The World Championships keep coming for our senior gymnasts, with the 2019 Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT World Championships just around the corner, and we’re delighted to announce the full British line-up.
Taking place from 28th November to 1st December in Tokyo, Japan, for our trampoline gymnasts, it provides another opportunity to qualify an Olympic place for the Olympic Games, taking place in the same city next year.
For our gymnasts to qualify the country a place, they will need to successfully qualify for the final, meaning they’ll need to be inside the top eight. Read our full guide to the Olympic qualification process.
Making up the trampoline team will be current British champions Kat Driscoll and Luke Strong (Liverpool), 2016 Olympic silver medallist Bryony Page (Sheffield), and fellow Rio Olympian Nathan Bailey (OLGA). Laura Gallagher (Quayside) and Isabelle Songhurst (OLGA) were part of the team that won world bronze in 2017, and they will also compete, as will Andrew Stamp and Corey Walkes, who make their senior world championship debuts having won junior European silver and bronze in 2018.
Elliott Browne (Wakefield) and Shanice Davidson (Durham) both produced impressive routines to win individual world tumbling silver in 2018 and both will have the chance to again be on the medal podium in Tokyo. They’ll be competing alongside 2013 world champion and current British champion Kristoff Willerton (Andover), as well as Jaydon Paddock (Birmingham) and Aimee Antonius (Andover); both make the step up to senior level having medalled at last year’s World Age Group Championships.
Also competing in the tumbling team will be Megan Kealy (Milton Keynes) who is the current British silver medallist, Kaitlin Lafferty (Basingstoke) who won bronze at the same event, and Dominic Mensah (Pinewood), who finished inside the world’s top eight in qualifying at last year’s Championships (but missed out on the final due to the two per country rule).
Three of the women’s double mini trampoline team that won world silver in 2017 will also compete in Tokyo, with Kirsty Way (OLGA), Kim Beattie (Banchory) and Bethany Williamson (Birkenhead) all named in the team. Current British champion Daniel Berridge (Heart of England) will also be there, alongside Rhys Gray (Jumpers) who performed brilliantly at last year’s World Championships to finish in 6th. Oliver Paradise (Heart of England) won bronze at this year’s British Championships and is named alongside Harrison Green (Leeds) who turns senior having impressed for a 4th place finish at last year’s World Age Group Championship. Ruth Shevelan (Dynamo) will compete too; she placed 8th at last year’s European Championships and will be hoping to make a name on the world stage.
Also taking place in Tokyo (5th-8th December) will be the 2018 Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT World Age Group Championships, with some of our most promising junior British gymnasts heading to Japan aiming to impress.
Here’s the full list of gymnasts set to compete;
13-14 men - George Corben (OLGA), Tyler Cole-Dyer (NTGA) & Ryan Brown (Up’n’Downs)
13-14 women - Lois Moseley (NTGA)
15-16 men - Zak Perzamanos (Liverpool) & Martin Bland (Apollo)
15-16 women - Brodie Hove-Coleman (NTGA)
17-21 men – Peter Buravytskiy (Sheffield), Rhys Northover (Liverpool) & Benjamin Watts (Edgbarrow)
17-21 women – Louise Brownsey (Jumpers) & Jessica Clarke (Activ8)
11-12 men - Sebastian Deans (Birmingham), Bailey Forbes (Revolution), Freddy Liggins (Milton Keynes) & Tristan Singelee (Pinewood)
11-12 women – Sophie Campbell (Sapphire), Charlotte Clarke (Pinewood), Alicia Field (Revolution) & Jaeda-Lei Jeffers (Revolution)
13-14 men – Malakai Bojang (Milton Keynes), Benjamin Collington-Mears (OLGA), Jake Parry (Milton Keynes) & Fred Teague (Andover)
13-14 women – Georgina Elliott (Pinewood), Scarlett Hutton (Pinewood), Naana Oppon (Milton Keynes) & Comfort Yeates (Andover)
15-16 men – William Cowen (Pinewood), Alexander Flann (Pinewood), Jacob Kelly (Wakefield) & Jack Leahy (Milton Keynes)
15-16 women – Mia Bevan (Birmingham), Georgia Forbes (Spelthorne), Georgi Issott (Harelequin) & Ashleigh Owen (Revolution)
17-21 men – Ben Goodall (OLGA), Ryan Hopgood (Basingstoke), William Finn (Wakefield) & Marcus Adams (Birmingham)
17-21 women – Saskia Servini (Andover), Amy Campbell (Revolution), Jessica Brain (Andover) & Megan Surman (Birmingham)
11-12 men - James Armstrong (Liverpool), Tom Gibson (Liverpool), Alexander Oakley (Sky High), Lucas Skelhorn (Liverpool)
11-12 women - Holly Keeping (Jumpers), Emily Lock (Harrogate), Fionnuala Mulholland (Antrim Phoenix) & Amy Quinlivan (Liverpool)
13-14 men - Omo Aikeremiokha (Marriotts) & Oscar Piper (Plymouth)
13-14 women - Scarlett Fletcher (Liverpool), Grace Owen (OLGA), Ellie Reid (Antrim Phoenix), Katie Woods (Flight)
15-16 men - Otis Mcauliffe (OLGA)
15-16 women - Hope Burgess (OLGA), Heather Marshall (Birkenhead) & Maddi Tarrant (OLGA)
17-21 men – Jamie Gibney (Liverpool)
17-21 women – Ciara Donlevy (Edinburgh), Emma Sharpley (Phoenix) & Lucy Steele (Birkenhead)
Joe Fraser produced the routine of his life to secure a second gold medal in as many days for the GB team at the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart.
