After nearly two years without competitions, eight of our Men’s Artistic Squad travelled to the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff to take part in the British Championships.
The weekend began with the Under 16 competition. Joel Ireland competed his Healy on P-Bars for the first time, but mistakes across the other apparatus proved costly as he finished in 39th place. Not long back from injury, it was a similar story for Josh Porter; whilst clearly disappointed with his 24th place finish, he can be proud of a solid H-bar routine and upgraded vault. Sarp Orbay enjoyed a great day amongst a tough field. Despite a fall on P-Bars, Sarp’s improved routines were enough for him to score over 70 for the first time and cement a top 10 finish.
With Saturday morning came the turn of the U18s. Christian Fuoco’s preparation had been hindered by a positive COVID result but he showed great determination to compete across all six apparatus and even found the courage to complete his double back dismount off H-Bar. Christian finished the day in 19th place AA. Also competing was Charlie Rose, nerves got the better of Charlie in the early stages of his Pommel routine but he was able to perform an impressive Flair Magyar. He composed himself for rings, performing a tidy routine with just over a mark in deductions.
The showpiece event of the weekend was the senior competition. With all of the team from Tokyo taking a well-earned break; the door was open to crown a new British Champion. Unfortunately it was not the day Jamie Lewis had hoped for. Whilst he showed flashes of brilliance, a number of errors and falls condemned him down into 9th place. Fraser Griffiths had a mixed day, making mistakes on Pommels and Floor, but going clean on P-bars and Vault. Fraser demonstrated great attitude and team spirit to motivate everyone around him. Tim McCarthy can be pleased with his performances as he bounced back from a fall on P-Bars to perform good routines on Pommels and Vault.
Injuries are unfortunately a part of our sport, and our thoughts are with Rudi Moriano and Jasper Smith-Gordon who had to withdraw before the competition due to injuries sustained in training. Jasper has undergone surgery for a ruptured Achilles and we send him our best wishes as he recovers at University in America. Rudi’s injury was fortunately not as severe and he was able to attend the competition as a spectator. His support throughout the day was very much appreciated. Well done to all the gymnasts and coaches. Full results and videos of the routines are available on the BG score app.