Luke Strong and Kat Driscoll triumph on opening day of British Championships - British Gymnastics

Luke Strong and Kat Driscoll triumph on opening day of British Championships

TRA DMT TUM Championships Photos 2019
Luke Strong (City of Liverpool) and Kat Driscoll have taken British men’s and women’s trampoline titles on the opening day of the 2019 Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT British Championships at Arena Birmingham.

It was a fifth individual British title for Luke and a fourth for Kat, as they dominated the men’s and women’s competitions from start to finish.

In the men’s event, Luke topped qualifying with a score of 108.720, before returning for the final to post a total score of 165.535.

He was joined on the podium by two of his City of Liverpool teammates. Rhys Northover scored 163.615 to claim silver, and Alex Bradshaw took bronze with 147.680.

Luke said: "It feels great to become British champion again. I wanted to try some new skills in my routines today, ready for the World Cup in Spain next week, and I’m really happy with how it went.

"I’ve been working hard to get my full twisting triple pike at the end of my set routine again, and I added the two and a half twisting straight back in too, so it’s been a great day!"

Kat Driscoll, competing in her 23rd consecutive British Championship, made sure of a gold medal with three consistent routines.

After scoring 101.225 through qualifying, she scored 51.745 in the final for a total of 152.970 to secure the title. Louise Brownsey from Jumpers Trampoline Club, who won World Age Group gold last year, finished second in her first British as a senior, with a score of 145.250.

Speaking after, Kat said: "I’m happy to have got the title back, because it’s been a little while since I last won it. I felt really nervous today, and that maybe got to me a bit, but I was pleased to go through my three routines clean.

"This is my fourth British title, and my 21st consecutive podium finish, which is something I’m incredibly proud of."

There were also finals for all of our synchro trampoline pairs, in the men’s and women’s 11-12, 13-16 and 17+ age groups. Full results.

For our senior tumbling and DMT gymnasts, and for our disability trampoline gymnasts, and all other age groups in trampoline, tumbling and DMT, the opening day of the Championships was a day of qualifying. Sunday will see the top eight from each competition return for finals.