About Swallows

Swallows of Helston is a gymnastic club in Cornwall with approximately 350 members, ranging from around 3 years old to adults. A broad range of classes are run weekly, incorporating all ages, at recreational, display and competitive levels.



13 May

British School’s Floor & Vault finals 2014

National School's Champions 20145 gymnasts from the Swallows of Helston recently took part in the British School’s finals in Stoke On Trent in the Under 14 (mixed) event.

13 year old Maea Morgan, 12 year olds Cameron Wheat, Phoebe Jenkin and Matthew Heaney and 11 year old Shannon Standing all formed a great team against schools from all over the Country, including Northern Ireland.

The team compiled an unbeatable Vault tally of 60.90 out of a possible 64.00, and with a set of fantastic floor routines totalling 56.79 were the clear leaders by 5 whole marks after round three.

It was clearly nail biting stuff waiting for the final schools to take to the arena in round four!  The gymnasts were all of a good standard and some well executed floor routines were being produced.  Finally at around 5pm the competition had come to an end and the presentations began.

In 3rd were the team from Yorkshire, in 2nd were Coopers Company & Coburns and the Champions by a clear 2.00 marks were Helston Community College with a well deserved team total in excess of 117.00

Congratulations to all the gymnasts who have worked well together as a team.  Also special thanks as always to the Team coaches – Ainsti Hickman-Jones and Pat Hickman for all her choreography input.  The girls floor routines were amazing and so well performed.  Thank you to Jaron for travelling from Loughborough Uni to be with the boys and to our wonderful minibus driver Ian from HCC.

29 Apr

County Level 4,3 & 2 Floor & Vault 2014

Levels V&A 2014 EliteWell done to all our wonderful girls competing in the afternoon’s Level 4,3 and 2 events.

Level 4 Champions – Zara Mitchell (10) and Dana Littlejohns (11).  Also to the overall Silver medallists – Katie Mayall (10) and Autumn-Star Mills (11)

Team Champion – Zara, Katie, Autumn-Star and Dana – Fantastic achievement to you all.

Level 3 – Champion 12 yrs – Phoebe Jenkin

Level 2 Champions – Maea Morgan (13) and Heather Bolton (14+).  Overall Bronze medallist – Libby Rescorla (14+)

Level 2 Team Champions went to Libby, Maea and Heather.  Congratulations to Maea for performing her Tsukahara for the first time, a great effort, to Libby for her new vault – piked tsukahara,  and also to Phoebe  for her new tumble, almost paying off!!

A great finish to a wonderful day girls, well done.

29 Apr

Level 5 gymnasts at Floor & Vault 2014

Level 5 V&A 2014 A great competition was had by all at the recent Level 5 County Floor and Vault Championships in Helston.

Level 5 –  8 yrs Champion, Scarlett Thompson (1st on Vault) and (2nd on Floor)

Level 5 – 9 yrs – Silver medallist , Zoe Hopkins (2nd on Floor), Stella Laws – (3rd on Floor), overall 4th and Ashleigh Shovel (2nd on Vault), 5th overall

The team comprising of  Scarlett, Stella, Zoe and Ashleigh took the overall Gold medal spot by 0.704.  A great team effort.

Level 5 – 10yrs – Silver medallist, Madison Stanfield (=2nd on Vault) and (3rd on Floor),  Yuki Cornish overall Bronze medallist (1st on Vault), Charlotte Fidler (=2nd on Vault), overall 7th, Kaitlyn Standing overall 9th position.

Level 5 – 11 yrs – Bronze medallist, Katie McCartney (3rd on Floor).

The team comprising of Madison, Yuki, Charlotte, Kaitlyn and Katie took the overall Silver medal in the competition just 0.673 behind the top spot!

In the 12+ event Jessica Woods took the overall Gold medal in the 14+ age group with Dana Wheat following in Bronze medal position.  Jessica was ranked 1st on Vault and 2nd on Floor, with Dana close behind on the Floor with 3rd place.

Shannon Standing had a great Vault finishing in 1st place, but due to a low floor score finished in 7th position overall.

The team finished in 4th place, narrowly missing the medals.

Well done to all the girls for a great competition.  And a very special thank you from the coaches to all the wonderful parents that assisted throughout the day running the coffee shop, music ladies, announcer and everyone for their assitance in tidying up at the end of the competition.


22 Apr

National Grades 2014

Congratulations to Megan Morris who recently passed her National Grade 7 with Distinction in Wiltshire.  After a disappointing Bars, Megan continued to improve with a clean Beam routine.  Megan was ranked 2nd on the Range & Conditioning for her Grade.

Also, to Heather Bolton who has now completed the National Grades system with a Pass as Grade 5.  Heather qualified to represent the South West at the National Grades Finals to be held on 17/18 May in Birmingham.  Heather is one of 5 gymnasts to make up the the South West Region’s team.   Good luck Heathie x