Our 2017 Gymnastics British Championships was a record breaking event. It drew our biggest ever crowd with a record 15,835 in attendance, including a sell out on both Saturday and Sunday.
The crowd came to watch Britain's best gymnasts perform live and enjoy spectacular routines up close. They did not disappoint. The Championships encompassed a number of competitions, including the junior women, junior men (U16 & U18), senior all-around, apparatus finals (senior women, junior women and both men and women disability gymnastics) and the masters finals for the men.
Jane Allen, British Gymnastics CEO comments “It was another fantastic event and we’re thankful to the wonderful Echo Arena in Liverpool for hosting us once again. Congratulations to everyone who took part, contributed to the event’s success and we must say a very big thank you to the record crowd who cheered on our British stars and created such a brilliant atmosphere. We enjoyed seeing our Olympians returning to the sport and performing for the crowd and it was particularly exciting to see some of our younger gymnasts doing so well. They rose to the occasion nurtured by their clubs, coaches and our high performance system which is focused on ensuring sustainable results. It was a fantastic opportunity for the juniors to shine and start to challenge the more established seniors as they begin to return to competition in this next cycle. The journey to Tokyo has now begun.”
As well as the action on the field of play by competing gymnasts, the entertainment was non-stop for the record crowd. The competition to win the Best Seats in the House went to the Palmer family, who enjoyed the perfect view for all of Sunday’s action. They were treated to a tour of the Echo Arena, meeting Amy Tinkler, Kristian Thomas and Dan Keatings along the way, before enjoying a VIP lunch. Winner Jake Palmer, age 7, said: “It’s been really good. We’ve watched all day. I liked the pommel and rings finals. Then we went backstage and walked in the warm up area and we saw a lot of the gymnasts.”
15 lucky winners got to meet Max Whitlock and have their photos taken in a personal meet and greet experience with the double-Olympic champion backstage. Max was in attendance all weekend, floor-side encouraging his teammates throughout the all-around competitions, as well as having photos, signing pictures and answering questions from some of his biggest fans.
Three members of the crowd got a starring role in the show itself, winning the opportunity to present a medal to the winners. Erin Jones was one of the lucky winners and said: “I’ve had a brilliant time. It was amazing to give out one of the medals in front of the crowd. Opportunities like that don’t come around very often!”
The event in numbers:
Number of days - 3
Total medals - 141
Number of gymnasts - 205
Number of clubs - 63
Volunteers & Judges - 120
Number of all-around British Champions crowned - 5
Total number of spectators - 15,835