The GBR1 Women’s Group of Jennie Miller, Katherine Smith and Emma Waiters literally snatched the Silver medal, by a mere 0.030pts from the Ukraine who had to be content with the Bronze at the World Championships in Wrozlaw, Poland.
Our Trio entered the Final with an increased Difficulty Tariff compared to the Qualifications (9.970) and presented a level of Execution described by Matei Todorov (BG Technical Director for Acrobatic Gymnastics), as “near perfect”.
“The most rewarding thing here is to hear that all around us people are now talking about “The British School in Acrobatic Gymnastics”. It is a joy to see all our athletes fight with courage and inspiration to defend their star-image. Hopefully we have a good day tomorrow (Sunday, 18 July), with our Men’s Pair and Group’s performances in the Combined routine, and then, hopefully in the Finals”, concluded Matei Todorov.
1. Russia1 - 28.650
2. Great Britain1 - 28.320
3. Ukraine- 28.290
4. Belgium- 28.152
5. France1 - 27.754
6. Poland- 27.400
7. Spain- 26.470
8. Hungary- 26.430
The Silver medallists Miller, Smith and Waiters, as well as the Men’s Pair Fordyce/Upcott and Men’s Four Buckingham/McAssey/Uttley/Stranks are all representing Heathrow Gym Club and are coached by Neil Griffiths.
Neil was the 1998 World Champion in the Mixed Pairs along with his partner Rebecca Law and is in fact the key figure in the recent mind-blowing success of Spelbound in the popular TV Show “Britain Has Got Talent”.