Five new gymnasts have been added to the GB senior squad for 2016, all have come from the junior ranks, and have represented Great Britain at junior level. In this third of five profiles, meet Phoebe Turner
Phoebe trains alongside British world medalist Ruby Harrold, and fellow new British Senior Abi Solari at The Academy of Gymnastics under coaches Liz Kincaid and Nia Edwards.
Phoebe first came to my attention as a first year Espoir in 2012 when she made the vault and beam finals of the British Championships finishing in 5th place on vault, and then also on beam with a difficulty packed routine for such a young gymnast. Although not completely error free, Phoebe had an air of determination and confidence to her work which was very encouraging.
In her second year as an Espoir, Phoebe began the year placing 8th AA at the English Championships, including 2nd on vault, and 5th on beam. At the British Championships she placed 10th AA, qualifying for three finals where she placed 8th on beam, 6th on floor, and took the silver on vault. Phoebe is one of a very small group of British Gymnasts to have performed the full twisting Yurchenko at Espoir level.
In the same year Phoebe represented her club The Academy at the British Team Championships where she helped them to the gold medal. She was also selected to the English team for the School Games where she again helped the team to the gold, and placed 6th in the AA.
Phoebe’s floor from the 2013 School Games
In 2014 Phoebe moved into the junior ranks, she placed 10th AA at the English championships including 7th on vault, then went one better at the British to place 9th even with a fall on floor. Phoebe also made the beam final, but unfortunately had to count two falls, although there was a lot of quality work in her routine.
Phoebe also competed at the British Team Championships once more, this time helping The Academy to the silver medal, as well as Individually placing 8th AA, 6th on vault and floor.
In the second half of 2014 Phoebe competed for Great Britain in the Rushmoor Rosebowl where she took gold with the team, silver AA, and gold on floor. Phoebe was also selected for the Olympic Hopes Cup in Liberec where again she helped the team to the gold medal, and achieved the highest vault score, and second highest beam and floor scores.
In a lovely montage here, you can see Phoebe’s full routines from the Rosebowl, plus her Vault and beam from Olympic Hopes. Phoebe had upgraded considerably on beam here.
In her final year as a junior Phoebe started really well by taking the silver AA and on beam at the English championships. She then placed 5th at the British, making the bars final where she finished 4th, and beam final where she finished in 7th.
Phoebe’s bars from the 2015 Junior British
In April Phoebe was selected to represent Great Britain against France and Switzerland, where she helped the team to the silver medal. She vaulted her full twisting Yurchenko high and clean, and showed upgrades on floor with some excellent twisting work which is fully rotated, with good form.
Phoebe again competed at the British Teams helping The Academy to the bronze medal, placing 4th AA, and impressively 3rd on floor behind Kelly Simm and Amy Tinkler.
Selcted to compete for Great Britain once more at the Rushmoor Rosebowl, Phoebe again helped the team to the gold medal, then placed 4th AA, and 3rd on floor.
There is no footage available of Phoebe since the international competition in April, so I look forward to seeing where she is now, hopefully at the English Championships in March.
Good luck to Phoebe in her first year as a senior!