Following on from their recent outstanding success at the NorthWest Team Championships, confidence was high for Swindon club Esprit Gymnastics at the British Team Championships in Walsall recently.
As usual the girls didn’t disappoint, adding yet more impressive British titles to their growing collection.
Competing against the very best teams from across the UK these elite Swindon athletes worked as a team in individual, Duet, Trio and Group routines, with the scores being combined to ascertain the overall British Team Champions.
Esprit’s youngest gymnasts started proceedings with a wonderful third place for their Group routine and impressive individual third for Katy Coleman. These combined with two other very impressive performances in Duet and Trio ensured a well-deserved 4th overall for team Esprit.
Next up were the club’s successful Juniors, who were led by Esprit’s very own British Champion, Laura Halford. Laura led the impressive charge and her first place in the individual section along with two brilliant firsts for her team in Trio and Group, ensured the overall Team Gold and title of British Junior Team Champions.
In the Seniors, scores were exceptionally tight between the top 3 teams, Birmingham, Esprit and Bath. Esprit’s Gemma Rand won very well deserved second place for her individual routine and these along with second in Duet, second in Trio and first in Group saw a two-way tie between City of Birmingham and Esprit. A countback was required, which saw City of Birmingham’s execution score on the top three results marginally ahead of Esprit’s and they secured the Senior title by the very narrowest of margins.
Esprit coach Deb Hows said, “this was a fantastic competition which showed the girls the value of teamwork and proved what can be achieved when you all work together for the good of the team.
To have the British, English and Welsh National Champion at the club and now the British Junior Team Champions is brilliant, I am very proud of them all, as well as the exceptional coaching team that make results like this possible”.
Espoirs – Jess Steele, Katy Coleman, Stephanie Vitalie-Richardson, Erin Robinson, Neve Prowting, Alyssa Weymouth.
Junior – Ellie Morse, Hannah Curtis, Gabriela Caruso, Lauren Hoard, Maya Lucas, Ashleigh West, Laura Halford.
Senior – Elise Gilbert, April Coombs, Mica Falaki, Gemma Rand, Clarice Saloyadoff.