British Espoir Champions so far this decade, Angel Romaeo 2010, Rhyannon Jones 2011, Catherine Lyons 2012 (and 2013 when there were two British Espoir Championships), Georgia Mae Fenton 2013, Maisie Methuen 2014, Jolie Ruckley 2015.
The British Espoir Championships will take place this coming weekend at the Basildon Sporting Village, home of South Essex Gymnastics Club. The AA competition is on Saturday 3rd, with the Apparatus Finals on Saturday 4th.
Saturday 3rd December AA Competition
Doors Open 14:15
Warm Up 14:15 – 16:15
Competition 16:25 – 19:15
Sunday 4th December Apparatus Finals
Doors Open 09:30
Warm Up 09:30 – 10:50
Competition 11:00 – 13:20
Tickets can be purchased in advance at a discounted rate online from GYMSHOP:
Online ticket prices:
Day passes Adults £10.00, Concession* £7.50, Family (2+2) £30.00
Weekend passes Adult £17.50, Concession* £12.00, Family (2+2) £45.00
Tickets can be also be purchased on the day at full price at Basildon Sporting Village.
On the day ticket prices:
Day passes Adults £13.00, Concession* £10.00, Family (2+2) £40.00
Weekend passes Adults £23.00, Concession* £16.00, Family (2+2) £60.00
*Concession for under 16s & Over 65s
This competition is for the top twelve and thirteen year old gymnasts in the country, for this year’s competition, gymnasts born in 2003 and 2004 will be eligible. It is the first national level championships for those coming out of the age group system, and for those that have finished compulsories. It is also the first time that gymnasts will compete at this level in a mixed age category.
Gymnasts qualify to compete at this level one of two ways, either by passing Compulsory 1, or achieving a score of 46.00 AA at the Challenge Cup held earlier in the year.
Gymnasts compete under the FIG junior code of points, with extra GBR bonus and specific penalties applied. Bonus is only awarded for successful performance of the skill/combination as per FIG requirements.
Specific Allowances, Apparatus Bonus/Penalty
Open tuck vaults are permitted:
Open tuck tsukahara DV 4.40
Open tuck yurchenko DV 4.20
1.0 GBR penalty for not showing a minimum of 1 cast to handstand without ½ turn (straddle permitted).
A coach (holding the relevant BG qualification) must stand in for all releases and D dismounts and above. Failure to do so will result in the element not being credited DV or CR.
Barred Elements: Dismounts higher than D.
Salto forward with 360°/720° turn
Single salto backward with 180°/540°/900°turn
Dismounts No. 6.407, 6.408, which are the Arabian double dismounts are of D value, but also barred.
0.5 – For permitted D dismount – awarded in addition to the 0.5 for fulfilling the dismount CR.2016
1.0 GBR penalty for not showing minimum 1 x 180o split (cross or side split) in leap/jump elements.
Gymnasts may be awarded bonus for a maximum of two out of the following three options:
0.2 – D or above salto/ariel performed in series with dance element.
0.3 – For performing ‘FIG Series Bonus’ – must be completed on the beam for GBR bonus.(FIG series bonus awarded for a series which includes the dismount).
0.3 – Double Spin.
1.0 – GBR penalty for not showing minimum 1 x 180o split (cross or side split) in leap/jump elements.
If less than 3 acro lines are performed the gymnast will receive a penalty of 2.00.
Barred Element: Double front somersault, Double Arabian.
0.2 bonus 1 x acrobatic line (2 x different saltos in direct connection) including C salto.
0.2 bonus for 3 x C or above dance elements.
For 2016 the favourite going in has to be second year Espoir Slough’s Amelie Morgan. Coming off her recent 55.100 at the junior level Olympic Hopes event, Amelie is the highest scoring Espoir so far this year, as well as the second highest AA scorer of all British junior level gymnasts, a huge achievement as she is yet to enter the junior ranks. Amelie has to hit of course, and should she falter, chasing her will be several very talented young gymnasts, both first and second year Espoirs who have proved throughout 2016 that they have the talent and competitive drive to climb the ranks. To mention just two of many, Notts Scarlett Williams was recently selected for the British team that took silver at the Olympic Hopes Cup, and Europa’s Halle Hilton impressed at the School Games for team England taking team and individual medals against gymnast up to three years older than her, to be selected at this level while still Espoir gymnasts is a huge achievement.
You can follow the scores on the BG Score app, and BG Score Facebook, there may be live judge cams depending on internet connection, but video of all routines will be available on BG score for members of British Gymnastics.
Group 1 Starting On Vault
Francesca Ryman – South Durham
Leah Greenland – South Durham
Lydia-May Collins – South Durham
Mia Scott – South Durham
Phoebe Jakubczyk – The Academy
Emily Edge – Bristol Hawks
Miriam Hamenni – East London
Samanta Katkevica – East London
Anna Hollins – Largs
Kacey Morrison – Largs
Group 2 Starting On Bars
Karis Jacomelli – Heathrow
Leila Bennadi – Heathrow
Lena Novikova – Heathrow
Roshelle Spencer-Smith – Heathrow
Amelia Thomas – Clwb Cymru Caerdydd
Paige Thomas – Clwb Cymru Caerdydd
Jennifer Gadirova – Harrow School Of Gymnastics
Jessica Gadirova – Harrow School Of Gymnastics
Group 3 Starting On Beam
Caitlin Williams – Notts
Isla Lees – Notts
Ramiyah Kofi – Notts
Scarlett Williams – Notts
Shanna-Kae Grant – Notts
Kirsty Fowler – City of Aberdeen
Danielle Tabios – Bury Spectrum
Lucy Robinson – Bury Spectrum
Anna Gibson – Dynamic
Group 4 Starting On Floor
Isabelle Yip – Park Wrekin
Tamzin Hughes – Park Wrekin
Hallie Copperwheat – Sapphire
Leigha O’Donnell – City of Manchester
Jessica Seager – City Of Newcastle
Chloe Weston – Swansea
Sioned Thomas – Swansea
Gabriella Connolly – Berkhamstead
Group 5 Starting On Rest
Ella Gaynor – Cardiff Central
Lili-Mae Snuggs – Abingdon
Crystelle Lake – City of Glasgow
Ellie Breadner – City of Glasgow
Jacinta Brackley – Crewe and Nantwich
Elisha Scott – De Mond Gymnastics Academy
Halle Hilton – Europa
Annie Young – The Norfolk Academy
Amelie Morgan – Slough
Good luck gymnasts, have a great competition!