The 2017 Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT British Championships have begun at Echo Arena in Liverpool, with multiple gymnasts across the three challenging disciplines vying to take British titles.
Across the categories, gymnasts were aiming to finish in the top eight to qualify for their respective finals on Sunday. All scores from their qualification and final routines from across the weekend are added together to decide the final podium places, making qualification routines an important stepping stone in the attempt to clinch a medal.
In the men’s category, it was home favourite Luke Strong from the City of Liverpool who qualified in the top spot with 110.505. OLGA’s Lewis Bartlett qualifed in second with 103.840 ahead of teammate and 2016 Olympian, Nathan Bailey in third with 98.685.
In the senior women’s trampoline, Laura Gallagher from Quayside was back in action and topped the field with 102.050 ahead of Amanda Harris from N.T.G.A with 97.503. Double Olympian, Kat Driscoll from Apollo had a few struggles but pulled through well to sit in third with 96.520.
It was Greg Townley from Derby City who tumbled to success in the senior men’s event, leading the way so far with 73.600. World Games medallist, Lucie Colebeck topped the women’s with a score of 67.300 after day one.
Over in the DMT, in the men’s event, the top qualifier was Benjamin Atkins from the City of Liverpool who impressed with 72.500 and in the women’s event, World Games competitor Kirsty Way from OLGA qualified first with 67.000.
We also saw some of China’s top gymnasts perform as guests, impressing the crowds with some intricate skills.
Competition continues tomorrow (Sunday 24 September) from 9am.