Monday, 18 March 2013

Espoir Championships

Teal Grindle (above) took the bronze all around medal.
This photo is taken from the Sports Aid 'I will' campaign Teal participated in

The first of the national titles was won this weekend by Georgia-Mae Fenton, at the Espoir British Championships in Ipswich.

Espoir gymnasts are still very young- two years below Junior, two levels below Senior and so their Elite British Championships is separate to this weekend's Junior and Senior Championships. (That and we probably couldn't fit three huge competitions in one day this Saturday... )

They will compete their apparatus Finals on the same day as the Juniors and Seniors however, this Sunday.

As British Gymnastics posted 'The overall winner was the talented and consistent Georgia-Mae Fenton from Europa who recently took the English espoir title. Last year’s champion and team mate Catherine Lyons followed in second despite two falls, showing her incredible depth and ability. Both girls advance to the bars, beam and floor finals in Liverpool next weekend with Catherine finishing top on floor and Georgia top on bars. Fresh back from her Australian adventures, Sapphire’s Teal Grindle took the all-around bronze with strong performances that qualify her for all four apparatus finals, posting the highest score of the day on beam.Qualifying in the other top spot, on the vault, was Phoenix’s Maisie Methuen.'

Competing in such a big arena, and on podium (raised equipment), will be an experience not to forget for Espoir gymnasts especially, where it may be their first time in such an environment.

For the full results, you can click here.

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