The two-day British Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships (24/25 March 2012) at the Fenton Manor Sport Complex in Stoke-on-Trent, proved to be an outstanding display of talent and a good level of preparation for those selected to represent the country at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Buena Vista, USA, in April.
In three of the disciplines the defending senior champions kept their titles, while in the other two (women’s group and mixed pair) there are new title-holders- from South Tyneside (WG) and Wakefield (MxP).
Women’s Pair: Baker, Spalding (Heathrow)
Men’s Pair: McAssey, Upcott (Heathrow)
Men’s Group: Hurst, Walker, Evison, Heskett (Deerness)
Women’s Group: Gamnlin, Harrington, Spence (South Tyneside)
Mixed Pair: McCarthy, McGreevy (Wakefield)
The President of BG Acrobatic Gymnastics TC Judy Wootton praised the achievements of the gymnasts and their coaches and clubs:
“This was an absolutely wonderful British Championships. For our top gymnasts competing in event of this scale just after the World trials has been a big challenge. The gymnasts were under a lot of stress- you don’t want to succeed in the trials and fail at the British Championships, do you? However, what we have seen here was that everybody who were expected to deliver strong routines, did it! Big improvement was seen across the whole field, in fact.
We know how difficult it will be in the USA! Especially in the Age groups there will be many more countries involved. We have a reputation, but we know how difficult it is to get to the top and how even more difficult it is to remain there… What we wanted to see here after the trials was more confidence and our gymnasts demonstrated they have it.”
For detailed results of the Championships, please click here.