This weekend saw the top British age group gymnasts compete at Pipers Vale in Ipswich for the title of national compulsory champion, and the chance to progress on the elite path. For information on the compulsory system see this blog’s comprehensive explanation of how the system works here :
This competition was level 2 and 1, the last of the age group levels for British gymnasts. Those competing ‘in age’ were 2004 born for the level 2 gymnasts, so turning 11 this year, and 2003 born for the level 1 gymnasts, these girls turning 12 this year.
Out of age gymnasts are also allowed to compete at these levels, their results are separate.
At level 2 in age the results are as follows, the pass mark to move on to compulsory 1 next year is 50.00, nearly all of the girls managed the pass mark today. The gymnast’s names in bold are current members of the British development squad, the selection was based on compulsory and voluntary results from 2014. Drew Drury from Tolworth, and Amanda Cook from Pegasus are the other two girls currently on the GB development squad, sadly Drew was injured in warm up, we wish her a speedy recovery.
The out of age results are as follows, congratulations to all the girls for achieving the pass mark.
For level one the pass mark is 48.00, a great result for all the gymnasts involved today, as each of them has passed, and therefore competed the compulsory system in age. All girls are now eligible to compete in the British Espoir championships at the end of this year. Again the gymnasts with names in bold are members of the GB development squad having been selected as the best in the country based on last year’s compulsory and voluntary results. Missing from this years competition was 2014 compulsory 2 champion Sky Bebbington of Europa who has been out with injury for some time. We hope to see this hugely promising young gymnast back and qualifying to the Espoir championships as soon as possible.
In the out of age competition, again all girls passed meaning they are now also eligible to compete at the British championships.
The competition also featured GB’s top juniors, trialing for a place on the EYOF team. The selection is due to be announced at the beginning of June. The English and British Championships, this trial, plus all internationals up to the 31st of May will be considered. Only three spots are available for this team, so competition is very tight.
Hoping that all gymnasts are healthy, as reigning English and British champion, Europa’s Catherine Lyons is likely to take the first spot. Maisie Methuen from Phoenix came second tho Catherine in her first year as a junior at the British championships, and also won today’s trial, she is looking very good to take the second spot. That leaves a lot of very talented girls fighting for the final spot, there is no announcement yet as to which girls if any are traveling to Ghent for the Flanders International team challenge next week, but there is a junior and senior GB team listed to compete. Good luck ladies, we will announce the team here as soon as it is released.