England secured their second gymnastics medal taking the women’s team silver in the second day of competition at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Kelly Simm, Taeja James, Alice Kinsella, Georgia-Mae Fenton and Lucy Stanhope scored 162.659 points; Alice and Kelly leading the charge both posting 53.6 all-around scores, whilst 15 year old Taeja sealed the silver with the final floor routine.
Canada took the gold medal with Australia in bronze.
Kelly Simm said after: “I am so proud of all the time team today, they all came out and did such a great job. To be competing alongside the home team from Australia, it was very loud in the arena but we got our heads down, did what we need to do and nobody dwelled on any mistakes they made, everyone was really positive, so couldn’t be prouder.
It was quite strange (being the most experienced member), it’s normally Becky Downie so I just had to think, what would she do and what has she done before to help me. I have really enjoyed it and I hope I have helped the girls in any way they needed.”
Strong all-around scores by Maisie, Latalia and Emily helped the team to second spot after the third subdivision only for them to be pipped to the podium in the last round and place fourth.
Team Scotland produced some great routines in the second subdivision of the day. Shannon Archer, Cara Kennedy, Ellie Russell, Sofia Ramzan and Isabella Tolometti scored 142.950 for fifth place. Shannon Archer led the way with an impressive 48.300 across the four apparatus.
For Jersey, Bonita Shurmer scored an all-around total of 44.150 with teammate Rachelle Flambard scoring 41.750 and competing for the Isle Of Man, Nicole Burns scored 45.125.
The competition also acted as qualifying for tomorrow’s all-around final and the apparatus finals to come. The Home Nation gymnasts will be represented throughout all of the finals and aiming for numerous medal places.
Full qualifying results can be found on the official event website.