21/1/13: Team GB finished the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in style after securing an impressive 24 medals on the final few days of competition in Sydney.
Adding to the gold and silver already won by the men’s and women’s artistic teams, the GB trampoline team followed in a similar fashion. Harry Newbold-Cozens and Joshua Newman put on an impressive display to take gold in the boy’s synchro and Megan Pettit and Isabelle Songhurst did not disappoint taking silver in the women’s section. Harry was also 4th individually with Josh 10th, Isabelle 4th and Megan 5th.
In the artistic all-around and individual finals, Great Britain were to dominate the podium. Tyesha Mattis secured the all-around gold medal for the women after an impressive display of precision and difficulty, including a double twisting Yurchenko on vault. This upgrade earnt her another gold medal on this piece of apparatus and she also picked up a bronze on both bars and floor. Teammate Teal Grindle took silver in the all-around and an almost flawless beam set saw her take the title on this piece. Team GBs Amy Tinkler also impressed taking the floor title and vault silver. Remaining teammate Catherine Lyons unfortunately missed out on an individual medal but she shone through with a new floor routine that brought some to tears and impressive beam that landed her 4th place against some tough competition.
Tyesha Mattis: "I am so pleased that I won the all-around title and it feels amazing to call myself the Youth Olympic Champion. We all tried our best and I think everyone in the team can be really proud of their efforts as we had really good results. This is a big confidence boost and now hopefully we can do the same at the European Youth Olympic Festival this summer.”
In the men’s competition, Dominick Cunningham took the all-around silver ahead of the teammate Nile Wilson in bronze and across the apparatus finals it was Great Britain and China who were to dominate. Dominick added another gold to his collection taking the floor title and also secured silver on the rings and pbars and bronze on high bar and vault. Nile added two gold medals on both pbars and high bar and two bronzes on rings and pommel. Team member Courtney Tulloch unfortunately made a few errors in the all-around but picked himself up and proved why he is a champion by taking the rings title. James Hall also impressed taking two silvers on both the floor and on pommel, where he was the highest placing Brit.
Dominick Cunningham: “Obviously with the amount of medals I won I am very pleased but I am a little bit disappointed because I wanted to do even better in the all-around competition. I had a fall on the floor and that is what put me down to silver and I am a bit gutted. But I am pleased with how I came back from the floor fall and my high bar and parallel bar went amazingly so all in all I am very happy.”
Congratulations to all gymnast and coaches involved in the competition on their fantastic achievements.
Full results can be found here.
18/1/13: Team GB have started off the Australian Youth Olympic Festival with a bang, securing gold and silver in the men's and women's team competitions.
The GB men’s team stole the show taking the title in style. The team of Courtney Tulloch, Nile Wilson, James Hall and Dominick Cunningham powered through to be crowned champions ahead of China by seven marks.
1. Great Britain 250.050
2. China 243.050
3. Australia 231.550
4. New Zealand 218.050
Courtney Tulloch: “Nothing can break us, the whole team performed really well, going into it we were quite nervous but we really wanted to put a lot of effort into it and we're really pleased.”
In the women’s event the GB team of Catherine Lyons, Teal Grindle, Tyesha Mattis and Amy Tinkler were equally impressive taking the silver behind China and ahead of Australia in bronze by nearly ten marks.
1. China 162.963
2. Great Britain 160.064
3. Australia gold 150.798
4. Australia green 143.862
5. New Zealand 143.795
Tyesha Mattis: “I had a few mistakes today but I tried my best and I’m really pleased for the team. I’m looking forward to Sunday to sort out a few wobbles on the different pieces and am going to try and nail it.”
For the full breakdown of the women’s results please click here.
In the rhythmic team competition the team of Tiola Gleeson, Lauren Brash, Tyler Brummit and Helena Stiles finished in 5th.
1. Australia team gold 145.233
2. China 139.617
3. Malaysia 129.917
4. Australia team green 126.633
5. Great Britain 119.367
6. New Zealand 110.250
For the full breakdown of the rhythmic results, please click here.
Over the weekend, the GB trampoline gymnasts will take the stage in the individual and synchro events, and both the rhythmic and artistic gymnasts will battle it out for individual titles. BG will put up a full report on the web on Monday. In the meantime you can keep up to date by following British Gymnastics on twitter @bgmediateam and on our Facebook page 'British Gymnastics'.
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Reports and full results can also be found on Australia Gymnastics' website.