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Laura Halford crowned rhythmic gymnastics British champion
Esprit gymnastics club’s Laura Halford is the 20913 senior rhythmic gymnastics British champion after a superb performance at Fenton Manor Sport Complex. In her first year in the senior event Laura dominated the proceedings with consistent routines across the four pieces to score 55.599 for the title ahead of club-mate Stephani Sherlock (54.115) and Jael Gore from City of Canterbury (49.565.
An opening personal best score of 14.950 with the hoop started Laura’s competition off well. Following up with ball and then clubs, her favourite apparatus,s she was well placed going into the final apparatus. With the rope she did have a nervy moment when two knots appeared but she showed great composure to complete the routine well and take the crown.
In the absence of 2012 Olympian and six time British champion Frankie Jones, Laura handled the pressure of expectation with confidence that will no doubt benefit her long term ambitions as she looks ahead to the 2014 Commonwealth Games
Laura said “Going into these Championships I felt a bit of pressure, these are all new routines this year with the new code of points and as I knew that Frankie Jones wouldn’t be competing that added a bit more expectation on me. I’m really really proud to have won it’s something I’ve always dreamt about
This result is important looking ahead to next year’s Commonwealth Games which are a big target for me. Over the summer I'm going to be working really really hard and this has boosted my confidence with some high scores so hopefully I can keep pushing on into 2014”
In the junior competition Tyler Brummit took the title scoring 49.748 with Lauren Brash (43.799) in silver and Anna Kelis (43.331) in bronze.
Earlier in the day Christianna Vitanova was crowned under -12 champion with Chiara Whitefield under -11 winner and Hannah Westerman (disability class 1) Holly Hamill (disability class 2) and Elizabeth Packman (disability junior) also being crowned British champions.