British gymnasts jump to it
On 23 and 24 September at the Liverpool Echo Arena, hundreds of gymnasts had a big spring in their step. That’s because they competed at the Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT (double mini trampoline) British Championships.
Male and female gymnasts as young as nine performed flips and jumps in the three separate sports across different age categories. There were events for athletes with physical and learning disabilities and those who have difficulty seeing or hearing.
Luke Strong, from Liverpool, won the senior men’s trampoline competition for the third time, while the senior women’s trampoline title was taken by Laura Gallagher from Somerset. Lucie Coleback and Greg Townley finished first in the senior women’s and men’s tumbling categories. Benjamin Atkins and Kirsty Way took winners’ medals in the DMT class.
There were 46 events in total over the weekend, including synchronised trampolining. This is where gymnasts jump on separate trampolines as they perform the same routine at the same time.
The competitions were also trials for gymnasts aiming to be picked for Team GB at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, which will be held in
Canada next month.
Laura Gallagher came first in the trampoline event.
Greg Townley was tops for tumbling.