The 2016 British Championships that bring together Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish and English gymnasts to compete for the crown of British Champion gets underway this weekend and will be held in the Echo Arena, Liverpool from Friday, April 8th until Sunday, April, 10th.
WAG & MAG gymnasts of various ages will compete, along with disability gymnasts.
With regards to WAG, the roster will be packed with talented young junior gymnasts, along with the main contenders to make the GB Olympic Team this Summer.
Amonst the juniors, names to note are Welsh gymnast, Maisie Methuen who became Welsh National Champion before being chosen to compete at L’International Gymnix in Montreal, Canada, representing Great Britain. Her Gymnix teammates, Ellesse Oates, Taeja James and Alice Kinsella, who recently took the AA title at the English Championships will also be front runners for the title of British Champion.
Scottish standout, Louise McColgan, who was scheduled to compete, sadly will not compete after rolling her ankle during training. Also missing is Welsh standout, Latalia Bevan who was scheduled to competed at L’International Gymnix, however has been plagued by injuries and ultimately decided, whilst returning to competition at the English Championships recently to rest and recover completely.
Amonst the senior gymnasts 2015 World Championships bronze medalists, Amy Tinkler and Claudia Fragapane are both top contenders and have both had fantastic starts to their Olympic year. Fragapane showed huge upgrades at the Glasgow World Cup in March, particularly on BB. These upgrades earned her the bronze medal at the World Cup event and she hen subsequently went on to win the AA at the English Championships, overcoming reigning English Champion, Amy Tinkler. Tinkler, who started her 2016 at the American Cup in Newark, New Jersey in March, placed 4th AA at that event and although being overcome by Fragapane at the English Championships and not defending her English title she will most certainly fight hard to defend her British title this weekend.
Other gymnasts to watch are 2014 World Championships competitor, Gabby Jupp, who is coming back strong after an ACL tear in 2015. Despite missing the English Championships in March, she wowed at the British Team Championships, especially on UB, where she showed impressive upgrades. Becky Downie also should be watched. Not competing the AA but strong on her two events, UB and BB, she most certainly will be in with a chance of a medal on both and is certainly a contender for Rio, having won that historic bronze medal with Team GB at last years World Championships.
Her sister, Ellie Downie, also a member of that historic team will also compete this weekend, after missing the English Championships in March, this will be her first competition back after the World Championships and it will be interesting to see her back in action. 2012 Olympian, Rebecca Tunney, who replaced Ellie Downie at the Stuttgart World Cup recently is also on the comeback trail, after competing throughout 2012 and 2013 and being plagued with injuries since, she is looking stronger than ever and this talented gymnast is certainly making her case for a spot on the 2016 Olympic team.
Also notable, 2015 World Championships bronze medalist, Kelly Simm, also on the comeback trail will compete this weekend after missing the beginning of the 2016 season due to injury. Fellow World Championships bronze medalist, Ruby Harrold, should also be noted, especially on UB, where she shines.
New senior Georgia Mae-Fenton is also notable, however after struggling with injury and not competing AA at the English Championships, it is hard to say what to expect from her this weekend.
Gymternet favourite and fellow new senior, Catherine Lyons is still struggling with injuries and will not compete.
Live coverage of the event is being provided by British Gymnastics and the BBC will broadcast live from the event on the final day of competition, Sunday, 10th April.
More information is available here: https://www.british-gymnastics.org/event/8094/artistic-gymnastics-british-championships-2016
Live scoring and live coverage is available here: https://www.british-gymnastics.org/news-and-events/british-championships/mens-and-womens-artistic
Schedule is as follows:
Friday 8th April
12:30 – 15:00 Junior AA Championships
Saturday 9th April
12:20 – 14:30 Senior AA Subdivision 1
13:15 – 17:15 Senior AA Subdivision 2
18:00 – 19:50 Senior AA Subdivision 3
Sunday 10th April
10:30 – 13:30 Junior Apparatus Finals, Disability Apparatus Finals
13:45 – 16:50 Senior Apparatus Finals