Less than 24 hours after Max Whitlock MBE won gold on pommel horse, Joe packed the difficulty into his parallel bars routine to score 15.000 and make history, winning Britain’s first ever world medal on the apparatus.
20-year-old Joe said: "It’s a dream come true! Unbelievable! World champion? It doesn’t get better. All I was thinking was, get through it, stick the dismount, then score by score I was so nervous. Just wow! I had a hope for a medal, but gold is crazy. I’ve worked really hard on the parallel bars and it’s paid off in the biggest way. World champion! Unreal."
Competing 4th in the final, Joe had the most difficult routine of the eight gymnasts, and combined that with brilliant execution and the slightest step forward on dismount. He shot straight to the top of the leaderboard, but had a nervous wait while the final four gymnasts competed. Included in those four gymnasts were the two highest scoring gymnasts from qualifying, but they couldn’t surpass Joe’s score, and the Birmingham gymnast was crowned champion of the world on the final day of competition.
Also competing for GB was Dom Cunningham who finished 5th in the vault final. It was Dom’s second apparatus final, after an 8th place finish in the floor final yesterday (Saturday), and he produced two strong vaults to finish 5th.
His opening pass didn’t go quite as planned, as he aimed to up his difficulty and compete a triple twisting vault. He managed two and half twists, but the vault was still executed well with only a slight hop forward to score 14.566.
Dom’s second vault was another twisting vault, and matched his opening score. Well executed with good form in the air for 14.566 too, to confirm 5th place.
Dom: "It’s not bad – 5th in the world – and I’m over the moon. The first vault I did half a twist less than I wanted, but I’ve got to be happy overall. I’m enjoying myself, I love competing and now I’m 5th in the world against an incredible field. I’m super motivated and know I’ve got more to give."
Today’s apparatus finals curtailed a brilliant 10 days of competition for British gymnasts.
During qualification, both the men’s and women’s team guaranteed a place at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, as well as qualifying through to the final this week.
Also during qualification, gymnasts made it through to nine individual finals, including two all-around and seven apparatus finals.
In the team finals, both secured solid results, with the women’s team finishing 6th and the men’s team 5th amongst a highly competitive field.
All-around finals saw Alice Kinsella, James Hall and Joe Fraser all secure top 15 finishes. Alice placed 12th, James 14th and Joe 8th.
The opening day of apparatus finals was a day to remember. Three medals; one gold, one silver and one bronze, all won within the space of two hours as Ellie Downie claimed vault bronze moments before Max Whitlock MBE won his third world title on pommel horse, and then Ellie’s older sister, Becky, at the age of 27, won her very first world individual medal.
British Gymnastics Performance Director, James Thomas: "We’ve had an outstanding World Championships and seen really encouraging performances across the board which ahead of Olympic year is exactly what we wanted to achieve. The primary target was of course Olympic qualification for our teams and once that was successfully accomplished to then qualify for nine individual world finals, a record for us this cycle, was a huge achievement.
