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    Elliott Browne has powered his way to tumbling silver on the final day of the trampoline, tumbling and double mini trampoline world championships in St Petersburg, Russia.

    Already the reigning world bronze medallist; Elliott went one better this year as he completed two incredible tumbling passes in the final wowing both the crowd and the judges. His first pass was controlled and smooth to score 38.6 with his second pass explosive and ending with a huge final skill to score him 39.3 to total 77.9 points for the silver.Kristof Willerton also demonstrated his superb skills alongside Elliott with two outstanding tumbling runs, Kristof scored 38.4 and 37.9 to total 76.3 points and just miss out on a podium place in 4th.

    In the trampoline final Double Olympian Kat Driscoll showed fantastic form, as she has throughout the championships, to score 54.560 to place in 7th amongst a world class field. Luke Strong battled through his routine in the men’s event showing great determination in completing his ten highly difficult skills for a score of 58.025 points to place him in 8th.

    British champion Elliott said after: “It feels amazing! It’s been a bit of a rocky road coming here but training in St Petersburg has gone really well. I compete the same two routines from the British championships. I was really happy with both my passes, I was nervous for the first run and for the second I had to work towards the end but I’m so happy. It’s hard to some up how I feel having this medal – it’s amazing”.

    The trampoline gymnasts had begun the day competing in their semi-final rounds. This saw the top 24 ranked gymnasts from qualification compete one routine to decide the top 8 for the final. For Olympic silver medallist Bryony Page there was the anguish of finishing in 9th spot, her routine scoring 54.375, whilst fellow Rio Olympian Nathan Baileys routine scored him 58.935 for 13th place. Kat (55.520 points) and Luke (59.620) placed 6th and 7th respectively to secure their final spots.

    Full results from the championships can be found here.


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    Shanice Davidson has powered her way to the world silver medal at the trampoline, tumbling and DMT world championships in St Petersburg, Russia.

    Shanice produced two superb tumbling passes under pressure in the final to score 69.500 points for the silver. The DurhamCity gymnast is competing in her first senior world championships and looked stunned with her results saying:

    “I’m speechless, I really can’t believe it. I’m so happy with how I performed in my first senior worlds. I don’t look at the scoreboard when the competitions going on so to see I was in silver at the end was incredible. I really don’t know how to react - it doesn’t feel real. It gives me a massive amount of confidence and I’ll keep on working on my difficulty and hopefully be back again next year for more.”

    Also competing alongside Shanice in the tumbling final was British champion Rachel Davies who also completed two excellent tumbling passes to score 67.700 points for 5th place. In the men’s double mini trampoline final Rhys Gray impressed placing in 6th position with a score of 67.8 points.

    The full results can be found here.

    Tomorrow sees Elliott Browne and Kristof Willerton compete in the men’s tumbling finals with Bryony Page, Kat Driscoll, Luke Strong and Nathan Bailey all competing in trampoline semi-finals.

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    Four-time Olympic medallist, Louis Smith MBE has officially announced his retirement from the sport.

    Louis retires having won Britain’s first medal in 100 years at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where he won bronze on the pommel horse. He then went on to win two further medals at the London 2012 Olympics on the pommel (silver) and with the GB team (bronze). He didn’t stop there and in 2016, eight years after his first Olympic medal, he took another silver on the pommel horse in Rio.

    Louis was one of the finest gymnasts and pommel horse workers in the world for many years. His outstanding results had a huge impact on the development of men’s gymnastics in Great Britain and he has been a great inspiration to the next generation of gymnasts.

    "Gymnastics has given me everything," said Smith, who announced his retirement on ITV show Lorraine. "It gave me the tools necessary to channel my ADHD throughout my childhood, and as I grew up through the sport, I quickly found a purpose in life, and it has made me the person I am today.

    "From a young age it became my dream to compete at an Olympic Games and represent Great Britain, so to have had the opportunity to do that on three separate occasions, and bring home four Olympic medals in the process, is something I will forever cherish and for which I am eternally grateful."

    British Gymnastics Men’s Head National Coach and Louis’ former personal coach, Paul Hall said: “I first met Louis when he was around seven years old. His mum couldn’t decide whether to send him on a choral scholarship or to go with gymnastics. Seven years later, Peterborough Cathedral may have missed a boy soprano, but GB had a Junior European Champion on Pommel Horse. 

    “He competed at the 2005 World Championships, won a World Medal in Stuttgart in 2007, and an historic Olympic bronze in 2008. His result was a catalyst for the incredible success that Team GB has enjoyed in the past decade and I’m privileged to have worked with such an immense talent. Too many stories to put into one paragraph but his contribution deserves to be recognized: 4 Commonwealth medals, seven European medals, five world medals, four Olympic medals, and one Glitterball. Great job Louis!”

    Louis is looking forward to exciting new adventures and will be starring in the musical Rip it Up on London's West End in February.

  4.  POW
    We're delighted to announce the POW! Academy is now available for British Gymnastics registered clubs, leisure centres and delivery partners to download and deliver!

