The English championships take place at Loughborough University from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th of March. A huge competition with the WAG Espoirs and MAG 12 and under competing together, the WAG juniors, and MAG 14 and 16 and under competing together, and the WAG seniors, and MAG 18 and under and seniors competing together.
It is an AA competition only with no separate apparatus finals. Medals are also awarded for the top three on each piece.
The competition will be streamed on the Gymdata YouTube Channel, the screen is divided into nine showing all MAG and WAG pieces, so it can be hard to follow, however the start lists will help with who is competing on what.
I have included the times as listed, please note that the competition organisers reserves the right to move them forward up to 30 minutes.
The Seniors compete on the Saturday, with the first round of competition due to begin at 10:25 am (Round 3), and the second round at 2:30 pm (Round 4)
The current list has all of the seniors other than Raer, Catherine, and Ellie listed, but not all will compete.
Firstly Ellie Downie will be competing in Stuttgart Germany on the Sunday at the World Cup. Then there are those who are recovering from injury and not able to compete at this time.
*Edit : Ellie will not be competing at the Stuttgart World Cup, Rebecca Tunney will now go in her place.
Kelly Simm we know having missed the Glasgow World Cup is back in training and hoping to return for the British Championships.
Raer Theaker who would have hoped to compete as a guest is making her way back from the elbow injury she sustained in November, but did compete on beam at the Welsh Championships a few weeks ago, so is progressing.
Tyesha Mattis who returned to competition at the British Teams just a few days ago was sadly injured on floor so will not be competing here although she is listed.
Catherine Lyons is still recovering from her injuries and has confirmed she is not yet ready to compete.
Charlie Fellows tore her ankle ligaments in December and is still recovering.
Teal Grindle has recently had shoulder surgery for a major Labrel tear and cartilage damage, she is the first person in the UK to have the procedure and is busy recovering, so although listed will definitely not compete.
Gerogina Hockenhull is listed, but did not compete at the Welsh Championships or British teams, so I am not sure whether we will see her here as a guest or not.
Welsh Champion Rebecca Moore will compete as a guest.
It’s looking like a battle between Amy Tinkler and Claudia Fragapane for the title, Ruby Harrold competed three pieces at teams, missing out floor and watering down on vault. The Academy will field three senior squad members, Ruby, plus new seniors Abi Solari and Phoebe Turner. Fellow new senior Georgia Mae Fenton also competes. Becky Downie will compete on bars and beam, whether she vaults or not yet, we will see. Gabby Jupp continues her comeback here following on from Teams.
*Edit: Claudia has also disappeared from the list the original start list that was up until yesterday is available here:
The juniors compete on Sunday 20th, with the first round (Round 5) scheduled for 10:00 am, and the second (round six) for 3.45 pm.
Again, the entire Junior European squad is listed (other than those that are still Espoirs), but not all will compete.
New junior and British AA Espoir Champion Jolie Ruckley was hoping to compete as a guest, but has not recovered from her hamstring injury yet. Jolie hopes to return for the British. She remains on the updated list, but is definitely not competing.
Louise McColgan was also hoping to compete as a guest, but is recovering from a back injury, and hopeful to be able to compete at the British even if with slightly watered down difficulty. Louise is also on the final list, but definitely not competing.
As far as I’m aware, everyone else listed is competing. Look for strong performances from the British junior squad members Alice Kinsella, and Ellesse Oates from Park Wrekin, Lucy Stanhope of Liverpool, Megan Parker and Taeja James from City of Birmingham, Sophie Scott of Leatherhead and Dorking, Amelia Knight of The Academy, and Amelia Montague of Tolworth.
The big hitters may be in the second round, but there will be some great gymnastics in round one, amongst others, 2015 Espoir floor finalist Erika Magpantay of Marriotts.
In the second round, as well as the British squad members, look out for Laura Kaletha from Notts, Chiara Bunce of Heathow who took the 2015 Espoir title, Laura Beasley of Park Wrekin, and the young South Durham girls.
British juniors Maisie Methuen and Latalia Bevan will compete as guests so look for some very strong performances there, Zoe Simmons of The Academy will also compete as a guest, and will be looking to put in some very strong performances off the back of her very successful weekend helping her Academy club mates to the British Team title.
The Espoirs compete on Friday, with the first round scheduled for Friday at 10.25 am, and the second round 3.30pm
In round one, junior European squad member Amelie Morgan of Slough will likely set a big title challenge for the gymnasts in the next round. Also look out for Samanta Katkevika of East London, who scored 14.040 on vault at British Teams. Great to see Drew Drury of Tolworth listed after a long time out with injury.
In round two we have several GB development squad members who have made the move up from the age group system and into the Espoirs. Ondine Achampong of Sapphire, Halle Hilton of Europa, Leah Greenland of South Durham, Ramiyah Kofi and Isla Lees of Notts, and Isabelle Yip of Park Wrekin will all be aiming to make a good impression in their first English championships.
Scarlett Williams also of Notts, and Oriel Powell of City of Birmingham are also members of the GB junior European squad in action here.
Great to see Europa’s Sky Bebbington listed, another talented gymnast that has been out for a long time with injury. Sky was the British In age Voluntary 3 champion in 2013, then took the British Compulsory 2 title in 2014 before being sidelined with an elbow problem from then on.