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    Birmingham gymnasts Dominick Cunningham and Joe Fraser were back home today to show off their European Championship medals and celebrate the return of the Gymnastics World Cup to the city next year.

    Dominick, who won gold on the floor in Glasgow with a stunning routine and Joe who took silver alongside his City of Birmingham team mate in the men’s team event were at the city’s Mailbox and famous canals to look ahead to the prestigious event in their home city.

    Both gymnasts, who train at the city’s GMAC centre, will be battling to be part of the GB World Cup team that will take on the best nations in the world on March 23rd at the Genting Arena.

    Earlier this year, over 10,000 fans saw Alice Kinsella, also from the Midlands, and James Hall take bronze for Great Britain when the World Cup came to Birmingham for the first time.

    Next year’s event will have a new format meaning fans will get the chance to see the men and the women on the same day. The event will now take place on a Saturday - with the men’s competition in the afternoon and the women’s event in the evening.

    The decision to return to Birmingham follows the success of that event and comes with less than four years to go before it hosts the Commonwealth Games when both Birmingham born gymnasts will be hoping to be part of the England team.

    Cunningham, who finished fourth behind Hall in March at the Gymnastics World Cup, went on to win gold and bronze medals in this year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia just over two weeks later.

    “To have the World Cup back in Birmingham, and for people to get the chance to see some of the best gymnasts in the world going head to head again, is huge for gymnastics in the city and the Midlands. Taking part in this year’s World Cup in front of my home crowd was something I will never forget and it gave me the confidence to go on and perform at the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships last weekend. I want to experience it again and improve on my fourth place this year.”

    Fraser who missed out on this year’s World Cup and the Commonwealth Games due to injury, said:

    “I’m desperate to be part of the squad after missing out this year and having it back in here will give me extra motivation. I went to cheer the guys on in March and the atmosphere was amazing. Hopefully the fans in Birmingham and the Midlands will turn out in even greater numbers at the Genting Arena and give the British team the support it will need against some big nations and big stars.”

    British Gymnastics, Chief Executive, Jane Allen added:

    We’re thrilled to bring the Gymnastics World Cup back to Birmingham for 2019. Gymnastics is a fantastic ‘family-friendly’ sport. The Genting Arena is a perfect venue for families to enjoy world-class sport and entertainment.There is a real buzz around the sport in the city and the region and there’s some amazing homegrown gymnastics talent here. That, combined with the huge success of last year’s event, made it feel like the right decision to come back to the city again.”

    “In Dominick and Joe Birmingham has two of the sport’s most talented, up and coming stars and they proved that with their performances in Glasgow at the weekend. I’m sure they will both be desperate to be part of the GB team in their home city next March.”

    The Birmingham event is part of the World Cup series, which takes place every year with four events staged in four different countries. Nine gymnasts from the world’s leading nations compete for their country in both the men’s and women’s competition. The men will battle it out on the floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar whilst the women will show their skills on the vault, uneven bars, beam and the floor.

    Nations compete to be crowned World Cup winners, with each individual event securing vital points on the leader board.Historically, Olympic, World and European medallists have competed for their countries which have included the USA, Russia, China, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, Brazil and of course Great Britain. As the host nation, Great Britain secure four spots automatically.

    Tickets for the World Cup are now on sale

    Family tickets and joint tickets for both the men’s and women’s competitions are available.

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    Dom Cunningham from City of Birmingham Gymnastics Club has won the men’s European floor gold medal after holding his nerve in front of a packed our SSE Hydro in Glasgow at the 2018 Championships.

    There was also a brilliant bronze medal for Courtney Tulloch (Pegasus) on rings in a very competitive final.

    Dom’s floor routine was packed full of big tumbles with his landings near faultless and his execution score high, giving him a massive score of 14.666. It was his third impressive floor routine of the championships showing great promise and consistency. There was then a nervous wait for Dom to find out where he had placed before the final routines were complete, but his score was good enough to win the title.

    After receiving his medal, Dom said: “It’s not been easy but to be here now with this gold medal and listening to our national anthem, it’s a surreal moment for me but I’m ready for more feelings like this.

