Gymnasts from the West Midlands enjoyed considerable success at the Rhythmic British Championships which were part of the recent Championship Series at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.
The City of Birmingham qualified three Individual gymnasts to these Championships. Mimi-Isabella Cesar continued her recent good form by taking the Bronze Medal in the Senior section – her highest finish since 2014. Mimi also placed 2nd in both the Clubs and Ribbon Finals and 3rd in the Hoop Final. In her first year as a Senior, Asha Hamudir placed 7th in the All-Around competition and 5th in the Ball Final, while in the Junior section, Francesca Barker finished 9th and qualified for the Ball Final.
The club’s success continued in the Group section. Francesca Barker, Daisie Burke, Emily Hawkins, Amalie Howard and Alarna Turton comfortably won the All-Around Junior Group Championship, ranking first with both routines. However, their places in the Apparatus Finals were in jeopardy when Francesca was taken ill and had to spend part of the night in hospital. Sacrificing her place in the Individual Ball Final to devote all her energy to the Group’s cause, Francesca managed to get through the two routines and the girls came away with Gold for their Rope routine and Silver for their Clubs routine.
The Senior Group of Connie Allen, Nicole Allen, Jess Bateman, Sophie De-Bear and Tash Hodson took Bronze in both the All-Around and Hoop competitions, giving the City of Birmingham a grand total of three All-Around and six Apparatus medals.
The Espoir Group from Worcester (Mia Harding, Lucy Jackman, Georgia Smith and Eva Yordanov) finished sixth, despite being one of the youngest Groups in a section which covers Under 9s to Under 12s. Their Free routine on Day one placed them in third and qualified them for the Apparatus Final, where they eventually finished sixth.
Congratulations to everyone on a fantastic set of results!