On Friday 27th March the Under 16 & 18 Championships took place with Woking’s Jamie Lewis, Lorenzo Carrozzo, Timothy McCarty and Alessandro Avanzi competing for the medals. Jamie performed superbly, still only 14 years of age, competing against gymnasts over a year older clinched the overall Under 16 British Title. A shaky start on the first few apparatus didn’t stop him from scoring 82.9 finishing 2 marks above the impressive 2014 European bronze medallist Joshua Nathan from the City of Birmingham. Jamie also won Gold on Rings, Parallel Bars and High Bar and Silver on Floor and Pommels. Jamie was delighted with his British title saying: “I was very nervous coming in but the atmosphere was amazing which really helped me. I was pleased with pretty much all my routines, there were a few scrappy moments but I managed to pull through so I’m really happy.”
Lorenzo had a few problems on Pommels and Parallel Bars and finished 14th scoring 69.0, Timothy was competing very well until a slip off the Rings saw him finish 15th scoring 68.7. Alessandro competed in his first and last ever British major event and performed very well finishing 11th scoring 69.8 in the Under 18 age group.
On Saturday 28th the very best senior gymnasts in Great Britain competed for the British Title. Woking’s Tom Defina and Bradley McBride were competing in their last ever competition. Both gymnasts have been part of the Boy’s Squad at Woking Gymnastics Club for over 13 years. Tom was performing a lovely routine on Pommels until an unfortunate slip caused him to fall scoring 12.7 finishing 14th. Bradley (and his impressive beard) executed a lovely final High Bar routine scoring 12.65 finishing 15th.
On Sunday 29th the British Masters Championship took place, where the Top 8 gymnasts from all 3 age categories compete to become British Apparatus Master. Jamie Lewis after his impressive performance on the Friday in the Under 16 age group qualified for Pommel and Rings Masters Final. Being only 14 makes this one of the greatest achievement by any junior gymnast in the history of British gymnastics. Competing against seniors the likes of Louis Smith MBE, Max Whitlock, Courtney Tulloch and Youth Olympic Champion Giarnni Regina-Moran Jamie looked in the same class. Jamie performed brilliantly in the Pommel Final with only an error on his dismount finishing 8th scoring 12.775. No 14 year old gymnast had ever qualified for the Rings Master Final and Jamie proved he deserved his place by scoring 13.450 finishing a credible 7th.
Jamie’s success at this year’s British Championship is an unbelievable achievement and everyone at Woking Gymnastics Club are very proud of him.