Mens European Gymnastics Championships Montpelier France

23 05 2012

Will be covering the Mens European Gymnastics Championships in Montpelier France. Photos can be viewed at http://www.f2images-photolibrary.co.uk

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From the 21st-27th May Europe’s best gymnasts gather in Montpellier (FRA) for the 2012 men’s artistic European Championships. There are about 309 gymnasts expected to compete.
The competition will run in the Park&Suites Arena. The program includes qualifying events, individual apparatus and team finals in both the juniors and seniors divisions as well as an all-around junior competition.The European Championships is the last major event before the London 2012 Olympics Games.

Event schedule 
Wednesday, May 23rd – Junior qualifications
Thursday, May 24th – Senior qualifications
Friday, May 25th – Junior individual final
Saturday, May 26th – Senior team final
Sunday, May 27th – Junior and senior apparatus finals

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Womens European Gymnastics Championships Brussels 2012

23 05 2012

Covered this event for BG at Brussels Expo. Photos now online for Editorial Use at     http://www.f2images-photolibrary.co.uk

Catalina Ponar of Romania performing on floor. Photo Alan Edwards

Team results
Romania – 176.288
Russia – 175.536
Italy – 171.430
Great Britain – 167.763
France – 164.295
Belgium – 163.821
Spain – 163.522
Germany – 160.497




Sports Acro Nationals Sunday 25.3.12

9 04 2012

Covered this event for British Gymnastics. Photos now online at   http://bit.ly/GQHcMC

From BG website2012 British ACRO Championships: GB ready for Worlds PDF Print E-mail
aaaaaaaaaacroThe two-day British Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships (24/25 March 2012) at the Fenton Manor Sport Complex in Stoke-on-Trent, proved to be an outstanding display of talent and a good level of preparation for those selected to represent the country at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Buena Vista, USA, in April.

In three of the disciplines the defending senior champions kept their titles, while in the other two (women’s group and mixed pair) there are new title-holders- from South Tyneside (WG) and Wakefield (MxP).
Women’s Pair:       Baker, Spalding (Heathrow)
Men’s Pair:            McAssey, Upcott (Heathrow)
Men’s Group:         Hurst, Walker, Evison, Heskett (Deerness)
Women’s Group:    Gamnlin, Harrington, Spence (South Tyneside)
Mixed Pair:            McCarthy, McGreevy (Wakefield)

Photos by Alan Edwards       http://www.f2images.co.uk





English Gymnastics Championships 2012

6 03 2012

Covered this event for British Gymnastics at the weekend. It was held at the Europa Gymnastics Centre in London. Great venue 12 apparatus pieces working at the same time.

Photos online at http://bit.ly/Ar6CsP

Kristian Thomas and Jennifer Pinches English Champions 2012

Report from British Gymnastics below:

On the 2nd-4th March, the women’s and men’s artistic English Championships took place at the new Europa centre in Kent. One of the first major competitions in the artistic calendar, the championships saw many big names fighting for the various titles up for grabs.

Women

In the senior women’s category, Jennifer Pinches from the City of Liverpool took the title ahead of : Francis in silver and Niamh Rippin from Notts in bronze. Beth Tweddle MBE only competed on the bars but produced an almost flawless performance to score 15.9 and take the apparatus title.

In the junior competition Gabby Jupp from Sapphire comfortably took gold, with impressive scores on the vault, beam and floor. Charlie Fellowsfrom Sandbach took the silver with Katy Bramley from Notts in bronze.

Tyesha Mattis of East London took the espoir title with a huge score of 52.5, ahead of the younger of the Downie sisters, Ellie Downie and Amy Tinkler from South Durham in the bronze.

Men

In the men’s senior competition, Kristian Thomas took the top spot with South Essex team mates Max Whitlock and Reiss Beckford in second and third respectively. Louis Smith took the pommel horse title with 15.400.

In the men’s Senior B category, Frank Baines was crowned the champion, with Brinn Bevan from South Essex taking the junior title and Donell Osbourne from Earls taking the boys.





Olympic Festival Event Echo Arena 22.1.12

24 01 2012

Covered this event at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Sunday. Photos online to view and purchase at    http://bit.ly/zyP7hW

Children enjoy the Olympic Festival at the Liverpool Echo Arena Sunday 22.1.12





The University of Liverpool Management School Graduation

17 12 2011

The University of Liverpool Management School Graduation photos are now online. The photos can be found at  www.alanedwardsphotography.com

Management School Graduation





GB Women’s Team 5th at the World Championships Tokyo 2012

12 10 2011

Report from the British Gymnastics Media Team in Tokyo. This report is from  British Gymnastics

1/10 Tokyo: The British girls produced a superb, near faultless display in the women’s team final at the 2011 artistic gymnastics World Championships to finish in 5th place – the best team result ever.

Every girl contributed to the team scores with Beth Tweddle producing one of the routines of the championships to score 15.66 on bars. The team of Beth, Jenni Pinches, Danusia Francis, Rebecca Downie, Hannah Whelan and Imogen Cairns combined to score 169.670 and 5th place ahead of Germany, Japan and Australia. USA took the title well clear of Russia with China in Bronze.

 

The British girls began their event on the floor with clean performances all round by Imogen Cairns, Hannah Whelan and Beth Tweddle getting the team of to a great start. The form continued on vault with Imogen scoring a 14.133 to lead the team along.

With cheers all around the arena for the ongoing battle between USA and Russia, the British girls moved onto bars, Becky Downie following up her great qualification routine with another superb performance and 14.433. The attention of the arena then turned to Beth Tweddle and she didn’t disappoint a near perfect routine and the biggest cheer of the whole week for her 15.666.

The girls were looking good with just the nerve-wracking beam to go. Jenni Pinches up first, her only routine of the day and she nailed it, Danusia Francis then took the pressure for a beautiful routine leaving Hannah Whelan, the team’s most consistent all-around gymnast up last. Hannah completed the clean beam round for GBR to give the team 169.670 and 5th place.
Hannah Whelan can now look forward to Thursdays all-around final with Beth Tweddle set to compete in the floor final on Sunday.

Hannah Whelan: “It’s amazing, after reaching the top 8 in qualifying and getting the team to 2012 which was are number one aim, we knew we could just go out and enjoy the final and we definitely did that. Every girl did there bit for the team, even Laura Edwards the reserve cheering us on, so as a group we are really happy and proud. Looking ahead to the all-around it’s a similar situation as I can go out there with nothing to lose and have fun and see where that gets me so I’m really looking forward to it!”

Beth Tweddle: “It was an amazing competition, the team spirit was nice and calm. We had all the pressure in qualification and today we could enjoy it having done the hard work which we have spent the last 6 weeks putting in. The bars routine was really great, it was for myself in many ways as I wanted to prove a point in a way and it’s the best routine I’ve done since being here and I’m very happy to produce that for my coach Amanda. Looking to floor I’m really excited, I’m feeling good, and have no pressure so I can’t wait!”

Results
1 USA 179.411
2 RUS 175.329
3 CHN 172.820
4 ROU 172.412
5 GBR 169.670
6 GER 168.479
7 JPN 167.122
8 AUS 166.739

GBR scores
Floor – Cairns 13.700, Whelan 13.600, Tweddle 14.533
Vault – Francis 13.566, Whelan 13.966, Cairns 14.133
Bars – Whelan 13.466, Downie 14.433, Tweddle 15.666
Beam – Pinches 13.833, Francis 14.141, Whelan 14.633

GB Women's Squad pictured at Lilleshall