Weston aerobic gymnasts excel at British Championships

Weston Aerobic Gymnastics.

Weston Aerobic Gymnastics. - Credit: Archant

Weston Aerobic Gymnastics members competed in the British Championships and many retained their titles won last year.

Weston Aerobic Gymnastics attended the National Aerobic Code & British Aerobic Championships where they dominated the floor in both the national and international categories.

The weekend opened with British Gymnastics showcasing Weston’s own Lola Lawrence and her teammates in their aerobic gymnastics promotion video, Lola and her coach Kat Saunders were featured in several of British Gymnastics videos across the weekend.

In the National Aerobic Code Championships, Weston took home several medals and four national titles.

Results - National Development Individual (male): Devon Howell (gold); Jack Harvey (bronze). Group 1 pair: Mya Mcconnell and Maddy Sherwood-Dawson (gold) with a score that would have won the age group above.


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Group 1 group: Freya Grafton, Lily Duffy, Olivia Damerell, Mya Mcconnell and Maddy Sherwood Dawson (gold), with a pleasing routine and their best score yet of 16.250, well ahead of the silver medalists.

Group 2 individual male: Matt Maynard (silver). Senior Individual Female: Izzy Worrall (gold); Courtney Hewett (bronze) finished her gymnastics career in style with her highest score to date.

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Saturday afternoon saw the start of the Aerobic British Championships for Lola Lawrence and Nancy Law in the Group 1 individual women qualifications, where they showed the crowd why they were chosen to represent the country at World Championships last month as both qualified for the finals in first and second positions respectively.

Next up were Isidora Vucicevic and Xena Hewett in the Group 2 individual women qualifications, both performed well to qualify them into finals in sixth and eighth position in a category of 21.

For the first time ever, BBC Sport were in attendance to live stream the Aerobic British Championship finals. The finals saw several of Weston’s international gymnasts in a battle to defend their titles, including Lola’s three British titles for individual, trio and group.

International Code results - Foundation individual female: Lily-Jean Smith (silver) with the highest execution score in her category. Foundation individual male: Jacob Dean (gold) earned his personal best score.

National Development individual female: Jasmine Dight (silver), scoring exactly the same as first place, a slightly lower execution score meant Jasmine took second.

Group 1 individual female: Lola Lawrence (gold and reigning British champion) with a massive score of 19.850 becoming her new personal best. Nancy Law (silver) with another personal best score of 19.000

Group 1 individual male: Lewis Harvey (gold and reigning British champion) gave a strong performance and another personal best showing his ability ready for Group 2.

Group 1 trio: Lola Lawrence, Molly Brown and Bella Styles (gold and reigning British champions) performed their beautiful dark fairies routine to earn them a score of 19.350.

Group 1 group: Lola Lawrence, Molly Brown, Bella Styles, Nancy Law and Seren Jones (gold reigning British champions) performed a crowd-pleasing routine showing the arena the reason they are ranked second in the world.

Group 2 individual female: Isidora Vicicevic (5th) and Xena Hewett (7th), both gymnasts improved on their qualification rankings.

Senior individual male: Rhys Williams (gold) performed his artistically pleasing routine for the last time, finishing his gymnastics career in style. Rhys has inspired a future generation of male gymnasts during his long career in the sport.

Senior mixed pair: Rhys Williams and Isidora Vucicevic (gold), their personal coach Shea Jones also received an award for producing both senior male and mixed pair routines.

The final award of the British Championships was the coveted British Gymnastics Gymnast of the Year.

This year British Gymnastics could not choose one individual gymnast. For their silver medal success at World Age Group Championships last month, Gymnast of the Year went to Lola Lawrence, Molly Brown, Bella Styles, Nancy Law and Seren Jones.

The BBC Sports reporter summed up their continued success as a team nicely: “together they are stronger than the sum of their parts.”

Weston AGC club manager Deb Saunders said: “For the gymnasts to continue achieving personal bests across all ages and levels is down to the hard work ethic of themselves and the coaches.”

They are now having some downtime and preparing for their annual gala at the Playhouse later this year.

If you wish your child to start their gymnastics journey with this world class club, email wmsportsaerobic1@btinternet.com to arrange a trial, new gymnasts and returning gymnasts most welcome.

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