The 2017 British Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT British Championships have concluded in Liverpool at Echo Arena.
Gymnasts battled through multiple impressive performances throughout the weekend which culminated in a final score that decided the medallists, with gymnasts also using the weekend as a trial for the World Championships in Bulgaria in November.
In the senior women’s trampoline event, Laura Gallagher from Quayside returned to action, scoring consistently well across each of her three flights to take an impressive first place with 156.165. Double Olympian Kat Driscollstruggled on day one, but battled back completing a strong final flight to finish second with a score of 151.210. Amanda Harris of N.T.G.A scored 149.910 to finish in third.
In the men’s competition, home favourite Luke Strong from City of Liverpool held his nerve to score 163.915 and win the British title for a third time. Lewis Bartlett from OLGA finished second with 160.455 with OLGA teammate Elliot Storey finishing third with 144.010.
Luke Strong said “It feels really good to have won the British title which was my aim coming in to this competition. It’s not the way I wanted to do it, and I wasn’t happy with my final routine so I’ll have to go back to the gym and work on that. It’s great to do it in my home town as all my family and friends are here. It did add a bit of pressure but it was great to have them here. Performing the last routine of the weekend, it’s probably the most nervous I’ve ever been so I’m glad to get through it.”
In the senior women’s tumbling competition, Lucie Colebeck carried on her good form from qualifying to take the title, scoring 135.400 across her four routines. Pinewood’s Yasmin Taite finished in second place with 131.200 after being pushed all the way by Rachel Davies who finished third with 131.000. Derby City’s Greg Townley came out on top in the senior men’s tumbling event which saw many world class routines. Greg produced eye catching runs to score 147.800, just beating Kristof Willerton who came second with 147.500. Wakefield’s Elliott Browne also scored consistently well (146.600) to take third.
In the DMT competition, City of Liverpool’s Benjamin Atkins came out on top in front of his home crowd with a score of 145.600. Daniel Berridge fought hard for second with 144.400, and Andrew Houston made up the top three, scoring 143.800. In the women’s event, World Games competitor Kirsty Way from OLGA produced a string of stunning routines to claim the women’s title with a score of 135.200. Phoebe Williams from Heart of England came second with 132.700 and Bethany Williamson scored 131.800 for third.