British Championships 2018
The 2018 Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT British Championships took place at Arena Birmingham, on 22-23rd September 2018.
Having gained qualification earlier this year 10 NTGA members were amongst over 400 gymnasts representing 80 clubs from across the UK took, competing in front of a crowd of over 3,500 at the pinnacle event of the domestic calendar.
14-year-old Brodie Hove-Coleman stole the show as she jumped to victory with a thrilling win in the 15-16 Female category to become individual British Champion for the third time in her career. Brodie, who joined NTGA as a 3-year-old pre-school member, registered 94.90 after two rounds to take an overnight lead in to the finals. Competing last in the final Brodie held her nerve to score 50.46 making her three round total 145.360 and securing the gold medal, adding to her previous titles of British Champion at 11-12 years and 13-14 years.
Tyler Cole-Dyer’s impressive final round performance secured him a silver medal in the 13-14 Male category. Despite an unconventional finish to his second round routine 13-year-old Tyler found himself in third place after qualification and managed to gain a place in the final round by scoring 53.365, over 3 marks ahead of his nearest rival. Tyler finished with a three round total of 146.210, just 0.05 away from the gold medal position which went to synchro partner Ryan Brown (Up n Downs TC). The boys did team up in the synchronised event to retain their title as British Champions.
In a strong 17-21 Male category 18-year-old Ross Tait performed to a consistently high standard across three rounds to come away with a bronze medal. Ross’ best routine came in the second round as he scored 54.665 on his way to a three round total of 153.630, matching the third place he secured last year at the 2017 Championships. Josh Jones (17-years-old) closely followed in 4th place as he scored a total of 152.525 just missing out on a podium finish.
In the 11-12 Female category NTGA had two finalists as Ellie Vassel (12-years-old), returning to competition after a year out with injury, and Freya Newcombe (12-years-old), competing at her first British Championships, secured qualification in 2nd and 5th respectively. Unfortunate errors for both girls in their final round left them out of medal contention, with Ellie finishing 5th and Freya finishing 8th. Elsewhere India Farrar finished 11th and Emily Chapman finished in 13th after qualifications.
A first round error for Evie Joseph left her out of medal contention in the 15-16 Female category however she bounced back with a strong second round score of 50.49. There was also an error for Andrew Stamp in the second round of the 17-21 Male, despite an impressive first round routine which scored 46.590.
Congratulations to all the members and their families on representing NTGA at the British Championships. Thank you to the coaching support from Harvey Smith, Jack Blencowe and Lawrence Breslin and to all the judges and volunteer officials, which from NTGA included Clive Morgan, Terrie Jones, Mandy Daybles and Glyn Dickinson. Special thanks also to the NTGA supporters, of which over 100 attended across the weekend.
Some of our members will now wait to see if they have done enough to be selected for the World Age Group Championships which take place in St. Petersburg, Russia in November and Andrew Stamp will travel to represent Team GB at the Buenos Aries Youth Olympic Games in Argentina next month.
(We would like to thank our main kit sponsor Euro Scaffolding, along with a kind donation from Community Foods Ltd and also donations from Touchstone Projects Ltd, Travis Perkins & Central Finishing Ltd for their generous support enabling NTGA members to have completely new kit for this event).