    “The crowd were phenomenal. They don’t have to be here, but they gave me so much support. The noise in there was crazy.

    “Waiting for that final score to come in, my heart was going. Beforehand I would’ve been happy with silver, but knowing you’re that close to gold, it just means so much!”

    Courtney, competing in the rings final having qualified with a score of 15.100, very nearly matched that, sticking his landing and showing off his strength elements, including his very own skill, the ‘Tulloch 2’, for 15.000. That was enough to secure his second medal of the championships following team silver yesterday.

    Courtney said: “I gave it my all in that routine. To put down three consistent scores down on rings during these championships, I’m really pleased. No final is easy on rings. There’s so many strong gymnasts out there that could’ve been on the podium, but I loved that final and I can’t wait for the next.”

    On pommel it wasn’t to be for double Olympian Max Whitlock MBE who faltered during the middle section of his routine, having to restart before finishing his routine well for a seventh place finish.

    Joe Fraser was competing in two finals after a successful qualification and was first to go in the parallel bars final, eventually finishing in eighth place.

    High bar was the last final of the championships with Joe joined by GB teammate James Hall. James upped his difficulty from qualifying and got a huge cheer from the crowd after completing his routine. His score of 14.033 gave him a tied score with third and fourth place, but due to a lower execution score, he had to settle for fifth. Joe was the final competitor to go, scoring 13.766 for sixth place.

    See the full results.

    Congratulations to all of our gymnasts, clubs, coaches and officials on a fantastic championships. The team now look ahead to the World Championships in Doha later on this year. You can also see some of our British and international stars next in action on home soil next March in Birmingham at the Gymnastics World Cup.
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    The British senior men’s team of Max Whitlock MBE (South Essex), James Hall (Pegasus/Maidstone), Courtney Tulloch (Pegasus/Maidstone), Joe Fraser (City of Birmingham) and Dom Cunningham (City of Birmingham) have taken a brilliant silver medal at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow.

    The team finished with a score of 253.362, behind Russia who scored 257.260 and France who made up the top three with 246.928.

    In front of the home crowd, the team started on floor with three clean routines from James (13.700), Max (14.366) who improved his score from qualifying, and Dom (14.600) who showed great execution with a high difficulty score to give the team a great start.

    Moving on to pommel, James scored 14.266 and Joe scored 13.800 before Max, last up, scored 14.433. There was an inquiry by the British team in to Max’s score regarding his difficultly level, however it was rejected as the judging panel felt that one of his skills wasn’t executed well enough to be counted. Therefore the score remained the same.

    On rings, Joe fought well through his routine for 13.400, James kept his composure for 13.833 and then Courtney followed it up, initially being given a score of 14.433 but after an inquiry was accepted, Courtney’s revised score was 14.733.

    Next up for the team was vault, with James up first. He had brilliant alignment and a slight step on landing for 14.433. Dom was up next and produced one of the best vaults of the weekend for 14.900, and Courtney finished a good rotation for the team with his Dragalescu vault scoring 14.533.

    The penultimate rotation for the GB team was on parallel bars with Joe scoring nearly half a mark higher than he did in qualifying for 15.233. James (14.800) and Dom (14.500) also scored well to keep the pressure on Russia who led by just a mark going to high bar.

    Unfortunately on high bar Dom (11.466) and James (12.466) both had to count falls on their routines but showed plenty of fight for the team to get through. Joe showed why he’ll be in the apparatus final tomorrow on that apparatus, getting the loudest cheer of the day, scoring 13.900.

    Max was pleased with the team result: "I think we can all be proud of what we have done today, we’ve done an amazing job. Together as a team we pulled together some really good routines and have come away with a silver medal. We can walk away with our heads held high."

    Watch full interview with the team.

    See the full results.

    The competition continues tomorrow with junior apparatus finals starting at 10am and senior men’s apparatus finals at 2.30pm. Follow our channels for updates and keep an eye on the BBC for coverage.

  4. 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.


  5. Best wishes for a very Happy Christmas to all gymnasts, parents, coaches, judges and volunteers.

    Here's hoping for another sucessful year for Gymnastics in the North Region in 2018.

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