Senior titles in both tumbling and DMT have been decided on the final day of an action-packed 2019 Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT British Championships.
In the senior women’s tumbling competition, it was last year’s world silver medallist Shanice Davidson from Durham who came out on top. Placed in third after qualification, Shanice produced two solid passes in the final to take gold with a score of 131.700.
In second place was Megan Kealy from Milton Keynes who scored 129.800, with Kaitlin Lafferty from Basingstoke in bronze place with 129.500.
Shanice said: "It feels amazing to win the British title, and it just shows that hard work does pay off. I was in third place after qualifying and just told myself to do what I do in training. I tried not to think about yesterday, but focus on my two routines today, and it worked!"
Former world champion Kristof Willerton from Andover topped the podium in the senior men’s tumbling event. Having distanced himself from a strong field in qualifying, he didn’t let up in the final, scoring 151.200.
Jaydon Paddock from City of Birmingham, competing in front of a home crowd, scored 149.700 for silver, with last year’s world silver medallist Elliott Browne from Wakefield recovering from a difficult qualifying to secure bronze with 140.900.
Kristof said: "I always like the big moments, it really gets my adrenaline going, and I can use the experience I’ve gained in the past to my advantage.
"I’ve felt really strong this year which has given me a boost. I’m getting older, but I’m starting to feel stronger and it’s been showing in training, so it’s nice to come to a big competition and show it."
After qualifying, it was Daniel Berridge from Heart of England who led the way in the senior men’s DMT competition, and he continued where he left off as he produced a dominant display in the final.
The score from his two final passes were added to his scores from qualifying to give him a total of 147.100 and his first British title. City of Liverpool’s Jamie Gibney took silver with 140.500, just ahead of Heart of England’s Oliver Paradise who scored 140.100 for bronze.
Daniel said: "Leading going in to the final pass, I just tried to tell myself to focus and not think about winning. This has been 15 years in the making for me and it’s just amazing to finally see the culmination of all the hard work."
Kirsty Way from OLGA Poole came out on top in a high-quality senior women’s DMT final, scoring 137.500 for gold. In second place after qualifying, Kirsty went through two clean passes, sticking both landings, to claim her second title in three years.
Last year’s champion Kim Beattie from Banchory put up a brilliant defence of her title, taking silver with 135.700, and Erifilly Heonos from Sky High won bronze, scoring 134.300.
Kirsty said: "About three months ago, I had surgery on my knee, so to come back and become British champion is beyond all expectation. We’re so close, all of the girls that competed in that final, and to share the competition floor with them is incredible. I was delighted to make the final, but knowing there was a slight chance of a medal, I certainly felt a bit of pressure today, but it was great."
The final day of competition also saw medals awarded across the age groups in trampolining, tumbling and DMT, with the future of all three disciplines in Britain in safe hands. A huge congratulations to all of the gymnasts and coaches involved.
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