Weekly Roundup 17th-23rd February

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Sapphire’s Ondine Achampong competes in the Melbourne World Apparatus Cup beam final. (Photo Emily Chan Gymnovosti)

The weekly feature for those that don’t follow all of the social media accounts attached the blog, or have missed the odd post.  A look at the goings on over the last week in British WAG.

GB and Greenwhich Royals first year senior Halle Hilton, and second year junior Rosie Bayliss showed some lovely sharp beam and bar work on a training trip to Ireland, as they prepare for the upcoming English and British Championships.

The first three clips are of Halle, the remaining three Rosie.

Rosie also showed that she is training a three and a half twist for floor, and should she successfully master the skill, she will become only the second British WAG so far to do so, the first being Lynette Lisle almost twenty years ago in 2003!

Also from Greenwich Royals, junior Maddie Roberts posted her equally impressive beam preparation.

Ahead of the domestic competition season, several clubs flew over to the US to take part in The Magical Classic held in Orlando Florida.

There was a very strong Welsh contingent packed full of British national medalists, as well as  GB internationals Latalia Bevan who made her competitive return from injury, and junior GB squad members Poppy Stickler, and Jae Maracha.


Also in attendance were Midland Gymnastics Academy


Llanelli Gymnastics


And Plymouth Swallows, home of GB junior Ruby Stacey.


A huge amount of medals won by all clubs, and what looked very much like a great time had by all.

Having already showed her planned beam upgrades, Ellie Downie posted her plans for her run at the Tokyo vault medals. Already the reigning world bronze medalist on this piece, should she successfully bring the Amanar on to hard landing by Tokyo, she will add a further 0.4 to her difficulty value, thus further increasing her chances of adding Olympic vault medalist to the world and European titles she already holds.

In expected news, the FIG have announced the nominative entries for the final Apparatus World Cup, this time in Doha Qatar. Both Claudia Fragapane and Ondine Achampong will continue their efforts to gain as many World Cup points for GB as possible!IMG_0947

GB Junior and Senior gymnasts had the chance to work alongside Peggy Liddick, coach to 1996 Olympic team and beam champion, and twice world AA champion Shannon Miller.


Georgia-Mae Fenton shared training footage of her double twisting Yurchenko, just over a month away from the English championships, we are seeing more and more of what both the the junior and senior gymnastics are hoping to bring to competition.

The first international event of the year took place in Melbourne Australia, one of the three remaining apparatus World Cups. Bristol Hawks Claudia Fragapane, and Sapphire’s Ondine Achampong competed for GB. Follow the link below to see how they got on.


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