Young gymnasts from Selly Oak’s Revolution Club take gold in British Championships
Written by Tristan Harris on September 23, 2018
COMPETITORS from the Selly Oak-based Revolution Gymnastics Club have taken gold medals at The Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini Trampoline British Championships.
Alicia Field won the Women’s 9-10 and Tumbling 9-10 and Bailey Forbes took the Men’s 11-12 Tumbling title at the event which was held at Arena Birmingham.
Alicia, ten, said: “It feels great to be British Champion.
“It’s been lots and fun and I can’t wait for next year.”
Bailey, also ten, added of his 92.800 score: “It felt perfect to me.
“I really like the dismount of my routine, and today they all went really well.”
There were over 85 competitors from the Midlands in total with competitors including Active8 Trampolining Club and the City of Birmingham Gymnastics Club as well as Revolution.
Ethan and Jessica of Active8 both took home top honours in the Disabilities Performance Trampolining events.
Ethan, 11, said: “It was really good competing in front of all my family.
“The favourite part of my routine has got to be the back somersault, straight and a tuck front with a twist, straight. It definitely wasn’t perfect, but I’m happy.
Jessica, also 11, said: “I’m very happy to have won gold. I love competing in Birmingham because I get to compete in front of all my family.
“I was really happy with how the routine went today, it was nearly perfect.”
Olympic silver medallist Bryony Page also returned to the Second City to take the British title and was full of praise for the Birmingham public for their support throughout the weekend.
“The Birmingham public love gymnastics. It is fantastic to see so many people at the Arena Birmingham this weekend and their support was outstanding.”
An attendance of over 3,000 made this the most successful Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT British Championships.
Bryony led overnight after her first two routines and hers final routine made sure of the title, as she showcased all of her skill for a total score of 159.165 to become British champion for a fourth time.
Page was pushed all the way by Kat Driscoll who was competing in her 22nd successive British Championships. Kat scored 157.380 to take silver, with defending champion Laura Gallagher taking bronze with 154.880.
Page returned to the sport this summer following an ankle injury and said that it was great to be back competing in front of the Birmingham fans.
She said “It feels really good to be back here.
“The event is outstanding and I’m really pleased with my routine.
“It’s great to come back after a few years out and win the title. It’s really special to me, especially in front of a home crowd who’ve been so supportive of me throughout my injury.”
Jane Allen, Chief Executive of British Gymnastics said: “I am thrilled to see so many talented gymnastics performing at such a high-level at the Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini Trampoline British Championships in Birmingham.
“It is great to see so many of the established stars taking part and exciting to see the depth of young talent coming through. The sport has a very bright future and Birmingham has once again staged an outstanding event.”
The next major British Gymnastics event is the Gymnastics World Cup in Birmingham on March 23 2019 where the best nations in the world will take part. Visit www.gymnasticsworldcup.co.uk for more information.