Thursday 21 March 2013

Looking Forward

Junior British Championships

 As well as the coveted Senior British Champion title being up for grabs this weekend, the title of Junior British Champion is also going to be hotly contested, as are the places in the Junior apparatus finals. The Junior women start their bid for success on Friday (22nd March) in the All Around competition, which also serves as the qualifier for Sunday's apparatus finals. Here are a few names to look out for over the weekend.

Ellie Downie
Becky Downie's younger sister Ellie turned Junior this year after an already very successful Level 2 and Espoir gymnastics career. Only a few weeks ago, Ellie took the title of Junior English Champion as well as finishing in the top three on all four pieces of apparatus (2nd vault, 3rd bars, 2nd beam, 1st floor). She has a lovely rhythm as she works on all apparatus and her moves are clean and confident. I have no doubt that she will do well this weekend and I am looking forward to seeing her in multiple apparatus finals.

Tyesha Mattis
Another first year Junior, Tyesha burst onto the scene earlier this year at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival. She impressed everyone with her dynamic and powerful gymnastics, taking the Gold All Around medal in the process. She has difficult work on all apparatus including a very impressive DTY vault. Tyesha is also particularly noteworthy on bars, with some big release moves, and floor, with powerful tumbling. She is bound to make an impact this weekend.

Amy Tinkler
Also a first year Junior, Amy is another gymnast who represented GB at the AYOF earlier this year. She impressed in Australia by taking the Gold medal on floor and Silver on vault. She works well on all apparatus and moves with confidence throughout. She will definitely be one to watch this weekend as she challenges for the medals.

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