The Elite Trophy will be awarded to the gymnast annually on the basis of outstanding achievements throughout the past year. The Elite Trophy is awarded to the gymnast for enthusiasm for gymnastics, commitment to improving their skills both in and out of the gym, actively participating in competitions, and being a friend to all other gymnasts.
This year is the first year of the Elite Gymnast of the Year trophy, and we are thrilled to award it to one of our oldest and longest Star-Tastic members. Esme Spencer has trained with us since the beginning at Rosebery, joining our after-school club on a Tuesday she quickly became one of our most competitive and driven gymnasts. This year she has gone above and beyond our expectations, she increased her conditioning throughout lockdown, attended all of our zoom classes whilst also juggling studying and coaching.
Back in the gym, she overcame a huge mental block with backward tumbling, even going as far as gaining her yurchenko entry on vault! As well as regaining backward tumbling, she has also got her tucked tsukahara on vault, Korbut flic on beam, handspring full twist on floor, and More on bars!
Now off at uni, she is missed by all the gymnasts she coached, the ones she inspires, and all the coaches who have taught her over the last 8 years. We can’t wait to see what she gets up to uni and for her to visit us when she’s back home!