Amelie Morgan has already had an exciting start to 2019. At her first competition as a senior, the English Championships in February, she left having won all-around gold. Then earlier this week Amelie was named in the team to represent GB at the European Championships.
Reacting to the news, Amelie posted on her Instagram account: "Excited to announce I’ve been selected to compete for GB at the European Championships in Poland! Such an honour for my first senior international to go to this competition. Couldn’t have done it without the continued support from Liz and everyone at The Academy."
This weekend Amelie will be mixing it with Britain’s best at the British Championships, and after winning the junior title at the same arena last year, she’s looking forward to the challenge. We caught up with Amelie to find out how pleased she has been with her start to life as a senior, and her hopes for the Championships.
Amelie, how happy were you to start off 2019 by winning the all-around title at the English Championships?
"I was so pleased. I couldn’t stop smiling. I definitely wasn’t expecting it."
As a first-year senior, what were your aims coming in to the start of the year?
"Coming in to my first year as a senior, I’m not really expecting to place high up, and that’s not my goal. It’s just about trying to get my upgrades in my routines, go through those routines clean and show that I can compete as a senior."
How has the move up to senior been?
"I don’t really feel like a senior yet to be honest. I don’t feel like there’s been a real change. I feel like one of the young ones. It’s weird to me, thinking that the people I’m training with are the people that I’ve always looked up to. I would never have thought I’d be in the same team with them, and training with them. Hopefully through the year I’ll get to bond with them more."
What would be a dream year for you?
"My focus at the moment is the British Championships, but moving on from there, there’s the European Championships. There’s the European Games coming up too. Then later in the year there’s the World Championships which is obviously a bit bigger, so we’ll see how it goes."
How has being on the TV programme GymStars helped you?
"It’s really nice to know that you’ve got that support behind you and that the girls that watch GymStars see you as the person on TV doing all these amazing gymnastics. It’s so nice to have those people watching you and supporting you."
What should people in the crowd look out for from you at the British Championships?
"I’ve got a new floor routine, so hopefully they will enjoy watching that."
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