The 2015 English Artistic Championships took place at the weekend (13th – 15th March) at Loughborough University. For many of the gymnasts, it was their first competition of the season, with new skills and routines performed in the lead up to the British Championships in just two weeks’ time.
In the women’s event, South Durham’s Amy Tinkler took the title in her first year as a senior with a big score of 56.200. Amy had a clean competition and performed some difficult new skills including a full twisting double straight somersault on the floor. Taking the silver was Bristol Hawks Claudia Fragapane (54.900). Claudia performed her extremely difficult floor routine without major errors and will be looking to improve further ahead of the British Championships. Taking bronze was Dynamo’s Kelly Simm (54.550) who performed some impressive upgrades across the board. In 4th place was experienced Lisa Mason (Heathrow), 5th Jade Stedford (City of Liverpool) and 6th Chelsea Court (City of Bristol).
Claudia took the women's vault title with an average of 14.125, Rebecca Downie topped bars with 14.900, Amy Tinkler the beam with 13.800 and Kelly Simm the floor with 14.000.
In the men’s event, it was another first year senior who took the crown. South Essex’s Brinn Bevan looked extremely strong after coming back from injury and scored 86.000. Loughborough Students’ Sam Oldham, who was also competing after injury, looked confident back in action to take the silver (85.750) with the City of Birmingham’s Dom Cunningham taking the bronze (82.600). Loughborough Students took the final spots in the top six with William Trood 4th, Gabriel Hannah 5th and Harry Carter 6th.
Kristian Thomas took the floor (15.500) and high bar (15.000) titles, Max Whitlock the pommels (16.400) Courtney Tulloch the rings (15.350), Gabriel Hannah the vault (14.400) and Sam Oldham the parallel bars (15.600).
There were also impressive performances in the junior categories.
All-around medal winners
Junior women all-around
1 54.700 - Catherine Lyons (Europa)
2 53.400 - Phoebe Turner (The Academy)
3 52.750 - Alice Kinsella (Park Wrekin)
Espoir women (12/13 years) all-around
1 50.000 - Chiara Bunce (Heathrow)
2 49.350 - Amelie Morgan (Slough)
3 48.950 - Isabel Davis (Bristol Hawks)
Men’s 16-18 years
1 85.500 - Giarnni Regini-Moran (Europa)
2 81.950 - Hamish Carter (City of Birmingham)
3 81.900 - Joshua Nathan (City of Birmingham)
Junior men’s all-around
1 78.750 - Jamie Lewis (Woking)
2 75.900 - Hayden Skinner (South Essex)
3 74.950 - Euan Cox (Pegasus)
1 75.700 - Victor Yeo (Exeter)
2 72.100 - Tobie Watson (City of Birmingham)
3 70.850 - Harley Spann (Bury)