On the 2nd-4th March, the women’s and men’s artistic English Championships took place at the new Europa centre in Kent. One of the first major competitions in the artistic calendar, the championships saw many big names fighting for the various titles up for grabs.
In the senior women’s category, Jennifer Pinches from the City of Liverpool took the title ahead of Heathrow’s Danusia Francis in silver and Niamh Rippin from Notts in bronze. Beth Tweddle MBE only competed on the bars but produced an almost flawless performance to score 15.9 and take the apparatus title.
In the junior competition Gabby Jupp from Sapphire comfortably took gold, with impressive scores on the vault, beam and floor. Charlie Fellows from Sandbach took the silver with Katy Bramley from Notts in bronze.
In the men’s senior competition, Kristian Thomas took the top spot with South Essex team mates Max Whitlock and Reiss Beckford in second and third respectively. Louis Smith took the pommel horse title with 15.400.
In the men's Senior B category, Frank Baines was crowned the champion, with Brinn Bevan from South Essex taking the junior title and Donell Osbourne from Earls taking the boys.