Elite Gymnasts from Baskervilles Gymnastics Club were pitted against Olympic Gymnasts this weekend, at the English Artistic Championships in Loughborough. Competing in the Women’s Senior Category, Bree Warren came in 11th place out of a total of 32 gymnasts, in a category which included the likes of Claudia Fragapane and Amy Tinkler. And in the Men’s Senior Category, Harry Wall came 5th on floor against the overall competition winner Sam Oldham, who came 2nd. Harry also placed 8th on pommels, competing against Max Whitlock, Louis Smith, Sam Oldham and Brinn Bevan.
16-year-old Bree Warren fought valiantly in what was her first time taking part in the Senior Category. Her outstanding result of 11th place overall, with Claudia Fragapane winning 1st place, and Amy Tinkler coming in 2nd, was thanks in part to a 4th place on vault, with a brilliant score of 11.775.
11-year-old Kiera Williams also competed for the Girls in the Espoir Category. Placing 52nd, Kiera performed new moves, including a double twist on floor. Kiera was a strong competitor in her first ever English Championships.
Elite Girls’ Coach Emma Baskerville enthused, “I’m so happy and delighted with the girls – fantastic competition. They did an amazing job. Well done to all the team for their hard work and dedication”.
For the boys, 18-year-old Harry Wall fought against Olympic greats, including Max Whitlock and Louis Smith. Harry performed an incredibly tidy floor routine, coming 5th with a score of 13.034 – extremely close to overall competition winner Sam Oldham’s 2nd place floor score of 14.000. And with an 8th place pommels position, Harry held his own in a category filled with Olympic Medal Holders and British Squad members. Harry competed an outstanding pommel routine, up against the greats of the gymnastic world, scoring 12.900.
Also competing for Baskervilles, 15-year-old Alex Weeks came in 18th place in the Under 16 Category, landing 8th place on vault with a score of 12.150, and 11th on pommels, scoring 11.867.
13-year-old Henry Brooker came 26th in the Under 14 Category, scoring a fantastic 12.234 on vault, putting him in 15th place. Henry performed a beautiful floor routine, coming in 4th position, with a score of 13.067.
And 11-year-old Oliver Snook, who competed in the Under 12 Category, came in an admirable 30th place, with a brilliant overall score of 64.150. Oliver came 13th on pommels, scoring 10.400, and 16th on vault, with a score of 11.700. This was the first time Oliver has competed at the English Championships, and has proved a great experience.
Elite Boys’ Coach Levente Molnar-Schondorfer explained, “The boys managed to do their new routines with high difficulty elements included. I was pleased with everybody’s performance. We are looking forward to making even more improvements in future competitions”.