It was the turn of our junior women and under 14 men on day two of the 2018 Gymnastics British Championships at Echo Arena, Liverpool.
In the women’s junior event (14/15 year olds), the Academy’s Amelie Morgan dominated from start to finish. Starting on the beam, which can often be a challenging piece of apparatus to begin a competition, Amelie went through confidently. She then produced a beautiful floor routine, a solid vault and finished with a slightly shaky but clean bars to take the title with 53 marks exactly. Taking the silver medal was first year junior Annie Young from the Norfolk Academy of gymnastics. Annie had a strong competition finishing with 51.100 ahead of fellow first year junior, Ondine Achampong from Sapphire with 50.900.
Amelie felt the pressure but was pleased with her performance that led her to take the title: “Today went really well. My first three pieces were really good, my last piece bars was good as well but there was quite a lot of pressure, so there were a few mistakes but the competition went really well. There was so much pressure, knowing your top going in to the last routine, and that one routine rides on the results. I just knew I had to nail it and do what I do in the gym.”
In the men’s under 14 competition, it was South Essex’s Danny Crouch who produced some extremely impressive performances for a huge score of 77.150 in his first year in this category. In silver was Jack Stanley from Leeds who impressed the judges with some difficult but clean work for an all-around total of 76.000. His teammate, Simon Toussaint clinched with bronze with 75.550.
Danny said after: “I’m really proud, it’s a great achievement especially as I won the under 12’s last year and with this being my first year as an under 14, I’m really pleased. I started on high bar which was good routine to start. A little step on dismount. Floor I was really happy, nearly scored a 14 which is my highest score so far. Pommel was a little off balance but stayed on and got through, rings was good, vault a little step and then parallel bars I was just happy to get through. I really want to get to a World Championships and an Olympics one day, and hopefully win a medal.”
Full results can be found on our dedicated event page.
The championships continue tomorrow with the men’s under 16 competitions and the much anticipated senior men and women.