Mens British Championships 2011

27 09 2011

Photos from the Mens British Gymnastics Championships are now online at

Daniel Keatings on Pommel

Aerobic Nationals 2011

27 09 2011

Covered the Aerobic Gymnastics National Championships for British Gymnastics on Sunday. The event was held at the Rivermeade Sports Centre Reading.
Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading.
From the BG website below:

Farrance and Carter claim senior aerobics titles
Bulmershe gymnasts Chloe Farrance and Jaime Carter are the 2011 British senior FIG Champions.

Action from the Aerobic Nationals 2011

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Womens British Gymnastics Championships Liverpool

9 07 2011

Covering the Women’s British Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool this weekend 9th and 10th July. Some photos now online at

More photos will be added during the weekend.

Hannah Whelan pictured outside the Echo Arena in Liverpool

Laura Edwards pictured during the training day.

Mens British Gymnastics Championships 2010

7 11 2010

Purvis and Hunter share the British title!

Sam Hunter & Courtney Tulloch

Kristian Thomas

Daniel Purvis

Sam Hunter


Daniel Purvis (Southport) and Sam Hunter (Unattached) both scored 86.250 to dramatically share the 2010 Men’s British Senior All-around title.

Arguably the most consistent performers in the historically successful British Team throughout the year; it is a fitting end that they share the title. World and European Floor Bronze medallist Dan Purvis has shown he can handle the pressure in the big competitions but it was Sam Hunter, back from injury in 2010 who had the pressure going into Rings, his last routine where a 14.550 score left him in a dead heat with his British teammate.

Ruslan Panteleymonov of Hinckley also a member of the British Team, competing in his ‘home gym’ took the Bronze with 85.900.

Daniel Purvis: “It’s been an incredible year and this is definitely one of the highlights, I had to pick myself up a bit after the excitement of the World Championships and I’m really happy I could pull out a clean competition and take the title. Me and Sam have battled all year and so to come joint 1st is a fitting end really. 2010 has been great, the Team Silver at the Europeans was maybe the happiest moment as it was for everyone but then the Individual European and World medals were just a dream as was the World All-around, hopefully its something I can repeat next year.”

Sam Hunter: “It’s been a great year for me. I have always had my eye on winning the British title as I felt I had the ability, today went quite well and the fact that it wasn’t perfect shows that the talent is there I think. We have some amazing gymnasts who are all competing at a great standard. I hope to now increase my difficulty before looking ahead to the next European Championships.”

All Around

HUNTER Sam – Unattached 86.250 1
PURVIS Daniel – Southport 86.250 1
PANTELEYMONOV Ruslan – Hinckley 85.900 3
THOMAS Kristian – Earls 85.100 4
FOLWELL Luke – Huntingdon 83.350 5
FIRTH Matthew – City Of Leeds  82.200 6


1 SEAGER Theo – Bury 15.725
1 FOLWELL Luke – Huntingdon  15.725
3 PANTELEYMONOV Ruslan – Hinckley 15.325


1 FERN Samuel – City Of Leeds Gym Club  14.700
2 PANTELEYMONOV Ruslan – Hinckley  14.650
3  HUNTER Sam – Unattached 14.550


1 SMITH Louis – Huntingdon 14.550
2 THOMAS Kristian – Earls  13.800
3 PURVIS Daniel – Southport 13.550

Parallel Bars

1 PANTELEYMONOV Ruslan – Hinckley  14.850
2 HUNTER Sam – Unattached 14.800
3 PURVIS Daniel – Southport  14.650

High Bar

1  SEAGER Theo – Bury 14.200
2 THOMAS Kristian – Earls 14.100
3 HUNTER Sam – Unattached 14.050


1 PANTELEYMONOV Ruslan – Hinckley 15.250
1 PURVIS Daniel – Southport  15.250
3 FOLWELL Luke – Huntingdon  14.800

07/11 – Under 18’s (Junior)

Sam Oldham (Huntingdon) firstly took Europe by storm at the 2010 Junior European Championships, then became a Champion at the Youth Olympics and has now sealed a superb year by being crowned the 2010 British Men’s Junior Champion.

With the final routine of the competition, on Parallel Bar, Sam dismounted to a big smile and 86.500 point to take the All-around title to add to his Junior European All-around crown. In second place was Max Whitlock (South Essex- 85.200) another gymnast who enjoyed his place on the medal rostrum at the European Championships; Ashley Watson (City of Leeds 83.550) took the Bronze.

Sam Oldham: “2010 has been an incredible year for me, capped of by this title. I started of with a few injuries at the beginning of the year and wasn’t even sure I would compete at the Europeans, but I did and it went brilliantly for me, (All Around, Team and High Bar Gold) and gave me the opportunity to compete at the first ever Youth Olympics in Singapore which was an awesome experience (High Bar Gold). The next thing I know I came back to Britain and was selected as reserve for the Senior World Championships Team! I traveled to Rotterdam and got to train on the podium along with the best gymnasts in the World, which was a really good learning experience. Then finally the British Championships title just seals the year, I went clean today on all 6 pieces, the next big challenge for me is to pass my driving test!”

07/11 – Under 16’s (Youth)

Courtney Tulloch (Pegasus) followed his victory at the 2010 UK Schools Games by taking the British Under-16 title in Leicester scoring 79.350.
Dominick Cunningham of Earls took the Silver (77.100) and Thomas Gibbs of Heathrow Bronze (76.100)

Courtney Tulloch: “I’m really pleased with today, last year I came 2nd and to now become British Champion is really amazing. It’s been a great year; I was UK Schools Games Champion and now this. I think I’m learning a lot and particularly how to perform under pressure, which is very important. Looking ahead to next year I want to keep progressing and hopefully make British Teams for Internationals.”

06/11- Under 12’s

Hamish Carter (Notts School) took the Boys Under 12 British title on the first day of competition at the 2010 Men’s British Championships in Leicester his score of 73.650 enough to take top spot ahead of Giarnni Regini-Moran (Waveney -72.950) and Tom Nicolaou (Pipers Vale – 72.850)

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Aerobic Nationals

6 10 2010

Travelled down to the Rivermeade Sports Centre on Sunday to cover the Aerobic National Championships for British Gymnastics .Having said I would never drive for 400 miles in one day and cover a major Championship again! Still leaving at 6.00am on Sunday the traffic down to Reading was light although the rain was torrential. Arrived at 10.50am at the Rivermeade Sports Centre with just 5 minutes to the start of the competition.

The competition was dominated by  the outstanding success of the local Club Bulmershe who swept 13 out of the 16 National titlesfor the year.The remaining three titles in the FIG categories went to Weston AGC.

Chloe Farrance Photo by Alan Edwards

Photo by Alan Edwards

Emily Frost of Heathrow Gymnastics

Kayleigh Silva Photo by Alan Edwards

Laila Ladek of Aero Gym

Laila Ladek of Aero Gym

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