British Gymnastics is delighted to announce the Women’s Artistic gymnasts selected to take part in the 42nd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, 16-24 October, Rotterdam.
Heading the Teams will be World Floor Champion and European Floor and A. Bars Champion Beth Tweddle.
British Gymnastics Olympic Performance Director Tim Jones: “We have two significant events coming up with the World Championships and Commonwealth Games, and are delighted to be in a such a positive position whereby Britain will have very strong Teams in Rotterdam, whilst the Home Nations have also been in a position to pick high-quality Teams for the Commonwealth Games. This is a clear reflection of the strength in depth of the Women’s programmes British Gymnastics have in place. The results in Rotterdam are very important in the lead up to London 2012 and the remainder of the Olympic qualification process.”
Following their 2010 European Championship Team Silver, the Women’s Team includes British Champion Hannah Whelan and Becky Downie who finished a British record 12th place All-around in Beijing. Joining these established Senior performers are Danusia Francis, Jennifer Pinches and Nicole Hibbert.
British Gymnastics Women's Technical Director, Adrian Stan: “We are fortunate to have great strength in depth, and backed up by a good medical service and programme, the gymnasts are in very good physical shape and we look forward to positive results in Rotterdam. The World Championships and Commonwealth Games being so close has created a strategic situation and we are confident that the Teams selected for both events will be capable of good results.”
The 2010 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships will be held at the Ahoy arena in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from Saturday, 16th October to Sunday, 24th October. The Championships mark the first key step on the journey to the London 2010 Olympic Games. Only the top 24 Women’s teams in Rotterdam will proceed further to the second round of the Olympic Qualifications, in Tokyo (JPN) at the 2011 World Championships.
According to the Drawing of Lots held on Saturday, 24 July, the British Women’s Team will enter Competition 1 as part of Subdivision 6 (out of 12), along with the teams of Russia, France and Sweden.
photos Janos Schmidt