13th January 2003
Stoke Contest Report
The 2003 season got off to a flying start for both the Juniors and Seniors at the WGUK contest held in Stoke On Trent on Saturday 11th January.
First up were the Junior Guard. The 13 members, dressed in the bright multi-coloured costumes against a backdrop of their yellow and green floor, made the whole arena light up as they performed to the upbeat Smashmouth number - Walking On The Sun. There were 8 other units competing in the Junior Class and competition looked fierce but nothing seemed to stop the 11 girls and 2 boys as they were awarded joint 1st Place. Still a long way to go before the end of the season but what a brilliant way to start.
The Senior Guard were 4th on out of the 7 Open Class units and were wearing their new two tone blue costumes for the first time (as there weren't quite ready for the Preview a week earlier). The 9 girls had worked hard over the previous few weeks to put finishing touches to the show ready to start the season and were a class act performing their "Spring" production on a green/yellow painted "grass effect" flooring. The result today of 3rd Place was pleasing as there is still plenty to add (and finish) in the show and sets the Guard up for an exciting season.
Two weeks until the Knights sponsored show at Burgess Hill were the Juniors will see whether there scores will promote them up to A Class, the Seniors can see of the planned enhancements will bring them closer to the top and the Rugrats get there first contest experience for 2003.