There’s just two weeks to go until the 2019 Gymnastics British Championships gets underway at M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool. With our gymnasts showcasing their super-human strength, breath-taking control and creative flair, it is one not to miss.
If you’re heading to Liverpool over the course of the weekend, here’s what you can look forward to on each day of the Championships.
Thursday 14 March
8:30 - Doors open
9:35 – 12.15 Sub Division 1 - Women’s espoir all-around and Men’s under 12 all-around
14:00 – 16:40 Sub Division 2 – Women’s espoir all-around and Men’s under 12 all-around
16:50 – 17:20 Medal ceremony – Women’s espoir all-around and Men’s under 12 all-around
18:50 – 21:35 Men’s under 18 all-around
21:45 – 22:00 Medal ceremony – Men’s under 18 all-around
The first champions will be decided on the opening day with the espoir women and men’s under 12 competitions taking centre stage. The espoir event sees Britain’s best 12 and 13 year olds compete across vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. The scores are then combined as we find out who takes home the coveted British title. In the men’s U12 competition, gymnasts will battle for both all-around and apparatus titles across the floor exercise, pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar.
Concluding the opening day will be some of the brightest British prospects, as the under 18 men compete across all six apparatus for all-around and individual apparatus titles. Just one level below senior, it is likely that we could see a handful of these gymnasts qualify to Sunday’s masters finals.
Friday 15 March
11:00 - Doors open
12:00 – 14:50 Sub Division 1 – Junior women’s all-around and men’s under 14 all-around
16:30 – 19:20 Sub Division 2 – Junior women’s all-around and men’s under 14 all-around
19:30 – 20:00 Medal ceremony – Junior women’s all-around and men’s under 14 all-around
The junior women are Britain’s best 14 and 15 year olds and will compete on Friday in two subdivisions across the four apparatus of vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. Their scores will then be combined for an overall ranking.
In the men’s under 14 competition, again across two subdivisions, gymnasts will battle for all-around and apparatus titles across the floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar.
Saturday 16 March
8:50 - Doors open
10:05 – 12:45 Sub Division 1 – Women’s senior all-around
10:05 – 14:00 Men’s under 16 all-around
14:05 – 14:15 Medal ceremony – Men’s under 16 all-around
14:30 – 17:10 Sub Division 2 – Women’s senior all-around
14:30 – 18:25 Men’s senior all-around
18:35 – 19:05 Medal ceremony – Men’s senior all-around and women’s senior all-around
Saturday sees the senior gymnasts compete for British all-around supremacy. First up it’s the senior women’s competition, with the first of two subdivisions taking place alongside the men’s under 16 all-around competition. These competitions also double up as qualifying for individual apparatus finals.
The action heats up in the afternoon when we see our second and final subdivision of women enter the arena along with our senior men. Here you’ll see all of our experienced GB stars in action. The competition also serves as a qualifier for the women for Sunday’s individual finals (top eight gymnasts on each piece of apparatus), and for the men, the top three highest scorers on each piece will be awarded medals.
The top eight scorers on each apparatus in the under 18 men’s competition (see Thursday schedule) and the senior men’s competition will qualify for Sunday’s masters finals.
Sunday 17th March
8:10 - Doors open
9:15 – 12:00 Women’s espoir, women’s junior, women’s disability masters, men’s disability masters and men’s under 16 apparatus finals
12:00 – 12:45 Medal ceremony - Women’s espoir, women’s junior, women’s disability masters, men’s disability masters and men’s under 16
14:05 – 16.35 Women’s senior apparatus finals
14:05 – 17.45 Men’s masters
17:55 – 18:20 Medal ceremony – Women’s senior apparatus finals and men’s masters
Sunday’s competition see’s the top eight qualifiers on each apparatus battle it out for individual titles. In the morning, the espoir women, junior women and under 16 men will be hoping to impress. Also competing in the morning will be the top female and male disability gymnasts in the country as they go head-to-head for masters titles across the apparatus. This will be a great experience for our gymnasts, who continue to raise the profile of disability gymnastics and inspire the next generation.
In the afternoon session, we see the senior women compete for individual apparatus titles on all four apparatus; the vault, uneven bars, beam and floor exercise and the men’s masters, which sees the top eight qualifiers from the senior men’s and under 18 men’s competitions, take to their six pieces of apparatus; the floor exercise, pommel, vault, rings, parallel bars and high bar.
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