For visitors to the blog that aren’t on the Facebook page or Twitter account, some video from the English Espoir Championships. Espoir is a two year age group, so gymnasts will turn either twelve or thirteen this year, and therefore will be turning senior in 2019 and 2020.
Full results and report from the completion can be found here:
I have added all the video available so far, and will continue to add any that pop up. If you come across anything that I haven’t added as yet, please do get in touch and I’ll put it in.
Huge thanks yet again goes to SusanW who travels to so many competitions, takes such great quality footage, and spends the time uploading and sharing it so others can appreciate elite gymnasts of all ages in great Britain.
AA Champion Amelie Morgan of Slough. Amelie Also took the bars and beam titles, was second on floor, and third on vault. A very clean gymnast with great extension throughout all of her work.
Another gymnast with great extension and attention to detail is Ondine Achampong of Sapphire. Ondine is new to the Espoir ranks this year, and took the silver medal AA, as well as silver on bars and beam.
Bronze went to another new Espoir for 2016, Halle Hilton of Europa. Only bars and floor available at the moment, Halle took the bronze on bars to go with her AA medal. She had a bad day on beam on the day, but is not only a big AA talent, but also has some great work on this piece for one so young particularly in the level of acro series she is capable of.
Samanta Katkevica of East London placed 7th AA, she shared the Vault title with Scarlett Williams of Notts, and placed 5th on floor. Looking to the future, as a powerful gymnast, Samanta has the potential to bring high vault and floor D scores.
Great to see Sky Bebbington of Europa back in competition after a very long time out with injury. She is still building back up, but the style, execution, and performance levels that made her the 2013 British Voluntary champion, then 2014 compulsory champion before her absence are still very much there.
Another new Espoir for this year Leah Greenland of South Durham placed 10th AA, and 6th on floor. She reminds me so much of team mate Amy Tinkler here, same energy, same bubbly performance style, and the power and potential to develop some big tumbles as she gets older.
Hallie Copperwheat of Sapphire shared the floor bronze with Oriel Powell of City of Birmingham. I like the touches of choreography throughout designed to engage with the judges, and Hallie makes eye contact, and smiles at each point. The entire routine is entertaining, well performed, and seems to fit Hallie’s personality well.
Two gymnasts people may not have been so familiar with are new Espoirs Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova of Harrow. Both girls have been doing NDP grades as opposed to the Compulsory and Voluntary national age groups, so haven’t appeared in the national results along with their peers up till now.
Jennifer finished 4th AA, 4th on beam, and took the floor title. Jessica finished 28th AA.
What stood out most, and I could write a huge amount, but will try to keep it brief, was their floor routines. The choreography is beautiful and intricate, with unique touches throughout. Such choreography has to have the performance level to go with it though, otherwise the gymnast and the routine are at odds with each other. Both girls commit fully, they have the musicality, the poise, the carriage, the extension, the fluidity of movement. They engage, they emote, they project outwards with confidence, and I very much hope we see both at the British Espoir Championships at the end of the year. As neither gymnast took Compulsory 2, they cannot enter Compulsory 1 to qualify for the British Championships, they can however qualify through the Challenge Cup as long as they score 46.00 AA.