Team Wales have travelled to Namibia to take part in the junior Commonwealth Games. With the Welsh team building towards the next Commonwealth Games, their entire team from this event will be senior by the time games take place on Australia’s Gold Coast in 2017, and looking to repeat the success of the 2014 team and take a team medal. With three British junior squad members in British junior champion Maisie Methuen, British junior floor champion Zoe Simmons, and School Games champion Latalia Bevan, along with Holly Jones and Emily Thomas who helped team Wales secure the School Games team title, this was a strong team which would prove tough to beat.
The Welsh ladies took the team title by over six points with 158.95, ahead of South Africa with 152.40, and New Zealand with 149.25.
The team competition also served as the AA event, with Emily Thomas being crowned the AA champion with 52.60. Emily had the second highest bars and beam scores, and the third highest floor.
Maisie Methuen took bronze with 51.90. Despite being the second highest scorer on bars, Maisie looks to have had some trouble on this piece here, as she scored 12.10, and has scored as high as 13.90 in 2016, the same with beam, where she scored a 12.15 where she has scored just shy of 14.00. Floor looks to have gone very well though, her 14.00 on is the highest floor score from a British junior through 2016.
Holly Jones finished fifth with the highest vault score, and second highest floor score, Zoe Simmons finished 7th, and Latalia Bevan competed just on bars where she had the highest score of the day.
In the apparatus finals, the Welsh team had another very successful day.
Holly took the vault title with a very strong 13.90 average, which would have placed fifth in the junior European vault final this year. Zoe placing seventh with 13.00.
On bars it was gold and silver for Wales, Emily taking the title with 12.75, and Latalia silver with 12.70. Latalia it seems may have had an error here as she is a mid 13 bar worker, but her work still good enough to medal even when not at her very best.
Maisie took bronze on beam with 12.85, it looks as though Maisie likely had a fall here, as she is a 14.00 beam worker at her very best, but again her work still strong enough to medal ever with an error.
On floor, Holly took the title, with 13.65, another strong score from her, and again would have been enough for a junior European final, so she is coming back very strong from the injury that had kept her out for the first part of the year. Maisie took the bronze, I think she likely had a fall here, as the 13.05 was nearly a whole mark down from her 14.00 qualification score. Maisie again showing her huge potential by medaling even with a sizeable error.
In all very successful event for the junior dragons, and very encouraging for Welsh Gymnastics as they move forward over the next two years toward Commonwealth Games with a strong young team. Congratulations girls!