07/07/13: James Higgins of Northampton Trampoline Gymnastics Academy and Bryony Page from ATFC Sheffield took the senior trampoline British titles in a closely fought battle at the LG Arena in Birmingham.
James, one of the most experienced members of the Great Britain set up, claimed his 5th title scoring 56.525 to lead Luke Strong (56.020) and Kayvon Arasteh (54.670) .For Bryony the title is her first as she pipped 2012 Olympian Kat Driscoll to top spot by a margin of .120 scoring 53.530 with Emma Smith also very close scoring 53.180 for bronze.
Bryony Page: “I’m very happy; I really didn’t expect to win. There were a few mistakes but I recovered well and the judges saw that. I’ve been competing as a senior for a while and getting podium places so to now finally be crowned the British Champion feels amazing.”
James Higgins: “After missing out on top spot for the last two years I'm absolutely delighted to be British champion again. Some of my past victories I’ve just been satisfied with but this one feels really special, I’m very happy.”
The tumbling crowns once again went to Wakefield’s Rachael Letsche (66.800) and Andover's Kristoff Willerton (76.700), the reigning champions producing some jaw-dropping powerful tumbles that delighted the crowds. Both Rachael and Kristoff will soon compete for Great Britain in the World Games and look set to be amongst the medal contenders on such form. Rachel said: “I thought I did well today, I played it safe on my second run and knew if I did that it would work out. My first pass was new to competition so I’m happy to have competed that, I was nervous but also quite confident.”
The men’s double-mini trampoline title went to Matthew Swaffer who was competing in his 22nd and final British Championships. Matthew’s illustrious career ended with the well-deserved gold medal round his neck, he said after: “It was a long wait but I remained focussed and I’m very pleased with how it went. I’ve been competing at British Championships since 1992 and this is my last one, I’m hoping to get into the World Championships team later this year as the swansong to my career and then that’s it.” Nicole Short took the women’s DMT title scoring 67.900 ahead of her trip to World Games.
All of the senior individual medal winning routines can now be viewed on the British Gymnastics BGtv youtube page, here's James Higgins title clinching routine-
In the synchronized trampoline competition l -ast year’s champions continued their dominance with Kat Driscoll and Amanda Parker (44.500) taking the women’s crown and Luke Strong and Nathan Bailey topping the men’s scores with 48.200, although as they competed as guests the British title goes to Philip Dodson and Nick Ledwold. For both Amanda and Kat and Nathan and Luke the results will be a confidence boost as they also head to the forthcoming World Games in Columbia.
The 2013 British Championships took place for the first time from the LG Arena in Birmingham with a huge crowd enjoying the non-stop action across the three spectacular gymnastics disciplines over a variety of age-groups, the full results are now online.