also very well done to Richmond Gymnastics Club for winning this Category.

 Jodi with her Certificate and Pin

Club Manager & Head Coach Shirley with the Runners-Up Certificate


Club gymnast Jodi Grace Awarded Master Gymnast Level 3.


 Club gymnast Jodi Grace was awarded the Master Gymnast Level 3 Certificate and Pin at the London  Gymnastics Awards Evening, held at the Shereaton Skyline Hotel, Heathrow on the evening of  Saturday 27th September.

 Well done Jodi.

 Jodi with her Certificate and Pin

Jodi displaying her Certificate and Pin

Congratulations to Club Coach on the birth of her baby

Baby Boy Frankie

Baby Frankie

 10th July 2014.


 On Thursday 10th July at 9.59pm, Club Coach Sinaid gave birth to a baby boy.
 She has named him  Frankie.
 The baby boy caused quite a stir as he was the first grandson born for Sinaid's parents and  the first  male great-grandchild born to Sinaid's grandfather Frank - after seven great granddaughters !

 The Club would like to wish SInaid, Frankie and her entire family circle good health and good fortune for  the future.

Club Team Runs the Race for Life

The girls ready for the off.

** Our Final Total came to an amazing £1948.51p - THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH !!

 07th July 2014.


 I would just like to express my most sincere and heartfelt THANKS to everyone who either took part in  the Race for Life on Blackheath yesterday, 06th July as part of Team Ladywell; came along to support  on the day, or donated money, either through Just Giving or directly at the Club.
 It was such an amazing, moving and inspirational day for us all.

 To see so many people, who are currently suffering from cancer of one form or another, giving their all  on the day was just humbling and reduced many of us to tears. The little trials and tribulations of  everyday life that we  moan about were really put into perspective by these amazing people.

 We have already passed our target total for what we wanted to raise and we will advise you all of the  final total in due course……WELL DONE !!! amazing effort by everyone involved - and once again  THANK YOU  ALL SO MUCH.

 Shirley Callaghan.
 Team Leader.
 Team Ladywell in Race for Life.


Club gymnasts attend FAME SVOD WA Competition in Deventer Holland.

{ Results for this event can be viewed here}  

 A Team comprising 6 gymnasts and two Coaches headed to Deventer in Holland to participate in the  SVOD FAME Women's Artistic International Competition over the weekend 28th and 29th June.

 Despite it being a rather hectic weekend - it is always immensely enjoyable and the girls who attend  always give of their best efforts in the various competitions.

 Below is a selection of the photos taken involving the elements of the journey; both to and from the  event.
 Industrial action by Belgian train staff placed huge strain on the journey home, but after a thirteen hour,  four country dash across Europe, the girls arrived home safe and sound.

 A selection of photos from the Competition is being acquired and will be displayed here in due course.

 Well done girls. You're always such a pleasure to take anywhere.

Starting Out

Setting off fresh

On the Train at last

Smiles of relief - final leg

and another train!

Where are we?...oh yeagh...on a train

grabbing 40 winks

Recharging the batteries

all we needed was a traffic jam

Traffic jam on the outskirts of Brussels.

this is how I feel right now

This is how I feel right now !!!

two and a half hour queue for the bus to Lille

Two and a half hour bus queue in Brussels!

waiting on yet another train

Another station....another train...



Club gymnast Jodi Grace represents London at National Grades Championships.


 Club gymnast Jodi Grace was a member of the London Region Team at the National Grades  Championship, which were held in Birmingham over the weekend of 17th/18th May.

 The Team won a well deserved Silver Medal. Well done girls and well done Jodi.

 Jodi with her Silver Medal

Jodi displaying her Silver Medal

Ella Ross-Jessop enters English National Championships.

 In a bid to gain priceless experience, Club gymnast Ella Ross-Jessop was entered into the English  Championship in Wigan over the weekend of 14th/15th/16th March.

 When you consider, eleven year old Ella was sharing this Competition Arena with many female  gymnasts who competed at the London 2012 Olympics and subsequent World Championships, she  emerged having done herself, her family and the Club proud.

 Ella thoroughly enjoyed herself and this experience will doubtless prove invaluable in her future career  as a gymnast.

 Ella warming up

Club wins British Gymnastics 'Club of the Year' Award for 2013 - 2014.

Club Manager & Head Coach with Awards

Shirley Callaghan proudly holds her Award of Merit and Club of the Year Awards

 Imagine if you can, the scene of one of the proudest nights in our Club's long, illustrious history.

 The occasion was the British Gymnastics Annual Awards Evening, held at the Kettering Conference  Centre on 8 June 2013.

 A party of Coaches and staff from Lewisham based Ladywell Gymnastics Club found themselves sitting  amidst the great and the good of the UK gymnastics world - including several members of the Bronze  Medal winning Team GB Men’s Olympic Gymnastics Team - as nominees in the Club of the Year  Category.

 When your Club's Mission Statement reads, “To enrich lives through Gymnastics” - and your ethos is  an open door to all, irrespective of race, creed, ethnicity or impairment  - simply being nominated for  such a prestigious award by your sport’s National Governing Body is a huge, and somewhat  unexpected honour.

 Early in the proceedings, Club Manager and Head Coach Shirley Callaghan was presented with an  Award of Merit’ for her prolonged contribution to gymnastics - a sport she has been involved in for more  than thirty years.

 As the excitement built towards the end of the ceremony, the Ladywell contingent were very relaxed as  they don’t really see themselves as award winners, so you can imagine the shock and delight as their  name was called out as recipients of the coveted Club of the Year Award.

 Club Manager Shirley rightly states that this award is the culmination of many years of concerted effort  by many people both past and present during the Club’s forty seven year history, and she wishes to  dedicate to and share the award with everyone who has ever helped the Club get where it stands today.


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