Following the Welsh and Scottish Championships which took place at the end of February, the English Championships will take place this weekend, March 18th through March 20th 2016. Later this year the various countries that comprise Great Britain will come together for the British Championships, with the British Team Championships taking place last weekend in Glasgow. However first the English Championships will take place in on the grounds of Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK.
Both MAG and WAG gymnasts will compete, ranging from the Espoir women, Junior women and Senior women and men’s 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under, 18 and under and senior.
Of course, British gymnastics is on the rise, with the women capturing an historic bronze medal at last year’s World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland and the men capturing a silver medal, continuing their success both individually and as a team following their historic bronze medal as a team at the 2012 London Olympics.
Therefore these Championships and the British, Scottish and Welsh Championships should be watched carefully as the future is most certainly bright for Gymnastics in the UK.
Amongst the women, the roster is stacked with notable names. Among the most notable gymnasts to watch is 2015 World Championships bronze medalist and reigning English AA Champion, Amy Tinkler of South Durham Gymnastics who is fresh off a great performance at the American Cup in Newark, New Jersey where she placed 4th AA with a score of 55.932 and showed impressive upgrades on beam, namely upgrading her flight series. She also had an impressive showing last weekend at the British Team Championships where she was an integral part in her gym, South Durham placing 3rd.
Another gymnast to watch is 2008 Olympian and also a member of the 2015 World Championships team that won bronze last year, Becky Downie, who is most notable for her UB work, having become both the Commonwealth and European UB Champion in 2014. She is an extremely strong competitor with tremendous difficulty on UB, showing innovative skills. She is also excellent on BB, having won a silver medal on that event at the 2015 European Championships. She will only compete these two events this weekend.
Embattled gymnast, Gabby Jupp who is on the comeback trail from a second ACL tear in early 2015 will also compete this weekend. She returned to competition at the Welsh Championships last month, competing BB and UB and winning both of those events and hopes to put on another strong performance this weekend.
Another senior to take note of is Ruby Harrold. A member of the bronze medal winning team at the World Championships last year, Ruby, like Becky is best on bars, making the final at last years World Championships and competing in the craziest Worlds event final to date. Ruby also can compete as an AA gymnast, winning the silver medal in the AA at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. However it is unknown whether she will compete AA, having only competed 3 events last weekend at the British Team Championships.
New senior, Georgia Mae-Fenton will also compete this weekend, eager to make an impact on the senior stage, having had a successful junior career.
2015 World Championships bronze medalist, Kelly Simm who was slated to compete at last weekends Glasgow World Cup, however was scratched due to injury will not compete this weekend due to that same injury, along with new senior, Catherine Lyons, who’s senior debut was much anticipated. Also interestingly, 2015 World Championships bronze medalist and 2014 Commonwealth Games AA Champion, Claudia Fragapane, who was originally listed to compete has been taken off the list, having just competed last weekend at the Glasgow World Cup and showed impressive upgrades on BB to win the bronze medal.
Ellie Downie, who was also a member of the bronze medal winning team in Glasgow, was originally not on the list as she was scheduled to travel to Stuttgart to compete at the Stuttgart World Cup this weekend. However, she has now been replaced by Rebecca Tunney who was originally supposed to compete at the English Championships this weekend, however will now compete in Stuttgart. Tunney was the youngest member of the GB Olympic team in 2012 and has struggled with injuries in recent years, however was impressive last weekend at the British Team Championships, looking as good as she did in 2012. It is presumed now that Ellie won’t compete at all this weekend.
Amongst the juniors, Louise McColgan, who will compete as a guest as she is a Scottish gymnast is one to note, having missed the Scottish Championships in February due to injury is now back in full health. Welsh gymnasts, who will also compete as guests, Maisie Methuen, Jolie Ruckley and Latalia Bevan are all ones to watch also. However it is notable that Bevan and Ruckley were scheduled to compete at L’International Gymnix in February along with Methuen, however withdrew due to injury and so may not be at full strength.
Notable English juniors are the three gymnasts that joined Methuen at L’International Gymnix, Ellesse Oates, Alice Kinsella and Taeja James, all of whom are certainly gymnasts on the rise.
More information of the event is available on the British Gymnastics website: https://www.british-gymnastics.org/england/english-artistic-championships-2016
Full roster and timetable is available here: https://www.british-gymnastics.org/documents/regions-and-home-countries/england/7532-2016-english-championships-draw-v3-15-3-16/file
Competition begins on Friday 18th and continues through to Sunday 20th.
Tickets finished being sold online today, however tickets may be still available at the door. More information on the British Gymnastics website in the above link.
The event will be streamed on the Gymdata YouTube channel.