The 2021 Acrobatic Gymnastics British Championships were a huge success with non-stop spectacular routines on display at Fenton Manor.
Due to the extended competition break brought about through Covid-19, the weekend saw the British Championships combined with the NDP, IDP, Youth and Disability events creating a two-day celebration of acrobatic gymnastics.
Another change saw the British Championship age groups altered in line with the FIG’s guidance to support a return to competition so the 11-17, 12-19 and 13-20 categories took place alongside the senior events.
Deerness Women’s Group Cara Winship, Dena Kirk and Isobel Gosling took the senior women’s title scoring 22.980 with Dylan Howells and Natasha Hutchinson of King Edmund being crown the senior mixed pair British Champions with a score of 28.360.
In the 13-20 age groups, Ella Mae Rodgerson, Bethany MacDougall and Lili Gardner (Deerness) took women’s group (26.490) gold, with Kind Edmunds women’s pair Chloe Hoggins and Polly Maggs (23.550) pipping Horsham’s Ella Dronfield and Naima Hyder to gold in that category.
Cara Winship from Deerness Women’s Group summed up the amazing event and performances perfectly after saying: "Honestly, I think it’s one of the most amazing things to watch. We’re throwing a human being around. They’re in the air, they’re doing their thing. It’s defying gravity really, isn’t it?"
Asked about what she loves most about the sport, Cara added: "I think it’s the teamwork. The training’s more fun when you’re training together. I think we do the impossible as well. Some of the things that gymnasts do in acro are just unbelievable."