European Championships 2018
Three NTGA members were selected to represent Great Britain at the 26th European Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan from 12-15th April 2018.
The event, which holds junior and senior events simultaneously, welcomes the very best junior European trampoline gymnasts aged 13-17 in one large category for males and females respectively. Providing a different stimulus to age group competitions Abgail Brown and Brodie Hove-Coleman competed in the junior female category whilst Andrew Stamp attended his second European event in the junior male category.
It only took the very first day of competition for the Great Britain boys to replicate their success of two years ago as Andrew Stamp along with team-mates Corey Walkes, Peter Buravitskiy & Zak Perzamanos jumped to a silver medal in the Junior Male Team Event. Finishing behind eventual winners Belarus the British boys held on to their qualification position to finish second with a score of 167.955, ahead of Russia in 3rd.
Individually, sixteen-year-old Andrew scored 102.765 in qualification to take second place which also secured Great Britain a place at the Youth Olympic Games later this year in Buenos Aries, Argentina. With only twelve places available world-wide, five were to be decided at the European Championships, with one place per nation available. Andrew’s second place in qualifying secured Great Britain the second spot at the Games which take place in October and a domestic selection process will now take place to decide the British representative. With the top twenty four progressing to the semi-final Andrew held his second place scoring 57.905 and went on to score 57.125 in the final which secured an individual bronze medal, just behind team-mate Corey Walkes and the eventual winner from Belarus, Ivan Litvinovich. This marks Andrew’s first individual European medal adding to an impressive collection including three World individual medals.
Abigail and Brodie, competing at their first European Championships, were up against a strong field of sixty eight gymnasts in the female category. Brodie (14) progressed to the semi-final in 17th position after scoring 92.10 in qualification. An unfortunate error in the semi-final saw her finish in 24th. Abigail (15) just missed out on progressing to the semi-final, due to the three gymnasts per nation rule. Her score of 91.015 would have been enough to progress but she had to settle for 26th place on this occasion.
NTGA Head Coach Harvey Smith, who joined the Great Britain team in his role as junior national coach said:
“I’m absolutely delighted for Andrew, his performances in Baku have shown just how far he’s come in two years after finishing 9th in 2016. It’s testament to his hard work and fantastic attitude, along with the great support from his family and everyone at home. To win a place for Great Britain at the Youth Olympics is a special accomplishment and something very few people can say they have achieved.
For Abigail and Brodie this event has provided more vital experience in their development as they competed in a wider international field than they have previously. It was a great opportunity to see where they currently sit against Europe’s top trampoline gymnasts and if they continue to work hard I’m sure they will carry on improving.”