NTGA Members Shine on World Stage

NTGA members have won three World medals at the 2017 World Age Group Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The event, which welcomed the World’s best young gymnasts across Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT, took place from 16-19 November 2017 and was back after a year break due to 2016 being an Olympic year.

Having been selected to represent Great Britain in the 11-12 Male category at his first World event Tyler Cole-Dyer (12yrs) relished the opportunity, competing strong qualification rounds to take an early lead with a score of 95.885. In the zero final and as the last gymnast to compete Tyler bettered his second round score to secure a silver medal for Great Britain with a total of 52.680.

Tyler’s British team-mate Ryan Brown (Up’n’Downs TC) won the individual gold and they then teamed up to be equally impressive in the 11-12 Male Synchronised event, posting 47.70 in qualification, three marks ahead of the Russian pair in 2nd. Tyler & Ryan held their nerve in the final to score 45.90 and become World Age Group Champions.

Andrew Stamp (15yrs), competing at his fourth World Age Group Competition, qualified for his fourth consecutive World final as he scored 103.820 to place 2nd after qualification. In a closely contested final, with less than two marks separating first and sixth, Andrew scored 56.515 to win a silver medal, just 0.5 away from the eventual winner Jeremy Chartier (CAN). This was Andrew’s third consecutive individual junior World medal, after winning bronze in 2014 and silver in 2015.

Making her debut on the World stage, Lois Moseley (12yrs) acquitted herself well in the 11-12 Female event, scoring 90.810 to finish in 12th place in a field of 60 gymnasts. Also representing Great Britain for the first time at a World Age event Abigail Brown (15yrs) scored 92.980 to finish 13th. Abigail was the highest placed British gymnast in what was a very strong 15-16 Female category.

In another strong category, with a field of 80 gymnasts, Brodie Hove-Coleman (14yrs) also finished 13th as she scored 93.910. Brodie, competing in her third World Age Group Competition, was the highest placed British gymnast in a field dominated by Russia & Belarus. An unfortunate second round error for Evie Joseph (14yrs) left her in 70th place. Evie & Brodie then teamed up for the synchronised event and finished in 10th with a total of 43.400.

NTGA Head Coach & Great Britain Coach Harvey Smith said:

“I’m very proud of the gymnasts and delighted for Tyler, winning two World medals at his first event, and also for Andrew, picking up his third World medal overall. They are amazing achievements and very well deserved after the hard work and dedication they have shown. It’s also a proud time for their families who provide a fantastic support and commitment.

Overall the standards have increased again this year and a lot can change in the age groups, particularly with no competition last year due to the Olympics. It’s great to see that the gymnasts are either up there with the best juniors in the World or know what’s required in order to try to bridge the gap to get there.”