12/5/14: Laura Halford has been crowned the 2014 Senior Rhythmic all-around Champion after a closely fought battle between some of the country’s top gymnasts.
The crowd were treated to an awe-inspiring display of rhythmic gymnastics at Fenton Manor in Stoke, as the country’s top gymnasts battled it out for all-around glory in today’s competition.
Laura successfully defended her British title with exquisite routines each fantastically executed. 2014 has so far been a success for Laura who recently won the Welsh title and this will all put her in good stead to be selected for team Wales at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She retained her crown with a score of 61.465 across the ball, hoop, ribbon and clubs.
“I’m so happy to have won, it was really unexpected! I just wanted to go out and do my routines well and didn’t really think about the scores. I knew how difficult the competition was going to be so I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself. I’m really excited about the Commonwealth Games in the summer now, I’m hoping to make the team and I think team Wales will be really strong!”
It was Frankie Jones who took the silver medal after three solid routines with the hoop, ball and clubs. An unfortunate mistake during her ribbon routine cost her the title but it was a fantastic return to the British Championships for Frankie after not competing since 2012 when she went on to represent GB at the 2012 London Olympics. She took the all-around silver with a score of 59.448.
Completing the podium was Mimi-Isabella Cesar whose beautiful artistry and consistency earned her the bronze medal with a score of 54.399.
In the junior category, Abbie Wyver took the gold with some incredible performances to score 47.732 with Christianna Vitanova in silver with 45.232 and Selina Brown in bronze with 43.232.
Hannah Martin took the gold with 42.998 ahead of Eve Baker-Roberts with 42.432 and Abi Hanford with 40.515.
Emily Mortimer took the crown with 31.616 with Azra Dewan in silver with 28.998 and Daisie Burke in bronze with 26.815.
Gold went to Giselle Desseaux who scored 30.516 ahead of Alexia Chan in silver (28.466) and Phoebe Mcdonald in bronze (28.416).
Today also saw eight Espoir and four Junior Groups performing as a result of having been at the top of the rankings in the Group League seeding competition in February. As there will be three further rounds in this event, no medals were awarded at these championships, with the overall League Champions being crowned at the British Group Championships in November.
Elite Espoir Group all-around
1st City of Canterbury (Negarin Tabibi, Lucy Turner-Chalmers, Cara Mayes, Yasmin Holness, Ella Bailey) 18.566
2nd Stockport (Sophie Attwood, Amelia Beatty, Sophie Forsyth, Arlette Larkin-Pardillo) 17.283
3rd Trafford (Lucy Naylor, Madison Price, Francesca Rabbit, Tyana Reid, Elisha Wolden) 16.000
4th i-star Academy (Rosina Cheale, Hannah Martin, Kaia Walker, Sienna Walker) 15.500
5th Ribby Hall (Milly Cowell, Nyah Holden, Alice Leaper, Isabella Lyons, Leonie Marchese) 15.166
6th City of Canterbury (Ella Cooper, Lucy Hogben, Lily Wright, Martha Hayes-Watkins) 13.932
Guests City of Birmingham (Emily Hawkins, Victoria Lopez, Alarna-Jai Turton, Elizabeth Varaksina) 14.882
Group League Elite Junior
1st City Of Bath Rhythmic (Willow Banfield, Florence Boventer, Olivia Kockburn-Marsh, Lilly Edwards, Chloe Lewis, Isabella Williams) 20.566
2nd City of Birmingham (Nicole Allen, Louise Greenfield, Natasha Hodson, Ailis McGuinness, Lauren Moult, Jessica Watson) 17.032
3rd City Of Canterbury (Leah Alcock, Gracie Morrall, Jessica Phillips, Lottie Wittich, Emily Woodruff) 16.399
4th Llanelli Rhythmic Academy (Ellie May Austin, Lauren Carmon, Carys Davies, Fifon Davies, Evelyn Heis, Demi Wright) 14.633
Junior class I
GOLD Elizabeth Packman 43.249
SILVER Anna Talbot-Ponsonby 16.400
Junior class II
GOLD Katie O’Connor 35.798
SILVER Sophie Dalglish 16.175
Senior class I
GOLD Rowena Francis 43.699
SILVER Hannah Westerman 40.449
BRONZE Megan Donovan 13.874
Senior class II
GOLD Rebecca Cooper 37.165
HD medal winning routine videos from today’s event will be available to view on BGtv on Monday.
The event continues tomorrow (18/5/14) with apparatus finals.