Scottish, Welsh and English gymnasts have begun competitions for 2019 in recent weeks, with their home nations championships all taking place.
On the 23rd and 24th February, the Scottish Championships were held at Bells Sports Centre, Perth, with Frank Baines (76.650) from Southport and Cara Kennedy (50.450) from City of Glasgow taking the all-around titles in the men’s and women’s competitions.
In the men’s event Frank also picked up two apparatus titles on pommel (12.550) and rings (13.150). Pavel Karnejenko from Notts also won two apparatus titles, taking gold on high bar (12.950) and parallel bars (13.250). Floor gold went to David Weir (City of Glasgow) who performed well to score 14.100, and Adam Logan, also from City of Glasgow, took vault gold with 12.250.
In the women’s event, Cara added to her all-around title with gold on floor, scoring 13.200. Emily Bremer (DGC2k) scored 12.800 on beam to take gold, and also claimed the uneven bars title with 11.850. Hayley Bell, also from DGC2k took gold on vault with 13.000.
On the same weekend the Welsh Championships were held in Cardiff with Brinn Bevan (South Essex) taking all-around gold in the men’s event with 83.633, and Emily Thomas from Pen-y-Bont scoring 51.650 for gold in the women’s event.
Brinn was in fine form throughout the weekend, taking home four apparatus titles too, scoring 14.267 on rings, 13.533 on pommel, 14.033 on high bar and 13.733 on parallel bars. Emil Barber from Swansea scored 13.967 on floor and 13.917 on vault to win two golds of his own.
In the women’s event, Emily added two apparatus titles to her all-around crown. She scored 13.567 on floor for gold and 12.433 on uneven bars to pick up her third title of the weekend. Maisie Methuen from Pheonix took the beam title (13.250) and Holly Jones from Swansea won gold on vault (13.968).
From the 1st-3rd March, the English Championships took place at Redbridge, Ilford, with Joe Fraser (84.500) from City of Birmingham and first year senior Amelie Morgan (55.250) from The Academy winning the all-around titles in the men’s and women’s events.
Joe had a weekend to remember as he added apparatus titles on floor (14.333), high bar (13.567), parallel bars (14.633) and rings (14.533) to his all-around crown. Giarnni Regini-Moran impressed on vault with 14.450 to take gold, and double-Olympic champion Max Whitlock MBE took pommel gold with 15.633.
In the women’s apparatus finals the medals were shared around. Amelie won beam gold with 13.650, Ellee Cheetham from City of Manchester took the vault title with 12.775, Georgia-Mae Fenton (East London) scored 13.400 on floor to finish in top spot and Ellie Downie (Notts) took the uneven bars title with a score of 14.500.