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Gym Club stars meet Jersey's Bailiff

Four members of the Jersey Special Gym Club that performed so well at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi this year were invited to meet the Bailiff, with their family and friends, in recognition of their achievements representing Great Britain.


Also invited were three further gymnasts who competed at  previous World Games in Los Angeles and Athens.


They all chatted to the Bailiff and some States members about their experiences, and to show them their medals.


Deputy Kevin Pamplin said on Twitter: "Great to catch up and celebrate the success of our brilliant medal-winning ambassadors. A wonderful reminder of what hard work, teamwork, and aiming for your dreams can bring."





Christmas Competition photos 2018

Take a look at some images from the final gym competition of the year.

12 medals at British Masters

Four Jersey special gymnasts came home from the Echo Arena in Liverpool after earning 12 medals, at the British Disability Masters.


Alex Buesnel won four golds, including taking top position in the All-Round section. There were also medals for James Lang and  Matthew Kirkland, with Aaron Bonner just missing out on bronze in the High Bar.


Full Jersey results below.


                   Gold Medal            Alex Buesnel         68.300 
  Bronze medal James Lang 64.150
  Fifth place Matthew Kirkland 53.300
  Sixth place Aaron Bonnar 52.150


                   Bronze medal       Matthew Kirkland   11.700
  Fourth place Alex Buesnel 11.650
  Sixth place Aaron Bonnar 11.200
  Seventh place James lang 11.200


                   Gold Medal            Alex Buesnel         10.650 
  Silver Medal Matthew Kirkland 10.550
  Bronze medal James Lang 10.300


                   Silver Medal           Alex Buesnel        11.050 
  Fourth place James Lang 10.300
  Fifth place Aaron Bonnar 10.200


                   Gold Medal            Alex Buesnel         11.900 
  Bronze medal James Lang 10.950
  Fifth place Matthew Kirkland 10.500
  Sixth place Aaron Bonnar 10.050


                   Silver Medal            Alex Buesnel         11.000 
  Fourth place James Lang 10.800
  Fifth place Aaron Bonnar 10.500
  Seventh place Matthew Kirkland 10.400


                   Gold Medal            Alex Buesnel         12.050 
  Bronze medal James Lang 10.600
  Fourth place Aaron Bonnar 10.200
  Fifth place Matthew Kirkland 10.150

Medals for entire squad in Poole! 

10 members of the Jersey Special Gymnastics Club competed in the Poole Open Artistic Gymnastics Competition at Rossmore Leisure Centre, and all ten came back with medals.


 Chloe, the senior member of the squad, travelled to compete for the first time after an 18-month break for surgery on both knees. She had an outstanding competition, coming home with three medals.

For two of the gymnasts, Marc and Monique, it was their first tournament outside Jersey and they both had a great competition and experience. 

  Level Vault Floor Beam/PBars
Chloe Russell Level 1 - U21 Gold Silver Silver
Harry Sinclair Level 1 - U16 Silver Bronze x
Alexandra Wheatley Level 1 - U16 Gold Gold Gold
Anais Martin-Cellier Level 1 - U12 Gold Gold Gold
Liam Timothy Level B - U12 Silver Bronze x
Talia Racjan Level B - U12 Gold Bronze x
Marc Silvester Level B - U12 Silver x x
Isabella Mendes Level A - U9 Silver Bronze x
Monique Gueguen Level 1 - U9 Gold Bronze Gold
Isabella Doucet Level 1 - U9  x Silver Bronze

Tenth British title for Alex Buesnel!

Alex Buesnel with his trophy Alex Buesnel with his trophy

Jersey Special Gymnastic Club’s superstar Alex Buesnel has won the 2017 British Disability Championships Men's Open Title for an unbelievable tenth consecutive year at the National Sports Centre in Lilleshall. 


His four team mates at the event also did the club proud. Matthew Kirkland and Aaron Bonnar made it a 1-2-3 with Alex in the Men’s Open, Cailiegh Quail was second overall in the Women’s Senior, while at the ripe old age of 42, Rui Reis won overall Gold in the Senior Men’s B Competition.

The squad of five at Lilleshall

In the Men’s Open, Alex secured Gold medals on all the apparatus, (vault, pommel, rings, floor, high bar and parallel bars) to take the overall title for the tenth consecutive time.


Alex’s dad Gary did not hide his pride, saying: “To win one national title is fantastic, to win ten back to back is nothing short of phenomenal!”

Alex on his way to his 10th title Alex on his way to his 10th title



That is something that has never been achieved before, and surely means that Alex is the greatest disability men's gymnast that Great Britain has ever produced.



Matthew Kirkland took second place with three Silvers and two Bronze medals, with Aaron Bonnar, who was equal second with only the high bar left, taking third place overall with two Silvers and two Bronze.


Head coach Yana Vibert thought that those second and third positions were well deserved. “Both boys have worked really hard this year with both putting many more new skills into their routines.” 

MEN'S OPEN Floor Pom Ring Vault P Bar H Bar Total
1 Alex Buesnel 12.400 10.850 11.100 11.150 10.950 10.900 67.350
2 Matthew Kirkland 10.950 10.500 8.750 10.650 10.500 8.700 60.050
3 Aaron Bonnar 11.350 10.000 9.700 10.650 9.650 7.550 58.900

In taking second place overall in the Women’s Senior Open, Cailiegh Quail won six silvers against a long standing competitor from Glasgow, Georgia Carslow.


Rui Reis competed in the Senior Men's Competition B and amassed a really impressive five Golds and two Silvers. At 42 years old, Rui was competing against men half his age but he showed his dominance winning overall Gold.



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