Nov 17, 2007, 23:08
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Said Vicky Howkins, Jones’ personal coach: “Francesca competes with more confidence now and her technique with the apparatus has obviously improved. Her body skills work with some of the apparatus today was exceptional. In Great Britain we are fairly strict on our judging, therefore I was very happy to see her high winning total score of 59.983.”
The challenge for the Junior title between the defending Champion Francesca Fox (City of Bath) and Rachel Smith (City of Coventry) was much hotter, with Fox snatching the victory with her last performance, (with Ribbon). The Bronze medal went to Jade Faulkner (Esprit).
“It is fantastic!” said Fox’s personal coach Sarah Binding. “Francesca never won the British title when she was younger, coming through the age groups and now winning the Junior title for the second time is extraordinary. We have been training very, very hard, with lots of conditioning and lots of work on getting the difficulties more correct. Next year she will compete as a Senior and we have to work even harder.”
The new British Champions in the other age groups are as follows:
Under 9- Gabriela Caruso (Esprit)
Under 10-Nikara Jenkins (Llanelli, Wales)
Under 11- Laura Halford (Esprit)
Under 12-Amy Stewart (Beacon)
Under 13- Lynne Hatchison (City of Bath)
“In these lower age groups and particularly in U11 and U12 is where our potential lies and where the gymnasts show the biggest promise”, said Joan Black, the Chair of the RG Technical Committee.
Most evident progress in the All-around event of these Championships was demonstrated by the gymnasts of Esprit, City of Bath and Beacon.The Championships continues on Sunday, 18 November with Apparatus Finals for all levels.
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