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Jaydon, Kallum and Chris Selected for the European Tumbling Team

British Gymnastics has just announced the gymnasts selected to represent Team GB at the 25th European Trampoline, Double Mini-tramp & Tumbling Championships which is due to take place in Valladolid, North Western Spain, 31st March - 3rd April. Four Junior Boys Tumblers have been selected to represent GB at Euros Kallum Mulhall 15, Jaydon Paddock 14, William Finn 14 and Dominic Mensah 15.

A huge well done goes to City of Birmingham Gymnastics Club Tumblers Jaydon and Kallum who successfully trialled and gained selection into the Junior European Championship Team representing GB. Congratulations also go to City of Birmingham head tumbling coach, Chris Porter, who has been selected as team coach. 

Gymnastics Development Officer and Head coach to the GMAC Performance Programme, Phil Barrow was delighted at this further accolade for the programme and commented shortly after the announcement: “I couldn’t be more proud of Jayden and Kallum and coach Chris Porter; they have all prepared extremely well for this moment and I have great expectations of them at the event".

This is a proud moment for Coach Chris as it is the first time that the City of Birmingham have had representation at the Tumbling European Championships. Selection is based on strict criteria and the juniors have to be between the age ranges 13-17. They have to compete a straight pass which must consist of 8 skills with no more than 180 degrees of twist (prelims only), followed by a twisting pass which must consist of 8 skills with at least 360 degrees of twist in two of the elements on which must be the dismount move (prelims only). Eight boys were invited to trial for the team, with Kallum finishing in 1st and Jaydon in 2nd place. At the trial event the TOP placed gymnast has automatic qualification with 2nd, 3rd and 4th place selected by the national coaching staff, previous competition results were taken into consideration during the selection process.

City of Birmingham Head Tumbling Coach Chris said, “This is a massive achievement for the boys, there hasn’t been a lot of preparation time after the 2015 World Age Group Championships in Denmark but we are hoping to tweak some things and hopefully upgrade a few passes. It was always in the plan to get the boys qualified to be part of the European team since the 2014 World Age Group Championships, Florida. This is the first time the lads will be competing at a Junior Europeans and the competition format is very different to what we’ve been use to on the International and Home competition scene. They’ll have to compete a straight pass and a twisting pass in the preliminary rounds. If the team place in the top 5 after the prelim rounds they will compete in a team final.

There will also be an individual competition where the top 8 gymnasts from the preliminary round go head to head to find out who’s the best in Europe. Only two gymnasts per country are permitted in the individual final and with such strength in depth within the GB team there is going to be a tough but exciting battle ahead. The boys always work extremely hard and both have their eyes set on making the individual final to have the opportunity to be crowned European Champion. It’s been over 15 years since I last participated in a European Championships so to be selected as one of two coaches for the Junior team is a great honour and I can’t wait to see how the boys and the rest of GB squad stack up against the best in Europe.”

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