Friday 27 March 2015


Preview of the 2015 British Championships

By tomorrow there will be a brand new British Champion, with reigning champion Rebecca Tunney recovering from injury and therefore unable to defend her title. With many of the major contenders from previous years out of action it is all to play for - especially with the addition of this years new seniors.

Although it may seem a slightly depleted field at first glance without Hannah Whelan (retired), Rebecca Tunney (elbow surgery), Gabby Jupp (ACL) and Ruby Harrold (shoulder injury), there are still many fantastic gymnast to look out for.

Claudia Fragapane
The 'Pocket Rocket' was the hit of the English Commonwealth team in 2014 taking home 4 Gold medals. She then went on to Worlds where she finished in the top 10 All Around and qualified to the floor final. Having finished 3rd at last year's British Championships I am sure that Claudia will be aiming for the top spot this time round.

Becky Downie
Known for her outstanding bars work, Becky is always a force to be reckoned with. Her bars routine has seen her compete in Commonwealth, European and World finals and over the last few years she has packed the difficulty into all of her routines. Last year she managed to take the Silver medal in the All Around final but can she make it one better this year?

Amy Tinkler
One of the fresh faces on the Senior circuit, Amy has not only made herself known as a Junior, but has already made her mark as a Senior by taking the title of English Champion just a few weeks ago. Will she be able to repeat the victory this weekend?

Tyesha Mattis
A very powerful gymnast, Tyesha is also new to the Senior ranks. She impressed last year as a Junior and undoubtedly she will be ready to make an impression on the Seniors.

Ellie Downie
After years of waiting, both the Downie sisters are now competing at Senior level. I have no doubt that Ellie will be looking to not only follow in big sister Becky's footsteps but also to be hot on her heels!

Other names to look out for will be the stunning Welsh gymnasts, Raer Theaker, Angel Romaeo and Georgina Hockenhull. Charlie Fellows and Kelly Simm also have a great deal of experience and skill, not to mention former Olympian and comeback queen Lisa Mason.

It looks set to be a fantastic competition so may the best Brit win!

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