The UK Gymnastics Championships 2017 are a record-breaking success…
Merseyside was celebrating a record breaking event following the success of the 2017 British Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool. It drew the Echo Arena’s largest ever crowd with packed houses on both the Saturday and Sunday.
The crowd certainly weren’t disappointed following a dazzling array of performances from UK elite gymnasts including Joe Fraser from the City of Birmingham, winner of the men’s title, and Olympian Ellie Downie, who lifted the women’s crown.
Head Turning Performances
Ellie featured on our website before the event having told the public her new routine would turn heads, was true to her word. The judge’s heads were turned as well however, after witnessing a superb display of athleticism and artistry. This included a double twisting double back somersault on the floor.
Youth Olympic Champion Joe, 18, had spectators agog with a scintillating performance in his high-bar routine. He told the assembled media: “I’m speechless. It’s unbelievable. It’s not something I came into this competition expecting. I just wanted to try my new elements and see how they were on the stage and see how I could perform them. I started on rings and tried a new strength element. I was quite nervous for that but rings went well. I had a little mistake on parallel bars but I managed to compose myself for the high bar routine. Floor went well, and then pommel, I was nervous because I knew what I could do if it all went to plan. I was nervous, but I managed to say on, so I’m so happy.”
Future Talent Showcased
James Hall from Pegasus and Dominick Cunningham from Birmingham shared a silver to demonstrate what great talent we can look forward to in the future, as cycles evolve. Finishing in 4th was Sam Oldham from Notts, with William Trood and Gabriel Hannah from Loughborough taking the next two places.
In fact, Loughborough was the only university taking part in the competition. Southport can feel very proud of Frank Baines, who won the floor title, with Courtney Tulloch from Swansea winning the rings.
Highlights from UK Gymnastics Championships 2017…
Returning to the women’s highlights, Maisie Methuen from Phoenix and Alice Kinsella took a joint silver away from the event. Alice won the crowd’s hearts with a stunning beam routine, including a solid free cartwheel layout, with Maisie ever the reliable performer on the vault.
Georgina Mae Fenton from East London was simply sensational on the bars, clearly looking one to watch for the future. Overall, the championships featured a number of competitions, including the junior women, junior men in both two categories, senior all-around, apparatus finals, senior women, junior women and both men and women disability gymnastics.
Not forgetting the masters finals for the men.
Thanks must go to the people of Liverpool for making everyone feel so welcome, but the last word should stay with Jane Allen, British Gymnastics CEO who said:
“It was another fantastic event and we’re thankful to the wonderful Echo Arena in Liverpool for hosting us once again. Congratulations to everyone who took part and contributed to the event’s success, and we must say a very big thank you to the record crowd who cheered on our British stars and created such a brilliant atmosphere. We enjoyed seeing our Olympians returning to the sport and performing for the crowd and it was particularly exciting to see some of our younger gymnasts doing so well. They rose to the occasion nurtured by their clubs, coaches and our high-performance system which is focused on ensuring sustainable results. It was a fantastic opportunity for the juniors to shine and start to challenge the more established seniors as they begin to return to competition in this next cycle. The journey to Tokyo has now begun.”
All eyes are now firmly fixed on this new cycle, though it seems UK gymnastics is getting stronger with each passing year.