"In the finals our gymnasts have proven themselves against the world's best and to see a mixture of experienced and relatively new gymnasts excel at this level is fantastic. As for our medal winners, Max Whitlock becoming three time pommel World champion, Becky Downie demonstrating all her skills and determination in winning world bars silver, Ellie Downie taking the vault bronze - our first ever women’s world vault medal - and then Joe Fraser, his first individual world apparatus final and historic parallel bars gold, we couldn’t be more proud of them all.
"Congratulations to the whole British Gymnastics team, our support staff, coaches and clubs and huge thanks to UK Sport and The National Lottery for their incredible support.”
British gymnasts Joe Fraser and James Hall enjoyed a brilliant day in the individual all-around final at the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart.
Joe scored a career high 85.098 across the apparatus to finish in 8th place in his first world all-around final, with James ensuring a place inside the top 15 with 83.532 to finish 14th. The title went to Nikita Nagornyy of Russia (88.7720) with teammate Artur Dalaloyan in silver (87.165) and Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine in bronze (86.973).
Joe said: "It’s unbelievable, I went out with a really positive mindset to go for all of my routines. To hit the high bar routines in particular having had problems in the week was a big lift. It’s so inspiring to compete amongst these big names in my first world final and to finish 8th is a dream come true – I feel amazing! I’ve got the parallel bars final still to come on Sunday and I’ll go with just the same attitude. I’m just going to be really positive and go for it."
Joe had a day to remember, and starting on rings, showed no sign of nerves. Showing good strength elements and just a step back on dismount, he put up a solid opening score of 13.966. Moving on to vault, he showed that he’s becoming a consistent scorer across the apparatus by putting 14.266 on the board with a hop forward on landing.
Joe will compete in the parallel bars final on Sunday (13th October) and he showed why he enjoys this apparatus. He’s becoming a master of it, and packed his routine full of difficulty to score a massive 14.900. That moved him up the standings to 7th at the halfway mark.
He continued his brilliant competition on high bar. With some big release and catch elements and a high twisting dismount he scored 14.000. And that didn’t stop when he got to floor; the penultimate apparatus. He barely moved on any of his tumbling passes and looked delighted as he came off for a score of 14.166. Finishing his competition on pommel horse, Joe didn’t let up. It was another accomplished routine, showing good flow throughout and a strong finish to score 13.800. That guaranteed him a top 10 finish.
James got his competition off to a solid start on rings. He showed good control and several strength elements for a score of 13.633. In the team final, James produced a brilliant vault, and matched that here. He got great height off the vault and stuck his landing clean to score 14.266. On to parallel bars and James scored 14.200; another strong score to go to his all-around total. A routine with good flow to it and a dismount that only saw the slightest of moves put him in 12th after three of six apparatus.
High bar was next, with James starting his routine with two big release and catch elements. Unfortunately, on his third, the bar was just out of reach and he had to count a fall. After taking a moment to compose himself, he finished his routine well, sticking his dismount for 12.800.
Moving on to floor, James recovered well and showcased some quality tumbling passes to score 14.200, before heading to pommel horse for the final rotation. And it was another good one for the GB gymnast. Good flow to his routine and a really nice dismount scoring 14.066 to make sure of 14th place.
James said: "I’m so happy with my performance all week. Three all-around competitions takes its toll, but I’m proud of how I’ve competed. Yes, it’s frustrating having such a long wait on high bar but that’s gymnastics, and something to learn from. Overall I’m really happy – a great Championships."
Tomorrow the apparatus finals begin with Dom Cunningham competing on floor, Max Whitlock MBE on pommel, Ellie Downie on vault and Becky Downie on uneven bars.
Live coverage will be on:
14.45-16.30 - BBC1
16.30-19.00 - BBC2
14.45-19.00 – Connected TV and online
British gymnasts won gold, silver and bronze on a sensational Saturday in Stuttgart at the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.
Max Whitlock MBE became a three-time world champion when he took gold on pommel horse, Becky Downie claimed her very first world individual medal with a stunning silver on uneven bars, and her sister, Ellie, produced two brilliant vaults to win bronze on an outstanding opening day of apparatus finals in Germany.
In a packed out Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle arena, Saturday was the first of two days of apparatus finals, and British gymnasts shone.
Max Whitlock MBE was competing in the pommel horse final and the double Olympic champion showed exactly why he’s an expert on this apparatus. Competing second, he hardly put a hand wrong in a routine that was packed with difficulty. Great flow and his trademark flairs were all on display as he scored a massive 15.500. He then had a nervous wait to see where he placed, but his score proved insurmountable to confirm him as the 2019 world champion.
