13th March 2018 - Dynamo School of Gymnastics

British all-around & bars champion Kelly Simm with coaches Keith & Debbie Richardson - Photo by: BC Photographic

Dynamo School of Gymnastics, based at the Hamble Community Sports College, travelled to Liverpool this past weekend for the 2018 British Championships being held at the Echo Arena.

Kelly Simm, fresh from her success at the American Cup just a week ago, showed great composure once again hitting 4 clean routines. Starting on Floor with a strong Double Straight opening tumble, Kelly went through her floor routine without major error, despite her legs being tired from the previous competitions, starting off with a solid, 12.90.

Onto Vault, Kelly produced her best when it mattered holding the straight shape throughout scoring a massive 14.05. Onto Bars and once again Kelly hit under pressure, swinging through her routine cleanly for a 13.45. Finishing off her competition on Beam, Kelly once again held her nerve, finishing with a routine which was both elegant and powerful to score 13.00.

Coaches Keith & Debbie Richardson were impressed with her performance and once the final scores from fellow competitors were in, Kelly was crowned the Senior British All Around Champion, totalling a score of 53.40.

Kelly Simm at the British Championships - Photo: BC Photographic

Kelly, completely overwhelmed, stepped up onto the podium and held the historic trophy high, clearly delighted that after two years of disappointments and injury, her hard work and commitment had paid off.

Kelly’s coaches Keith & Debbie joined her on the podium being acknowledged for their hard work in producing a British Champion. Keith Richardson is now the only coach to of had both Male & Female Senior British All Around Champions.

Fellow team mate Tayah Askham, a student at St Anne’s, competed in her first ever British Championships this year after qualifying through the Challenge Cup just six months ago, under the coaching guidance of Kerri Beaven. Tayah placed 47th in the country with 37.55 in her first year as a Senior and her first ever competition up on podium.

Tayah loved the atmosphere and enjoyed her first experience of the British Championships, despite some unfortunate errors on the day, she will now be back in the gym working hard and inspired to follow in Kelly’s footsteps. It is fantastic for Dynamo having their very own role model to look up to and show that years of perseverance, hard work and determination, can pay off and be rewarded.

Dynamo also had representation in the Men’s Under 14 age group, with both boys being coached by Nathan Kitcher. Callum Archer, a student at Crofton School, placing 68th with a total of 51.85 across 5 apparatus. Team mate Finley Hughes, a student at Boundary Oak, competed 4 apparatus scoring 23.60.

Again this was the boys first British Championships and after gaining valuable experience they will look to improve on their results next year.

The British Championships Apparatus Finals were held on Sunday and with Kelly fresh off her victory, she once again showed her consistency and quality. Kelly performed a flawless bars routine upping her score from the All-Around competition to a massive 13.85 to take the Bars title and once again stand on top of the podium.

Onto the Beam final, Kelly and coaches were delighted to of hit another clean routine finishing with a sky high double back dismount to equal her score from qualifying of 13.00. Kelly finished in 3rd position on Beam, rounding off an incredibly successful championship for her.

Director of Coaching Debbie Richardson said of the weekend’s performance: “Years of practice and dedication can only come to fruition after years of preparation and most importantly a mature athlete. This has allowed Kelly to compete at the highest level and reek the benefits. We’re extremely proud of Kelly, and the club in producing a Senior British Champion and now we look forward to the Commonwealth Games next month”.

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