It was another incredible day for the British team at the 2016 Trampoline, Tumbling and Double-Mini Trampoline (DMT) European Championships in Valladolid (ESP).
Our senior men’s tumbling team of Kristof Willerton, Greg Townley, Elliott Browne and Michael Barnes stole the show in the team final, performing brilliantly to take gold ahead of Russia and Denmark. Not to be out done, the women’s team stepped up and fought hard to take their rightful place on top of the podium also, with Lucie Colebeck, Yasmin Taite, Ashleigh Long and Rachel Davies making up the team that took the gold ahead of Russia and France.
The results of the senior tumblers clearly inspired the younger generation, with our junior men's tumbling team of Kallum Mulhall, Jaydon Paddock, Dominic Mensah and William Finn also becoming European champions. The success didn’t end there, with the junior women’s team of Megan Kealy, Shanice Maddock, Kaitlin Lafferty and Aimee Antonius making it four for four by taking their European title. The junior girls have now won every European team gold since 2004. With championships every two years, that’s an impressive seven successive titles.
The senior tumbling results also make history as Britain become the first country to win all four European tumbling team titles! Congratulations to all involved on some truly inspiring performances.
Over on double-mini trampoline, our senior women (Kirsty Way, Caitlin O’Brien, Ciara Donlevy) fought well to take an impressive bronze medal, with our men’s team (Ben Atkins, Michael McNabb, Andrew Houston, Daniel Sale) just missing out in 4th. In the junior section our girls (Bethany Williamson, Amy Walton, Lucy Steele, Lucy Horan) claimed second on the podium with our men of Jasper Dallard, Oliver Paradise and Zak Perzamanos just missing out in 4th.
The success in the trampolining was the none the less impressive with Pamela Clark and Kat Driscoll bouncing their way to the European final in 3rd and 8th. In the men’s semi-final, Luke Strong and Nathan Bailey also made their final in 3rd and 4th place, the first time in 20 years GB have put two men in the final. In the junior women’s semi-final, Isabelle Songhurst finished 3rd to make the final and in the boys semi-final, Andrew Stamp just missed out on a place in the final finishing 9th, With Rhys Northover finishing 11th and Alex Bradshaw 24th.
What a day! Huge credit to the whole trampoline, tumbling and DMT team who have worked hard for many years to achieve these sensational results.
The competition concludes tomorrow with individual finals. (3rd April).
Find the full results and watch tomorrow’s live stream on the official event website.