British Championships 2019
The Arena Birmingham hosted this year British Championships for Trampoline, DMT and Tumbling. It was a great event which showcased some of the best gymnastics the country has to offer. Jumpers took a team of 8 gymnasts to Birmingham, with a total of 3 medalists and 2 gymnasts receiving recognition awards!
The first day of competition was the preliminary rounds for all categories except for the Senior Trampoline group. First up for Jumpers were dynamic duo Holly Keeping and Mabel Reinelt in the 11-12 Women’s DMT. This was Mabel’s first British Championships and she showed her true class at her first ever nationals. The two of them achieved the same total score in the preliminary round. Scoring a grand total of 61.3. These scores put them in a top 8 position, therefore qualifying for Sunday’s final.
Next up was Holly Keeping on the trampoline. Holly performed a solid set routine but sadly a bit of travel on skill 3 in her voluntary routine meant Holly was fighting in the rest of the routine. Holly fought through and finished her routine with confidence. With another 8.2 difficulty score routine under her belt, Holly finished in 9th place, sadly just missing out on Sunday’s final. Holly scored a total of 81.990 over the two routines she competed. This was Holly’s first ever British Championships for Trampoline so she should be extremely pleased with this result!
Louise Brownsey was up next in the Senior Women’s Trampoline event. This was Louise’s first ever Senior British Championships, after winning the World Age Group Championships in 2018 in the 17-21 category. Louise performed two strong routines to give her a total score of 95.5 and qualifying into the finals in 2nd. The senior event’s final took place straight after the preliminary rounds, so no rest for Louise! She competed a strong finals routine to give her a three round score of 145.520. This also gave Louise the silver medal at her first Senior British Championships!
Peter Buravtskiy competed in the 17-21 Men’s category on the Trampoline. He performed two outstanding routines, giving him a total of 104.035. This score gave him the top spot and qualification for Sunday’s final.
Natasha Woodall also competed on the Trampoline, this time in the 17-21 Women’s category. Natasha had a fantastic set, achieving a score of 42.910. Sadly though, Natasha made a slight mistake on skill 10 on her voluntary routine, casting to the side and landing on the side pad. Luckily enough, Natasha’s score was still worthy of making the top 8 and she qualified for Sunday’s final in 8th place.
Rhys Gray was competing in the Senior Men’s DMT Category. Rhys achieved the silver medal at last years British Championships and was looking to replicate or improve his performance from last year. Sadly a mistake in pass one caused him to land on the bungee, causing a substituted dismount from the DMT. Rhys amended his mistakes though and performed an extremely strong second pass to allow him to qualify for Sunday’s final in 8th. Rhys achieved a total score of 59.7 in the preliminary round.
Our second to last competitor was Reece Buck on the DMT in the 17-21 age group. This was Reece’s first nationals and he was looking for glory. A fantastic first pass gave him a score of 33.4, giving him a strong start. Reece then continued his success with a score of 32.4 in his second pass, giving him a total of 65.8.
Finally, our last competitor was Emily Smith on the DMT. Emily competed in the 17-21 Women’s category. Emily absolutely stomped the first pass, achieving the highest score of the whole group on pass one. She achieved a score of 33.4 for pass one. Sadly, a slight mistake in pass two on the spotter skill meant a slightly lower score. Pass two scored 29.8. This gave Emily a tital of 63.2 which was still enough to qualify for Sunday’s final.
With the majority of Jumpers gymnasts qualifying for the finals, it was all to play for. The finals were accumulative from the scores before. This means any score they achieved today would be added to their preliminary score.
First up was Emily Smith in the 17-21 Women’s DMT Final. Sadly a mistake in pass three left her out of contention for a medal, but Emily fought through and made sure she was in the zone for pass four. Emily then stepped up and performed a strong pass four, achieving a score of 31.5. This gave Emily a total score of 117.2 and she achieved 6th place!
Next up was Reece Buck in the 17-21 Men’s DMT Final. Reece had been prepping a brand new pass for this event, which had a triple back dismount. Sadly for Reece, a very slight mistake in pass three meant his dismount from the DMT was not what was hoped for. He achieved a score of 26.7 for this pass. Pass four was the brand new pass. After the mistake in the first pass, Reece knew he had to step up. After a fantastic mount, he lifted beautifully and tucked in and spun the triple back. He exited strong and landed with confidence and the crowd erupted. He scored a huge 35.0 for this pass, scoring the highest scoring pass for his whole group for the whole competition! Sadly due to the mistake in pass three, Reece was out of contention for a medal but he achieved 6th place! Reece achieved a total score of 127.5.
Rhys Gray was up next in the Senior Men’s DMT Final. After a mistake in his prelims, Rhys was determined to show his true class. That is exactly what he did. In pass three, he competed a triple front somersault with a half twist mount. Then followed with a triple back dismount! He landed this beautifully and with confidence, achieving a score of 36.1. He then competed the highest difficulty pass of the whole competition, a 10.0 difficulty for one pass! With a 1.5 penalty on landing, Rhys still achieved a score of 36.8! This gave him a two round total score of 72.9 and a four round score of 132.6! Rhys finished his competition in 5th position.
Our next competitor was Natasha Woodall in the 17-21 Women’s Trampoline event. After a shaky prelims, Natasha was determined to show her true class in the finals. Natasha went on and finished her routine with determination and desire. There were moments of justification and areas of adjustment but Natasha held her nerve and completed the routine. She achieved a score of 48.095 and a total score of 135.255 which landed her 7th place!
Our final competitors were Peter Buravytskiy in the 17-21 Men’s competition, Mabel Reinelt in the 11-12 Women’s DMT and Holly Keeping in the 11-12 Women’s DMT.
Peter was leading the pack in the Trampoline event with a huge score of 104.035. With a strong start to his finals routine, sadly the final skill touched the side mat which gave Peter a deduction. Even with this deduction, he still achieved 2nd place with a score of 154.205!
Mabel Reinelt and Holly Keeping were up in the 11-12 Women’s DMT Event. Both gymnasts produced beautiful passes, showing their true colours. Mabel scored a total of 61.2 in the final 2 passes and a four round score of 122.5. Holly then scored a two pass total score of 61.6, therefore achieving a four round score of 122.9. This score was enough to give Holly a third place medal! A great set of results girls, especially as this was Mabel’s first British Championships!
Peter Buravytskiy was awarded the Paul Luxon award for the 15+ Age Groups. This award is given to the gymnast with the highest execution scores in the preliminary round.
This was also Peter’s last competition for Jumper as he starts a new journey at the University of Sheffield! Peter will be training with Paul Greaves up in Sheffield while he is at University!
Congratulations and good luck Peter!
Rhys Gray was also another award winner. Rhys was awarded an FIG Pin Badge after being recognised for his achievement of making a World Championships Final. Rhys made the Senior Men’s World’s Final in 2018 for DMT.
We would like to thank the judges at the event, especially Martin Laws and Ruth Brownsey.
We’d also like to thank our coaches at the event, James Coomber, Mark Baker, Ollie Reis and Paul Varley.