    The POW! Academy is a new initiative developed by British Gymnastics and the Cartoon Network, featuring the Powerpuff Girls. It's aimed at budding gymnasts aged 5-11yrs and challenges gymnasts to show off their talents and display their skills in a brand new way. Every time a gymnast successfully achieves a new level, they’ll be rewarded through a new badge and certificate scheme. 

    The partnership was recently launched at British Gymnastics HQ with characters from the series, star gymnasts Ellie Downie, Hamish Carter and local gymnasts were invited to an inaugural taster session. The Powerpuff Girls' attributes of inclusivity, courage and teamwork are a good fit with our sport and this strategic partnership adds an exciting new element for gymnasts to enjoy. 

    Ellie Downie said, “The POW! Academy is a great idea to keep kids excited to learn and display their skills in a brand-new way. Rewards are a key motivator but these don’t have to be medals or focused on achieving technical excellence. This initiative adds a new dimension with the focus firmly on the fun of taking part and feeling awesome. It will help ensure kids leave sessions with a big smile on their face. I’m proud to be a part of this venture and I'm looking forward to seeing the POW! Academy in action”. 

    The POW! Academy is available exclusively to member organisations and complements the successful Core Proficiency Awards. Member clubs can access the resources in GymNET now. Leisure centres and delivery partners should contact their British Gymnastics relationship manager to access the resources. 
  5. 2018 is a milestone year for British Gymnastics as we reach our 130th birthday!

    The inaugural meeting of the Amateur Gymnastics Association, (later to become the British Amateur Gymnastics Association and now British Gymnastics), took place on 21 June 1888. The meeting was held in response to a national call for a single organisation to take responsibility for setting standards, certificating coaches and organising competitions in the sport which was relatively new in the UK but growing rapidly in popularity and participation. 

    It’s been quite a journey and we are delighted that 130 years on, gymnastics is thriving; participation is rising and our medal-winning teams have never been so decorated. We have much to celebrate and we want to extend a sincere thank you to all those who’ve contributed - past and present.

    We are very proud to have played a part in growing and supporting grass roots participation, developing top-level talent, delivering world-class events across the UK and upholding the ethical standards expected. We are thrilled with what’s been achieved and it's been a team effort. We couldn’t have done it without the dedication and efforts of the wider British Gymnastics members, community and the support of all our partners.

    We want the next chapter to be just as successful, so we are focused on the future and making big plans. We want to grow gymnastics and ensure all those involved have a positive, inspiring experience. We want more people to feel the joy and excitement of the sport we all love. A sport that's breathtaking to watch, thrilling to perform and amazes millions across the nation. We believe by working collaboratively, we can guarantee gymnastics in the UK continues to flourish. 

    Look out for more news on our big plans for the future. 

    Key moments in our history:

    • 1888The Amateur Gymnastics Association formed, we then became British Gymnastics in 1997.

    • 1908First Olympic gymnastics medal won by Walter Tysal (silver).

    • 1936We became a member of the FIG and a founding member of the UEG in 1982.

    • 1953Britain's first participation in the global celebration of gymnastics - the World Gymnaestrada.

    • 1964First Trampoline World Championships was staged in the UK and we won our first World medal. In total, we have hosted 11 World Championships and claimed over 100 World medals.

    • 1969Our first badge and proficiency scheme launched for recreational gymnasts.

    • 1970sRhythmic and Acrobatic Gymnastics are recognised as new disciplines. Aerobic Gymnastics was added in 1992. 

    • 1984We pledge to give all disabled people greater participation opportunities - Disability Gymnastics is recognised as an official discipline. 

    • 1988Our World Class training facility is built at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. Opened by Princess Royal, the centre becomes the home of British Gymnastics.

    • 1993Neil Thomas wins the first World medal for a British Artistic gymnast.

    • 1997Neil Griffiths & Emily Crocker win Britain's first Acrobatic World title and Kathryn Peberdy our first Tumbling World gold.

    • 1998UK Sport award National Lottery funding for elite sport programmes. Sport England also becomes a crucial funding partner.

    • 1999The British Trampoline Federation joins British Gymnastics uniting the disciplines ahead of the 2000 Olympics. Double Mini Trampoline is also introduced.

    • 2006Beth Tweddle MBE becomes our first Artistic Gymnastics World Champion.

    • 2008100 years after Walter Tysal, Louis Smith MBE wins Britain's next individual Olympic medal at the Beijing Olympics. 

    • 2012London 2012, GB win 4 gymnastics medals, marking a new era of success for British Gymnastics.

    • 2014Launch of the British Gymnastics Foundation charity.

    • 2015The award-winning Artistic World Championships is staged on Glasgow. Max Whitlock MBE becomes our first Men's Artistic World Champion.

    • 2016Rio 2016 - a historic Olympic Games! 7 medals and 2 Gold. Bryony Page wins Great Britain's first Olympic trampoline medal. 

    • 2017First TeamGym medal secured for Great Britain at the European Championships.

    • 2018British Gymnastics turns 130.