The 2016 artistic gymnastics European Championships take place in Bern, Switzerland with our strong line-up of gymnasts aiming to be amongst the medals in the last major championships before the Rio Olympic Games.
26/05/2016: There has been a late withdrawal from the women’s senior team with Rebecca Tunney replaced by Gabby Jupp.
20/05/2016: There will be two changes to the announced Great Britain teams for the forthcoming men's artistic gymnastics European Championships in Bern, SUI.
In the men's senior team, Max Whitlock will be replaced by Courtney Tulloch (Pegasus/Kent) and in the men's junior team Hamish Carter replaced by Donnell Osbourne (City of Birmingham).
Max has been withdrawn as he has had a viral illness over the past week and it was felt better to give him time to fully recover with the Olympics Games in mind; whilst Hamish suffered a fractured toe in training this week.
Men's Head National Coach Eddie Van Hoof "The withdrawal of Max is unfortunate and we will look at some tactical reshuffling of the team order but it is testament to the depth of the programme that we can call upon Courtney to step up. Courtney has great experience and was a rings finalist in the Nanning World Championship in 2014. Max will continue to prepare for Rio. We all feel for Hamish but again the team has great depth and our expectations have not changed."
16/05/2016: The 2016 artistic gymnastics European Championships begin next week in Bern, Switzerland with our strong line-up of gymnasts aiming to be amongst the medals in the last major championships before the Rio Olympic Games.
Our senior men’s team will be pommel World Champion Max Whitlock (South Essex) (Replaced by Courtney Tulloch - Pegasus) along with our World Championships team silver medal winners Dan Purvis (Southport), Louis Smith MBE (Huntingdon), Kristian Thomas (Earls/Wolverhampton) and Nile Wilson (Leeds).
Our senior women’s team will be 2014 European bars champion Becky Downie (Notts) with fellow World Championship team bronze medallists Ellie Downie (Notts), Claudia Fragapane (Bristol Hawks), Ruby Harrold (The Academy/Portishead) and 2014 European team silver medallist Rebecca Tunney (Liverpool).
The format of this year’s championships matches that of 2014, with medals awarded for senior team and individual apparatus events and junior team, all-around and apparatus events. Our senior men are reigning senior silver medallists and junior champions and our women’s team reigning senior and junior silver medallists. At last year’s European Championships our senior gymnasts scooped a record six apparatus medals.
Men’s Head National Coach, Eddie Van Hoof “This is an important championships, particularly with Rio just 8 weeks after, and a good opportunity to try some tactical options. We have a strong team with a good balance of experience and youth who are all highly motivated as they step up preparations for the Olympics. For the juniors the expectation is to try and continue our successful run and they are working very hard to follow in the footsteps of the senior gymnasts.”
Women’s Head National Coach, Amanda Reddin “For the senior girls this is another big step on the road to Rio and a chance to compete some new skills and combinations that they’ve been working on in preparation for the Games. The juniors have the opportunity to compete at a major championships as they ready themselves for the step up to senior level and so we’re looking for clean, consistent routines to see how they fare against some strong European opposition.”
Great Britain teams.
Senior - Women’s
Born: 1992-01-24 (Age 24)
Club: Notts Gymnastics Academy
Coach: Jo Miller
Career Highlights: 2014 European Championships bars champion and team silver, 2015 European Championships bars and beam silver, 2015 World Championships team bronze
Born: 1999-07-20 (Age 16)
Coach: Jo Miller
Career Highlights: 2015 European Championships all-around bronze, 2015 World Championships team bronze
Born: 1997-10-24 (Age 18)
Club: Bristol Hawks
Coach: Helen Potter & Rory Weavers
Career Highlights: Four time Commonwealth Games champion for Team England, 2015 European Championships floor silver, 2015 World Championships team bronze
Born: 1996-06-04 (Age 19)
Club: The Academy
Coach: Liz Kincaid and Nia Edwards
Career Highlights: 2013 European Championships all-around, bars and beam final, 2014 European Championships team silver & 2015 World Championships team bronze.
Born: 1996-10-26 (Age 19)
Club: City of Liverpool
Coach: Claire Duffy
Career Highlights: 2012 and 2014 British senior all-around champion, 2014 European Championships team silver
Senior - Men
Born: 1990-11-13 (Age 25)
Club: Southport YMCA Competitive Gymnastics Club
Coach: Jeff Brookes and Andrei Popov
Career Highlights: 2012 Olympic Games team bronze medallist, 2012 European Championships team gold and four-time British champion
Born: 1989-04-22 (Age 27)
Club: Huntingdon Olympic Gymnastics Club
Coach: Paul Hall
Career Highlights: Silver on pommel at the 2012 Olympic Games, 2015 European Championships pommel horse gold
Born: 1989-02-14 (Age 27)
Club: Earls Gymnastics Club
Coach: Michelle Bradley and Andrei Popov.
Career Highlights: 2012 Olympic Games team bronze medallist, 2015 European Championships floor gold and 2015 World Championships team silver
Born: 1995-06-10 (Age 20)
Birthplace: Lewisham, London
Lives: Maidstone, Kent
Coach: Ionut Trandaburu
Career Highlights: 2014 World Championship rings finalist (6th), 2016 British masters rings champion
Born: 1996-01-17 (Age 20)
Club: Leeds Gymnastics Club
Coach: Barry Collie and David Murray
Career Highlights: 2014 Junior European all-around champion and 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) parallel bars and high bar champion. 2014 Commonwealth Games (Team England) team and high bar gold.
Taeja James, City of Birmingham (13) 2016 junior British all-around silver medallist
Alice Kinsella, Park Wrekin (15) 2016 junior English all-around champion
Maisie Methuen, Phoenix (Pontypool) (15) 2016 Junior British all-around champion
Megan Parker, City of Birmingham (14)2016 junior British bars champion
Lucy Stanhope, City of Liverpool (14) 2016 junior English all-around bronze medallist
Hamish Carter, City of Birmingham (17) 2015 European Youth Olympic team champion - (Replaced by Donell Osbourne, City of Birmingham (16) 2016 U16 British all-around silver)
Joe Fraser, City of Birmingham (17) 2015 European Youth Olympic all-around champion
Jamie Lewis, Woking (15) 2016 under 16 British all-around champion
Joshua Nathan, City of Birmingham (16) 2016 under 18 parallel bars, high bar and floor bronze medallist
Giarnni Regini-Moran, Europa (Kent) (17) 2014 Youth Olympic champion
The 2016 artistic gymnastics take place in Bern, Switzerland from the 25th May to the 5th June. For all the latest news and reports visit our event website .