June 9/10th, GL1 Sports Centre, Gloucester
British Gymnastics are delighted to be bringing top-level junior Artistic gymnastics to Gloucester. This brand new event format will for the first time see the British Espoir (aged 12/13) Champion crowned alongside winners in the Level 2 category.
The Espoir competition is seen as one of the most important age groups as all eyes will be on possible candidates for Olympic success in London 2012. This category has been given its own separate billing away from its usual place in the British Championships, to highlight its importance and give onlookers a chance to focus on the true rising stars of this sport.
The faces to look out for include 2006 Espoir Apparatus Champions Danusia Francis and Nicole Hibbert of Heathrow Gymnastics club, who have been recognised as two of the most promising Olympic hopefuls as their coach Vince Walduck says: “Danusia and Nicole are genuine 2012 Olympic members and I hope that the time, the circumstances and the luck will be with us to help them achieve their dream - to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games!”
Another name to watch out for will be Niamh Rippin a member of the highly regarded 2007 Team Championships winning Notts Team and member of Britain’s Australian Youth Olympic Team who competed in Sydney this year in an Olympic style event for promising youngsters.