Max said: "This feels incredible; it’s an emotional one for me. It was a very tough final with great competitors and the standard was so high with margins so tiny. It’s been such a team journey with my coach Scott (Hann) and my family. Our preparation was incredible. I made a tiny error early on, but if anything that made me more determined to perfect every skill from then on. I’m just incredibly happy."
Becky Downie produced the routine of her life in the world uneven bars final to claim a stunning silver medal. At 27 years-old, Becky has been searching for an individual medal for years, but she needs wait no longer. She’s been near faultless throughout these Championships, and put down a brilliant routine that could only be beaten by reigning world champion Nina Derwael from Belgium.
Becky said: "It’s been so long, so many years; I can’t believe I’ve finally done it! I’ve worked so so hard every year. This routine, I’ve put everything in to. I’m just so happy. This means everything to me! Thank you so much to everyone who has been on this journey with me. This makes everything worth it. This could be my last world’s and I put my heart and soul in to it and I’ve done it!"
Ellie Downie produced two of her very best vaults to win her first individual world medal, and only Britain’s third ever women’s individual medal.
Ellie opened with a double twisting Yurchenko vault, showing great execution with just a hop on landing which scored 14.600. Saving her hardest vault until last, Ellie then competed the Cheng, again executing well for a massive 15.033. That gave her an average of 14.816 ensuring an incredible bronze medal.
With eight gymnasts competing in the final, Ellie was first to compete, and set the benchmark with 14.816, before having to wait for the remaining gymnasts to compete before knowing her final placing.
Ellie was delighted and said: "I’m absolutely over the moon. Up first I was so nervous, the wait took forever to finish the competition! I have no words to describe the feeling. I was so happy just to stick my vaults and was then crossing my fingers. It’s crazy to win an individual world medal after a rollercoaster of a week! I feel amazing right now."
Also competing was Dom Cunningham in the floor final. Dom was last to compete, and opened with a brilliant tumbling pass. Unfortunately on his second tumble, he placed his hands on the floor, which came with a deduction. After that, his routine was near faultless though, with multiple stuck landings for a score of 13.566 and 8th place.
Dom said: "To be honest, I’m really happy to have made the final, and be the 8th best floor gymnast in the world. Everyone knows the battle I’ve had to get here after injury, so I’m proud to have made the final. There was one mistake because I was trying a bit too hard to stick landing, but I’ll learn from it. One more final to come!"
Tomorrow the championships close with Dom in the vault final and Joe Fraser on parallel bars.
Alice Kinsella has finished in a brilliant 12th place in the world all-around final at the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.
Competing against the best all-around gymnasts in the world, Alice more than held her own, producing solid routines across the apparatus to place herself inside the world’s top 15 with an all-around total of 54.765.
Alice qualified for the world all-around final two years ago in Montreal, but had to withdraw from the final due to injury; in Stuttgart it was clear she was keen to make up for the lost opportunity. She started her competition on her favourite apparatus, beam. In front of a packed out Hanns Martin Scheyler Halle crowd, it was a fantastic start for the current European champion on this apparatus. She showed no sign of nerves and looked at ease on the world stage, executing her routine well to score 13.800.
Moving on to floor, Alice showed great artistry combined with four good tumbling passes, to better her score on this apparatus from qualifying and team finals. With a score of 12.933, at the halfway stage of the competition she was placed in 14th.
Vault was next, and it was another good rotation for Alice. Showing good form in the air, with just a step back on dismount, she scored 14.266 to keep her inside the top 15.
The final apparatus was uneven bars and it was yet another clean routine from Alice, who showed her consistency throughout the competition. She kept composed, showing good release and catch elements with just a hop forward on dismount to score 13.766 which elevated her to 12th in the final rankings.
Speaking after, Alice said: "I couldn’t really ask for much more. I went out there to enjoy it and gain experience and I’m really happy with 12th. Beam is my favourite, and I love starting on that piece and I started strong, getting my best score of the week. Floor was a lot better than qualifying and the team final too, which set me up really well.
"This gives me a lot of confidence moving in to 2020, which we all know is a big year, and I’m looking forward to what’s to come."
Simone Biles (58.999) from USA took gold, Xijing Tang (56.899) from China won silver, with Angelina Melnikova (56.399) from Russia in the final medal position.
Tomorrow (Friday) sees Joe Fraser and James Hall compete in the men’s all-around final, before Saturday and Sunday’s apparatus finals.