The West Midlands region saw 7 gymnasts selected to represent Great Britain for this year’s Tumbling World Age Group Championships. This in itself is amazing for the region! The event took place in St. Petersburg, Russia between 15th-18th November 2018.
The World Age Group Championships is the junior level of the Tumbling World Championships which took place a week prior. 6 out of 7 West Midlands gymnasts all qualified and competed in the top 8 finals for their relevant age group!
As a country, GBR took 7 medals leading the international medal table, winning 4 world titles and 2 silver medals! We’re proud to say that 3 of those medals were won from our region!
WORLD CHAMPION: Jaydon Paddock / 17-21yrs / City of Birmingham
WORLD CHAMPION: Megan Surman / 17-21yrs / City of Birmingham
World Silver Medal: Bailey Forbes / 11-12yrs / Revolution
World 6th place: Jaeda-Lei Jeffers / 11-12yrs / Revolution
World 6th place: Mia Bevan / 13-14yrs / City of Birmingham
World 8th place: Marcus Adams / 13-14yrs / City of Birmingham
World 10th place: Amy Campbell / 15-16yrs / Revolution
Jaydon Paddock – World Champion Gold Medallist (17-21yrs)
Jaydon pictured right with personal coach Chris Porter, who was selected as a GBR coach for this event! Jaydon qualified into the finals in top spot and had a very tough field of competitors to beat in order to retain his qualifying position in the final. Jaydon performed an amazing run of full-full straight transition with a miller dismount (triple twisting double straight)!
Megan Surman – World Champion Gold Medallist (17-21yrs)
Megan pictured left on the medal podium with GBR teammate, silver medallist Aimee Antonious (Andover GC) and bronze medallist from France. Megan qualified into the finals in 3rd place, so had the anxious wait of 2 more competitors after her performance in the finals to see if her score would be enough to climb up the leader board….and she did! In to 1st place! Megan’s final run was a double straight with a double straight transition with a double pike pike kick-out dismount.
Bailey Forbes – World Silver Medallist (11-12yrs)
Bailey pictured right on the medal podium with GBR teammate, world champion Madon Tudgay (Derby) and bronze medallist from Russia. Having only just turned 11yrs, Bailey is one of the youngest boys in the whole competition. He qualified in 3rd place, like Megan; he had the anxious wait of 2 more gymnasts after his performance in the finals to see if he could climb up the leader board. Bailey’s final pass of 5 whips, flick, to a full in pike dismount held the highest difficulty value for a single skill in the finals and this scored well to clinch a world silver medal! An amazing achievement for our youngsters first ever World Age Championships and a first world medal for his club; Revolution!
Mia Bevan – World 6th Place (13-14yrs)
This was Mia’s first ever world age championships, to qualify into the final top 8 in 4th place is phenomenal. Mia performed a final pass of 5 whips, flick, double straight dismount to place 6th in the world overall! Well done Mia!
Jaeda-Lei Jeffers – World 6th Place (11-12yrs)
This was also Jaeda-Lei’s first ever world age championships. Jaeda-Lei performed really well in the preliminary round and qualified in to the finals in 3rd place! She was the youngest competitor in her final. Jaeda-Lei performed a final run of 5 whips, flick full-in pike, to place 6th in the world overall. Well done Jaeda.
Marcus Adams – World 8th Place (15-16yrs)
This was Marcus’ first ever world age championships and to qualify into to the final top 8 in 7th place is phenomenal. Marcus performed a final pass of double straight transition to a triple tuck dismount, which holds extreme difficulty! With a very unfortunate hand touch on landing, Marcus placed 8th in the world overall, which is still an outstanding achievement! Well done Marcus!
Amy Campbell – Worlds 10th Place (15-16yrs)
Amy competed in the 15-16yrs age category just missing out on a spot in the finals. This is Amy’s 2nd world age championships having last competed 4 years ago in the 11-12yrs group. Well done Amy!
Well done gymnasts, clubs, personal coaches! A fantastic set of results and contribution to the Great Britain team. Hopefully in the future years to come, we will see even more regional representation at this event and from more clubs! Well done West Midlands Tumbling for an extremely successful 2018!