The 2012 Aerobic British Championships took place on the 5th-7th of October once again at the Rivermead Leisure Centre in Reading. Gymnasts gathered from all across the country to battle it out and see who could be crowned British Champion in the various different categories. The championships had gymnasts competing as individuals both male and female and in pairs, trios and teams of six. NAC gymnasts competed for the NAC Cup on the Friday with the more experienced FIG gymnasts competing for the title of British champion across a range of ages and categories, with heats on the Saturday and finals on the Sunday.
In the much anticipated senior women's individual category, Christina Fossheim from Champion Gymnastics Club was crowned British Champion for the first time since 2007 after a fantastic performance earning her 18.400.
Christina’s gold medal winning routine.
Junior male individual went to Matt Saunders, (Weston) who also won the junior mixed pairs with partner Abi Butterfield, the Junior female individual title went to Stella Vinet, (Bulmershe). Stella led going into the finals and fought hard to remain in gold medal position, scoring the competition’s highest score of 19.350. Bulmershe dominated in this category taking the 1,2, 3 in the 15-17 female individuals, with Keimoy St Hill producing a powerful and popular routine to win the silver. The Trio in this age group also went to Bulmershe, with Stella joining Emily Boyce and Ella Augier. In the group event Rebekah Galpin, Sophie Goves, Niamh Keane, Jess Kirkpatrick, Amy Watts and Kate Wilson produced an elegant clean routine to take the title from the reigning champions.
In the 12-14 age group Marvin Gordon (Bulmershe), won both male individual and then the mixed pairs with partner Jasmine Potter, with team mate Eleanor Ruffle winning the female individual with a very well executed routine, ahead of Martine’s AP, Georgia Davies.
Umber Sohal (Heathrow) rounded off a great year by winning the national development female individual with a neat and elegant routine scoring 16.000. Narrowly followed by Freya Baldwin (Basingstoke) in silver, and Anya Donnelly (Bulmershe) in third. All three show tremendous potential for the future.
On the Friday the NAC gymnasts had the chance to show their skills and a recent addition to the aerobic clubs, Champion, had a great day. The relatively new comers took gold and silver in NAC national development individual respectively, with Poppy Hughes and Isabel Boluda leading by a comfortable margin. They also won the NAC group 1 female individuals, Eva Barron-Hill being victorious. NAC cup winner went to popular winner Aero Gym’s, Rebecca Boyce who won the senior female individual with an excellent score of 16.100. Bulmershe, Heathrow, Weston, LK Aerobics, Southport, Basingstoke, Martine’s AP all produced medals in the NAC Cup.
The weekend was rounded off with the Technical Committee presenting trophies to coach of the year; Holly Lowe (Bulmershe) and Ella Augier (Bulmershe) taking the title of gymnast of the year.
Debbie Porter , Competition Organiser “It is such a delight to see more males coming through and in a particularly strong number too. The sport demands great strength and this is extremely well demonstrated by our male gymnasts as well as our females who have worked so hard on their skills of late.”
(With thanks to Debbie Saunders)
You can watch all the medal winning routines from Sunday’s competition on BGtv’s YouTube channel by clicking here.