Bulmershe gymnasts Chloe Farrance and Jaime Carterare the 2011 British senior FIG Champions.
From a thrilling 3 days of non-stop action at the Rivermead Leisure Centre in Reading, Chloe took the women’s title in her first year at senior level, while Jamie retained his title from 2010.
With the event being used as a selection competition for the forthcoming European Championships in Bulgaria, the pressure was on the gymnasts to perform and they didn’t disappoint the lively crowd. The Championships were streamed live by BGtv on the Sunday and will be available to re-watch later this week.
The full results from all competition can be found below.
Lights; Camera; Action – the last weekend end of September sees the very best Aerobic Gymnastics at the Rivermeade Leisure Centre, Reading
To quote just one enthusiastic supporter:
‘’Possibly the best Aerobic Gymnastics British Championships ever’’
It was indeed a showcase for the discipline with British titles well distributed amongst our clubs. Heathrow, Weston, Martines’, Bulmershe and Southport all had Gold medallists on this year’s podium; Silver and Bronze medals were also well shared out amongst G.B. clubs.
Friday 23rd September - the British Championships’ qualification round for Group 1, 2 and Senior IW
All very large and hard fought categories needing to be whittled down to the top 8 competitors. With gymnast’s qualifying in excellent positions from several clubs, the Sunday finals on 25th September held much expectation.
Saturday 24th September was the day for the NAC Cup and again medallists hailed from all over the country - Aero-gym ,Basingstoke and Suki amongst the medal positions on the podium.
Kirsty Harvey from Weston won the Senior Individual NAC title with an excellent difficulty score and a total score of 15.850. But the NAC Cup was won by Charlotte Dollery from Bulmershe with the highest score of the day of 15.950. Again Charlotte’s difficulty score was instrumental in her win. The performance of both gymnasts demonstrates that perfect difficulty skills are still the way to top NAC scores
Sunday 25th September- all to play for with British titles at stake and selection for the European Championships in November.
The first title of the day of National Development IW went to Heathrow’s Umber Sohal. Umber has been a superb gymnast all year and this was a well-deserved and popular win and category title. In the Age Group 2 IW category Rebakah Galpin from Bulmershe was yet again undisputed winner producing the same energy and form shown all year. What a year Rebekah has had!
Both National Development and the Age Group 1 IM titles were won by Weston gymnasts Rhys Williams and Matt Saunders, with the boys joining partners Keira Landen and Abi Butterfield to convincingly win the MP categories too.
Heathrow won the trio and the 6 team event at National Development with Bulmershe claiming the same category titles in Age Group 1. Both 6 teams were excellent exhibitions of aerobic gymnastics and enjoyed equally by all.
Throughout 2011, the Age Group 2 IW has been one of the most popular and exciting categories to watch. This certainly did not disappoint us on the day, as superb scores were produced by all 8 finalists. The category winner and title holder was the effervescent Kayleigh Silva, from Martine’s Action Pack. Kayleigh who has elegantly won all national events in 2011 was hotly followed in silver medal place by a very precise and dynamic and Ella Augier from Bulmershe. Isadora Wainwright from Heathrow claimed the bronze medal position with a delightfully skilful and polished performance.
Ella Augier went on to win the trio category with teammates, Emily Boyce and Stella Vinet and the trio were joined by club mates, Myfy Mountford and Hannah Owen and Martine’s Kayleigh Silva to bring home the Gold medal with another sparking 6 team performance. The Group 2 pair’s title went to Southport.
The British Championships title was claimed in powerful style by Chloe Farrance with a total score of 20.500. Chloe has already scored over twenty internationally but it was great to see her achieve a P.B. and the top Championship score on the home front as well. Christina Fossheim from Heathrow won the Silver medal with a very rhythmic and accomplished routine. It was a performance that heralds a welcome return to form for her.
Bulmershe’ s Jaime Cater reclaimed his Championship title in his inimitable style and also the pair’s event with partner Bethany Martin.
The end of the competition saw the much awaited coach and gymnast of the year awards being presented by Chairperson Nigel Saunders
This year the title of Coach of the Year went to the very deserving Natalie Porter. Not only had Natalia spent the whole weekend coaching, she also set a fine example to all gymnasts by competing in the Senior IW category and winning a superb 3rd place. Natalie has been working over the past months, teaching and developing Aerobic Gymnastics in schools and the communities in and around Gosport and is the representative on the G.F.A. Committee for Aerobic Gymnastics.
This year’s Gymnast of the Year award went to the extremely and talented Kayleigh Silva, winner of the Age Group 2 IW category with a P.B. score of 19.350. Kayleigh’s consistent level of performance both at home and internationally has excited us all throughout the year and it was therefore no surprise for the award to go to such a popular winner.
Gymnasts and coaches alike now await the selection announcement of the 2011 European Championship Team and we wish them all, the very best of luck.
Report by Debbie Saunders and Martine Griffiths