10th March 2018 - Alex Barnes & Talia Jones

British all-around champion Kelly Simm - Photo by: British Gymnastics / @BritGymnastics (Twitter)

Hamble's Kelly Simm is the 2018 British all-around champion after an excellent performance at the Echo Arena in Liverpool today. 

A total of 53.400 was enough to see Simm crowned as champion ahead of silver medalist Amy Tinkler and Charlie Fellows, who completes her final competition as a gymnast with a bronze. 

Tinkler was off to a flying start on the floor routine and nailed the highest rated skill in women's gymnastics, a double twisting double straight somersault to earn a score of 14.050, whilst Simm trailed with the 11th best score for the floor routine, a 12.900.

Simm soon started to move up the order with a 14.050 on the vault, the third best score after Lucy Stanhope and Alice Kinsella, before she recorded the second highest score for the uneven bars with 13.450. 

With none of the gymnast's able to really dominate the competition, the title would be decided on consistency. For the fourth element, the beam, Simm was awarded a score of 13.000. Tinkler couldn't catch the Dynamo School of Gymnastics representative and finished with a total score of 53.050. 

Fellows, who announced that she would be retiring after the completion of the British Championships, saw off Stanhope for the bronze medal, finishing with a total of 52.850. 

It comes shortly after Simm finished 5th at the American Cup and will fill her with confidence going into the Commonwealth Games where she will represent England on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Everyone at South Coast Journalism would like to congratulate Kelly on winning the all-around title!

The men's all-around competition was also concluded this evening and it was Brinn Bevan from South Essex who took the title. 

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