Awe inspiring acrobatic gymnastics highlighted the final day of the British Gymnastics Championship Series at M&S Bank Arena, with Britain’s best competing for the prestigious titles.
Having battled through two days of qualifying to reach the final the gymnasts shone with outstanding routines across the age groups. The coveted combined senior titles were won by Adam Upcott and Charlie Tate of Spelthorne in the men’s pair with a score of 28.180 points with Richmond’s Jamie Jeffrey and Aidan Lim in silver. Rhys Cowler and Mollie Jaggers made it a Spelthorne double taking the mixed pair British title (27.330 points) narrowly beating Kind Edmunds Finlay Cochrane and Kirsten Owen to top spot. The 2019 women’s group champions are Emily Stock, Katie Jenkins and Hannah Carys Jenkins from West Street who scored 27.350 for their combined routine.
In the 13-19 age group the men’s pair combined gold was won by Sam Large and Sammi Nassman of Heathrow, the women’s pair by Olivia Procter and Evie Hancox from Wakefield and the mixed pair by Heathrow’s Jordan Franklin and Ella Hanna Sanz. Ruby Riekstins, Annabel Meadows and Lola Ernstzen from Richmond took the women’s group gold medal and Spelthorne’s Keiran Holbrook, Max Crawford, Andrew Morris-Hunt and Cameron Patrick-Lothian were crowned the men’s group British champions.
In the 12-18 category Wakefield’s Farhad Nasimi and Samuel Reynolds won the combined men’s pair gold with club Acrobay’s Scarlett Haldame, Ellie Hosrtmann and Rebecca Stewart taking the women’s group gold medal. Spelthorne’s Sasha Carpenter and Poppy Yates won the women’s pair title and Cheri-May Cunningham and Joseph Hill from Wakefield the mixed pair combined gold medal. Finally, the men’s group combined gold was won by Bradley Gold, Jack Clegg, Harry Watson and Jake Turner from Spelthorne.
Medals were also awarded in the 11-16 age group category for either dynamic or balance finals. Louis Alexander, Jackson Birch, Rex Booth and Alexander Lofness from Richmond took the men’s group balance gold, whilst Wakefield trio Skyla Ainley, Madeleine Bedford and Freya Halliday took the women’s group dynamic title. King Edmunds’ Harry Hole and George Paget won the men’s pair balance gold whilst Lucy Hodgson and Samuel Yarnall from Southampton swept the mixed pair dynamic crown and the women’s pair balance British title went to Birkenhead’s Elizabeth Hodgson and Niamh McCartan.
Over on the rhythmic floor the apparatus medals were decided.In the senior category Alida Bogdonova of Elite Gymnastics Academy was crowned the British hoop champion scoring 15.950 with Gemma Frizelle of Llanelli winning the ball (15.900 points). Alice Leaper from Ribby Hall took the gold with the clubs scoring 14.050 and the final gold medal of the senior event went to the 2019 British all-around champion Christianna Vitanova from Elite Gymnastics who scored 14.500 points.
The junior individual titles went to Saffron Severn (Rhythmic Excellence) who took the rope title scoring 14.050 and the ribbon gold with 13.500, whilst Elizabeth Popova (Llanelli) won both the ball gold and the clubs gold (15.300 points).
That completes an incredible four days of gymnastics action at the 2019 Championships Series, showcasing the very best of British rhythmic, acrobatic, aerobic and TeamGym. The full results from all the competitions, including the TeamGym Challenge and age group rhythmic individual and group finals can be found here.