The Women’s British Championships is the most prestigious event on the artistic gymnastics national calendar, taking place from the 22nd-24th March 2013 at Echo Arena in Liverpool.
The championships see the country’s top gymnasts battle for coveted British titles; the showpiece event being the crowning of the new senior all-around champions.
Over the three day event, which includes competition for juniors and seniors, in both the all-around – where gymnasts compete on all pieces of apparatus- and individual apparatus competitions, the crowd will be treated to awe-inspiring displays of strength, suppleness, stamina, coordination and courage.
The battle for senior titles
In the women’s event, 2011 champion and London Olympian Hannah Whelan, who recently captured the English title, will be looking to reclaim the overall crown while attention is sure to be on rising 15-year-old star Gabby Jupp in her first major senior event.
Hannah said “I’m really looking forward to competing again in front of the home crowd and atmosphere which is always great in Liverpool, to have the boys and girls competing together will also really add to the event and be great for the fans. It would be great to reclaim my title but I know there are plenty of younger gymnasts coming up who are threats. I feel good though and will definitely be aiming to impress.”
With Hannah’s Team GB teammates Beth Tweddle and Imogen Cairns taking a break from competitive gymnastics and last year’s all-around champion Rebecca Tunney not defending her title as she recovers from injury, the race for the top spot could be wide open.
Established gymnasts to look out for include Ruby Harrold, Nottingham pair Rebecca Downie and Niamh Rippin along with first year seniors Georgina Hockenhull, Angel Romaeo.
photos Janos Schmidt