The first of the four teams contesting the School Games to be featured is England. Traditionally the strongest team at the event, taking team titles and multiple medals, the class of 2015 will be looking to replicate the success of those that have gone before them. This year England is represented by:
Laura Beasley – 2nd Year Espoir Park Wrekin
Laura Kaletha – 2nd Year Espoir Notts Gymnastics
Megan Parker – 1st Year Junior City of Birmingham
Sophie Scott – 1st Year Junior Leatherhead and Dorking
Taeja James – 2nd Year Espoir City of Brmingham
The City of Brimingham is represented twice within the English team, with beautiful beam worker Megan Parker, and potential future GB superstar Taeja James. Both girls are the beginning of what is looking like a new name joining the big clubs in GB WAG, watch out for their gymnasts over the next few years as their age group girls are also very strong. Megan finished 6th AA and second on beam at the 2014 British Espoir championships, then 7th at her first junior championships this year as well as 5th on floor, and 8th on beam with an unfortunate fall. She has beautiful lines, and quality to her work.
Her silver medal winning beam:
Floor from 2015 junior British
Taeja James returns to the School games, having been one of the youngest competitors in last years event. In her first year as an Espoir, she came 4th AA at the British, and took the bars gold medal. At the 2014 school games she also finished 4th AA, helping the English team to the title. Taeja is a very exciting future prospect for GB, not turning senior till 2018, she will mount a strong challenge to be one of the younger members of the junior Europeans team next year. We haven’t seen Taeja in competition for a little while, so it will be exciting to see where she is at.
Winning bars as a first year Espoir:
Vaulting a Tsuk full and a laid out Yurchenko also as a first year Espoir. She now has a lovely laid out Tsuk in training.
Sophie Scott of Leatherhead and Dorking placed 13th AA at the 2014 Espoir championships, then entered her first junior championships this year and placed 9th. She also managed to make two finals, placing 5th on Vault, and 8th on floor with this lovely routine.
Laura Beasley of Park Wrekin Placed 7th AA at her first Espoir championships in 2014, and made the bars final placing 6th with a huge piked Jaeger, and a nice double layout dismount. She is also a fast tumbler with good potential on floor.
Laura Kaletha finished 8th AA at her first British Espoir championships, she made the floor and vault finals, taking 7th place on vault, and then beating some very strong competition with her high level tumbles for her age, took the floor title.
Laura’s Vault from the 2015 English championships where she placed 2nd on this piece
Taking the Espoir floor title
Good luck girls!