Wednesday 27 November 2013


New British Seniors for 2014

As 2013 starts to draw to a close, it is time to look forward to the coming year and meet the new kids on the block. 2014 will see the likes of Jade Armstrong, Chantelle Halford and Ellis O'Reilly begin their Senior gymnastics careers.

Chantelle Halford
Chantelle, who trains at East London Gym Club, has had a successful 2013. At the beginning of the year she competed in the 2013 Junior English Championships where she finished 4th All Around as well as taking Bronze medals on Vault and Beam, and the Silver medal on Bars. This was followed by another 4th place All Around finish at the Junior British Championships and another Silver medal on Bars, as well as a 4th place finish on Vault. She has a difficult bars routine and strong work on all apparatus, including a lovely floor routine with a fabulous double illusion turn. I cannot wait to see more of Chantelle as she starts her Senior gymnastics career.

2013 British Championships All Around Final (Bars)

Jade Armstrong
A member of the 'Pink Gym', South Durham Gymnastics Club, Jade has had a good deal of success in her gymnastics career so far. 2013 saw her finish in 5th place All Around at the Junior British Championships. She also finished in 5th place in the Vault and Beam Finals and took a Bronze medal on Floor. Jade was also a part of the team that helped South Durham to a 5th place finish in the 2013 British Teams Championships. Individually, she finished in 11th place, competing alongside Senior gymnasts as well as other Juniors. Most recently, she was selected to compete in the Olympic Hopes Cup, where the team comfortably took the Gold medal and Jade took second place All Around. With her dynamic floor work and steady all around performances, I am sure Jade will be one to watch in the coming years.

2013 British Championships All Around Final (Floor)

Ellis O'Reilly
Ellis trains at Europa Gymnastics Club and has already started to make a name for herself as a Junior. She finished 10th All Around at the 2013 Junior English Championships then went on to have a successful 2013 Junior British Championships, finishing 6th All Around, 5th on Vault, 6th on Bars and 6th on Floor. With her steady work on all four apparatus, I am sure we will see much more of Ellis throughout her Senior career.

2013 British Championships All Around Final (Floor)

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