May 24th 2022
After all the trials and tribulations of the Covid-filled past two years, another sinister situation is currently being faced by the Jersey Special Gymnastics Club.
The Club have been told they must vacate their premises at Greenfields and remove all their substantial equipment from the site.
This is at a time when the club have a team participating in UK for a competition in early July, which is a qualifier for the next World Games in Berlin next year. If one or more of the gymnasts are selected for a GB team slot it will, of course, add pressure to ensure the club have some access to a gym and equipment for training. There are only three places available on the GB Team so competition will be strong.
According to the JSAD, this is a particular body-blow as there is no political leadership anywhere in the run up to the general election next month. The JSAD also say that: ”This club has produced some of the finest athletes Jersey has seen, at world level, so this situation is totally unacceptable.”
The States of Jersey’s Children, Education and Skills department have sent a “notice to vacate the sports hall” at Greenfields Secure Children’s home, citing that “due to the nature of risk associated with residents at Greenfields, we are unable to establish dual purpose.”
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."
Take a look at some images from the final gym competition of the year.
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.
MAG DISABILITY MASTERS 2018 - ALL ROUND
|Gold Medal||Alex Buesnel||68.300|
|Bronze medal||James Lang||64.150|
|Fifth place||Matthew Kirkland||53.300|
|Sixth place||Aaron Bonnar||52.150|
MAG DISABILITY MASTERS 2018 - FLOOR
|Bronze medal||Matthew Kirkland||11.700|
|Fourth place||Alex Buesnel||11.650|
|Sixth place||Aaron Bonnar||11.200|
|Seventh place||James lang||11.200|
MAG DISABILITY MASTERS 2018 - POMMEL HORSE
|Gold Medal||Alex Buesnel||10.650|
|Silver Medal||Matthew Kirkland||10.550|
|Bronze medal||James Lang||10.300|
MAG DISABILITY MASTERS 2018 - RINGS
|Silver Medal||Alex Buesnel||11.050|
|Fourth place||James Lang||10.300|
|Fifth place||Aaron Bonnar||10.200|
MAG DISABILITY MASTERS 2018 - PARALLEL BARS
|Gold Medal||Alex Buesnel||11.900|
|Bronze medal||James Lang||10.950|
|Fifth place||Matthew Kirkland||10.500|
|Sixth place||Aaron Bonnar||10.050|
MAG DISABILITY MASTERS 2018 - BOTH VAULTS
|Silver Medal||Alex Buesnel||11.000|
|Fourth place||James Lang||10.800|
|Fifth place||Aaron Bonnar||10.500|
|Seventh place||Matthew Kirkland||10.400|
MAG DISABILITY MASTERS 2018 - HIGH BAR
|Gold Medal||Alex Buesnel||12.050|
|Bronze medal||James Lang||10.600|
|Fourth place||Aaron Bonnar||10.200|
|Fifth place||Matthew Kirkland||10.150|
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
For two of the gymnasts, Marc and Monique, it was their first tournament outside Jersey and they both had a great competition and experience.
|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|
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.
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!”
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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