Daniel's voluntary floor routine from a team competition he took part in at the weekend.
Voluntary routine means you can perform whatever moves you like. There are restrictions, you have to perform a certain number of moves, include certain types of moves, and so on, but precisely what you do and the order you do them in are up to you.
In this competition, the West Midlands Team Championship, a team consists of up to six gymnasts. The gymnasts do a voluntary floor routine and also compete on the vault. You do two vaults, with the best one scoring. Each score is out of 10, and there's some crazy scheme for how scores are decided but don't ask me what it is. You think the offside rule is tricky? That's just peanuts compared to gymnastics. Your floor and vault score are added to give your final individual score. The team score is the sum of the four best floor scores and four best vault scores in your team.
Daniel is a member of Revolution Gymnastics Club and was part of the Under 11 Boys team. They won the bronze medal. Yay! They were all terrific. I'd watched them train the night before, and wasn't convinced they would do especially well, particularly as they were in Under 11s when they were all (bar one) under 9s. At the competition, all six boys performed better than I had ever seen them do before. It was super.
(If I can play the doting Dad for a mo, Daniel had the second highest score on floor with 8.8, and the fourth highest overall score.)
Unfortunately, I missed recording Daniel's opening arabesque which is a pity because it was a cracker. The voice you can hear my Dad amateur coaching mutterings. It was recorded from the balcony at the rather splendid Walsall Sports Centre at the University of Wolverhampton Walsall Campus on Sunday the 15th.