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20 March 2015

English Championships

Dynamo School of Gymnastics, based at the Hamble Community Sports College, travelled to Loughborough University to take part in the English Championships last weekend, along with their coaches Keith & Debbie Richardson, Kerri Upton, Emma Beales and Nathan Kitcher.

Day 1 of the Championships saw the Espoir girls and boys take part. The girls took part against almost 60 competitors from across England. With all the girls putting out new elements, the girls held there own and took a step forwards in there preparation for the Challenge Cup later this year.

Tayah Askham, a student at St. Anne’s School, scored 40.55 placing 45th, Olivia Essex, a student at Thornden School, finished in 47th with 40.10, Leah Mitchell, a student at Bitterne Park School, finished in 48th with 39.80 and Ella Beattie-Edwards, a student at Hamble Community Sports College, finished in 51st with 35.65. Unfortunately team mate Sydney Letchford, a student at Wildern School, was unable to compete due to illness. Lyle Harry, a student at Henry Cort Community College, took part in the Boys competition, putting out new skills on each piece. Lyle finished in 32nd with 52.30. Unfortunately Lyle injured his knee in warm up on floor and was unable to compete that apparatus, but showed true sportsmanship and courage to finish the remaining apparatus.

Day 2 was the turn of Dynamo’s senior girls. Kelly Simm, a student at Southampton Solent University had a fantastic competition and despite a fall on beam finished in 3rd overall after competing her new elements and combinations, including a Tkatchev to Tkatchev linked on Bars, a combination never seen in women’s gymnastics. Kelly also competed a full-in back out off beam, a skill only performed by the current World Champion. At the conclusion of the competition, Kelly was crowned the English floor champion, and placed 2nd on Vault, after competing her new Vault. The English Championships also counted as a trial event for Kelly, for the upcoming European Championships. The competition is due to be held next month in Montpellier, France.

Competing alongside Kelly, first year Senior gymnast, Danielle Barnes, head girl at Sholing Technology College, stepped up to the occasion finishing a very credible 17th overall. Danielle competed new skills on all apparatus to finish with an overall score of 44.95, and placed 4th on Vault in the individual apparatus competition.

Day 3 saw the Junior girls compete. Amy Layzell, a student at Kings’ School, finished 31st with an all around score of 42.45, after completing a clean competition. Team mate Casey Spry, a student at Henry Cort Community College, finished with 39.20 in 36th, after putting out a new bar routine. The girls put in very credible performances in there first Junior event.

Head Coach Debbie Richardson said of the weekends results, “All the gymnasts show that they have moved forward in the new competition season with some upgrades in there routines. Now they can look forward to performing some world class elements in the Challenge Cup and continuing to work towards selection for the British Squad. Simm is established in the top 3, and is hoping for selection for the European Championships in April and ultimately be part of the Team for the World Championships in Glasgow.”


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