The Senior Mixed Team defend their title at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, for the 3rd year in a row against worthy opponents in Crewe & Nantwich (the 2015 champions).
13 gymnast from Bracknell Gymnastics Club excel at the GB selection event to make the 2018 British Team for the European TeamGym Championships in Lisbon, Portugal.
Thanks to A Different Blue Photo for the group portrait.
Two weeks to go to the British Championship Series in Liverpool Echo Arena. At the event British Gymnastics will be honouring some of the gymnasts who have represented GBR 🇬🇧 at the highest international senior level. One of our own Directors - Alex Smith is among the honours list. Alex represented GBR in 2006 in Ostrava, Czech Republic 🇨🇿, 2010 in Malmo, Sweden 🇸🇪, and 2012 in Aarhus, Denmark 🇩🇰. Today this is the criteria for Master Gymnast. Alex was also British TeamGym Champion in 2009, 2010 and 2012. During his career Alex had retired at least twice (so far 😉) - Gymnasts never die - they just take a little longer to full in 😂
Alex was also part of the TV show - Let's get gold, where he also acted as the spokesperson for the team during their TV spot. Consequently we now try to use Alex for announcing when ever we can 😂
Congratulations Alex - this award is all about recognising those that got TeamGym to where it is today. You've been an important part of that journey and the history of GB's success.
A big thank you to everyone who came and supported our biggest ever Summer Micro TeamGym Competition yesterday. The event ran from 9am to 9pm with 64 teams competing throughout the day. This was 10 teams more than ever before in what was a very hot and fast paced competition. Sadly we could not accommodate all of the teams who wanted to enter (having to turn away 20 teams 🙁).
Very proud of all of our volunteers, coaches and gymnasts who were part of the event. Many of the helpers spent the 12 hours darting between various roles (announcing, coaching, competing, moving equipment, judging, presenting awards etc).
The Robins came 5th and 6th in the L4 girls group which was a very close and competitive section. There was only 0.3 between the girls in 5th place and the winning team.
The senior competition saw many of the young men who had been there for 11 hours coaching the younger gymnasts suit up for their own competition. Our seniors had to contend with the mightly men's team from Hawth. Although out gunned on difficulty, the Bracknell men excelled on execution to win the day, finishing with the highest scores of the day on both tumbling and trampette.
The Bracknell Gymnastics Squads are now focusing their training for the upcoming British Championships in Liverpool at the end of the month.
Bracknell Gymnastics Club continues to go from strength to strength as their Senior Men’s team have won the 2016 Get Berkshire Active Team Performance of the Year award.
The team enjoyed a haul of success over the past year, winning the Senior Men’s gold medal at the TeamGym British Championships in Liverpool, while six of the team also represented Great Britain at the European Championships in Slovenia.
BGC Managing director Dr Peter Tranckle said: “We are very proud of our Senior Men’s team. They are good ambassadors for the sport and great role models for the local community.”
At the TeamGym Europeans, three of the team competed for GB Senior Men, who broke the British record for trampette, and three competed for the Senior Mixed, who set a new overall GB high score in what proved to be the UK’s most successful European Championships to date. “The success has been contagious and we are seeing a wealth of people and organisations getting behind this exciting sport.” Tranckle added.
Connor Wharram was also nominated for the Sports Personality of the Year award, however lost out to Paracanoeist Jeanette Chippington. The 19-year-old, who became the first gymnast to compete triple somersaults for GB, said: “Despite only being a runner up, being nominated for the Sports Personality is still a huge honour.”
He added: “Not many people are compared to Paralympic gold medal winners, that in itself is incredible, and more than enough for me.”
TeamGym consists of floor, tumbling and trampette routines. In 2016, Bracknell sent 12 gymnasts to the Europeans (the most of any club in the country), with six of the Junior Women’s team also travelling to Slovenia. The girls, who won the British title in their category, were also nominated for the award, however didn’t make the final shortlist.
The team will now be preparing for the Southern Qualifiers in March, and eventually working towards the British Championships at the end of July.
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