The 22nd and 23rd March 2014 saw Britain’s best acrobatic gymnasts come together at Fenton Manor in Stoke on Trent for the British Championships.
The event saw gymnasts fighting for prestigious British titles as well as many looking to impress ahead of selection for the World Championships in July.
The much anticipated senior mixed pair title went to World Games and European Champions Alice Upcott and Dominic Smith from Heathrow. The duo performed their most difficulty routine to date in front of a packed home crowd to take the title with 31.235 ahead of Loughborough’s Marsden and Wixey in silver with 23.280.
Alice told us how happy the pair were with their performance: “We are really pleased with today. We have recently increased our difficulty so that is the hardest combined routine we have ever competed! Our goal now is to make the team for the World Championships and take the title. That will involve a lot of hard work, dedication and sacrifices. The atmosphere has been great here it’s made the whole thing feel like a real performance, we’ve loved it.”
Dom emphasised the importance of increasing their difficulty, “We have to keep upping our difficulty to keep up with the best in the world otherwise it’s game over. We’ve done that here and will be looking to do it right up until worlds.”
The women’s pair title went to Johnson and Leatherbarrow of Wigan Seagulls (20.850) with Southampton’s Bright Garumukanwa and Whittle (26.740) taking the men’s gold. Both partnerships put in superb performances to take their first senior British titles and demonstate the great depth of emerging world class talent within the British acrobatic community.
The partnership of Bailey, Irwin and Russell (Richmond GC) were victorious in the women’s group category. The first year seniors took the title with 27.960 ahead of European silver medallists Lancaster, Matthews and Spalding (Heathrow) who unfortunately had to count a fall and finished with 25.805.
Another first year senior group Bartlett, Cook, Wood and Wood (Heathrow) also took the title in the men’s group with 27.525. Although the group had an unfortunate mistake in their combined routine, they have an extremely promising future with a performance packed full of difficulty.
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2014 British Champions
GOLD Cowperthwaite, Kroliczek (Heathrow Gym Club )28.350
GOLD Munday, Reynolds, Smith (Spelthorne Gymnastics) 28.700
GOLD Gray, Windows (Spelthorne Gymnastics) 27.500
GOLD Franklin, Paul (Heathrow Gym Club) 27.750
GOLD Brady, Gavin, Gill, Napier (Deerness Valley Gym Club) 28.100
GOLD Fisher, Greave (Deerness) 27.750
GOLD Davies, Haigh, Osborne (Heathrow) 28.000
GOLD Falconer, Wood (Heathrow) 28.050
GOLD Nesbitt, Sneath (Deerness) 28.100
GOLD Sawenko, Tate, Upcott, Watts (Heathrow) 28.350
13 – 19yrs
GOLD Baughn, Rothwell-Douglas (Heathrow) 28.150
GOLD Atkinson, Emmerson, Mattinson (South Tyneside) 28.000
GOLD Bates, Child (King Edmund) 26.500
GOLD Montagna, Walker (Richmond) 28.600