The British delegation at the 6th World Age Group Championships in Acrobatic Gymnastics in Wrozlaw, Poland are celebrating their remarkable success - a total of 7 medals (2 Gold and 5 Silver) in the 11- 16 and 12-19 Age groups.
Matei Todorov, Technical Director of British Acrobatic Gymnastics: “This was the strongest and toughest Age Group Championships ever staged so far! 22 countries won medals in Wrozlaw- this fact should tell us something about the growing popularity of our sport and the increasing number of well prepared challengers. It is most rewarding to see how well our young competitors have done under enormous pressure. Congratulations to them and to all clubs and coaches who have helped them to get where they are! We are now looking forward to the Senior World Championships which will open on Thursday and end on Sunday, 17 July.”
GBR achievements and short comments from the HOD Judy Wootton:
12-19 Age Group: 2 Silver & two 4th places
Mixed Pair - Silver - Christopher Cranfield & Kimberley Hunter (Heathrow, coached by Neil Griffiths). They were very polished, securing the Silver behind Ukraine and ahead of Kazakhstan. Russia had to be content with 4th place - an unfamiliar position for them!
Men’s Pair- Silver - Alex Houston & Timothy Pritchard (Deerness Valley Gym Club, Karl Wharton) came second to Russia. They presented a very good routine after a mistake in the preliminaries.
Women’s Pair - 4th place - Jasmine Danby & Chelsea Fisher (Deerness Valley Gym Club, Stuart Thompson), made no significant errors in their combined routine, but did not impress the judges, finishing in 4th place.
Women's Group - 4th place- Leighanne Cowler, Lauren Kemp & Hollianne Wood (Heathrow, Neil Griffiths) did well but despite having an excellent combined routine were fourth behind Belarus, Belgium and Russia. The standard in the top 4 was superb, with only 0.1 separating places 2,3,& 4. Of course our girls were disappointed - they were as good as those who took medals home, but the judges made their decision!
Great Britain did not have a 12-19 Men’s Group in Wrozlaw.
11-16 Age Group: 2 Gold & 3 Silver medals
Men’s Pair - Gold - Christopher Childs & Jake Underdown (King Edmund Acro Gym, coached by Nicola Thorne) Fantastic results for Great Britain! Our boys' amusing quirky style brought rhythmic clapping from the entire audience, and Jake and Chris really rose to the occasion. A mistake by their Russian rivals meant that they had won the gold medal with points to spare!
Mixed Pair - Gold- Connor Bartlett & Millie Spalding (Harefield Gymnastics Academy, Kerry Llewellyn). The auditorium silenced, as everyone focussed on our Mixed Pair spellbinding routine! To see such young performers with such great self-confidence and control was truly awesome. They really earned their medal.Women’s Group - Silver- Rebecca Evans, Fran Groves & Freya Clempson (Oxford School of Gymnastics, coached by Caroline Day) had a tough competition but held their nerve to claim the Silver medal.
photos Janos Schmidt