Bri­tish gym­nasts jump to it

The Week - Junior - - Sport -

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.

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