The British Gymnastics Championships come to Liverpool
The 2011 Women's Artistic British Championships are coming to Liverpool for the first time! The event is being held at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July 2011 and sees the countries top female gymnasts in action, including Total Gymnastics Director Beth Tweddle MBE and her training partner and current British Champion, Hannah Whelan.
Beth Tweddle said: “It will be a fantastic opportunity for the British Championships to be held in Liverpool, a lot of my friends and family have always wanted a championships nearby so that they can come and watch me. It’s ideal for them to be able to get tickets and come down to the Echo Arena, and for the people of Liverpool to see one of their home grown athletes perform.”
With the prestigious British title at stake the tension will be high and pressure on to see who can handle the nerves of the big crowd to take the title. Hannah Whelan from City of Liverpool took the senior Gold in 2010 and will face a tough battle to repeat this in her home town.
Hannah Whelan commented: “I’m really excited for the British Championships to take place in Liverpool. It will be nice for friends and family to come visit and with it being an arena, the gymnasts will now compete on world-class podiums which will be a good experience for the younger gymnasts. Being the current champion adds a bit of pressure but I’m not going to go to the competition with expectations, I’ll just go out and do the best routines I can.”
Competing in Liverpool will be Beijing Olympians, along with World and European Championship gymnasts, wowing the crowd with elegance, power, speed, strength and suppleness over four challenging pieces of apparatus – the vault, bars, beam and the floor - with medals given on each piece, and for the ultimate ‘all-around’ gymnast – the most coveted title of them all.
The 2011 British Championships form part or a crucial year for the British Team, coming just two months before the all-important World Championships in Tokyo, which will decide whether full British Teams will be represented at London 2012.
The gymnasts from the Total Gymnastics Liverpool Academies will be showing their support at the Championships on Sunday 10th July for apparatus finals where they will see they top 8 gymnasts from each age group compete on individual apparatus.
Day 1 – Saturday 9 July
Doors Open - 09.00hrs
Warm-up - 09.35hrs- 11.15hrs
Competition - 11.35hrs - 14.40hrs
Doors Open - 15.30hrs
Warm-up - 15.05hrs - 16.50hrs
Competition - 17.20hrs - 20.00hrs
Day 2 - Sunday 10 July
Doors Open - 09.00hrs
Warm-up - 09.15hrs - 10.45hrs
Competition - 11.00hrs - 15.10hrs
* Lineup subject to change. Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult.