Huntingdon Gymnastics Club was well represented at the British Championships, held at the Echo Arena in Liverpool last weekend. A capacity crowd watched a thrilling all around final that saw Max Whitlock of South Essex take the title for men, and Bristol Hawks gymnast, Claudia Fragapane, win gold for the girls. The televised event saw Louis Smith in fine form, swinging well on the pommel horse to score an impressive 15.8 for a well executed routine of top difficulty to take silver behind current World Champion, Max Whitlock, with 16.25 for the British title. Lottie Smith worked across 4 apparatus without major error to finish 16th in a field of the best seniors in the Country.
The under 16 junior boys event was won by Jamie Lewis of Woking, with Huntingdon gymnast, Jake Jarman, continuing to rise up the ranks by taking bronze all around as well as a silver for his high bar routine. Clubmate, Patrick Murphy, also worked well in the same event, taking bronze on Pommel Horse and a silver on parallel bars. The Club was well represented in the under 18 category by Benji Eyre and Tony Duchars who both now focus on international call ups in the coming months.
Head coach Paul Hall was pleased with the results from the weekend:
'It is good to see Louis maintaining his progress in his quest for selection to an incredible third Olympics and a shot at an elusive Gold medal that would complete the set for him. I am especially encouraged by the results from Jake Jarman and Patrick Murphy and our other juniors- these performances underline that the Club is continuing its rich tradition of producing medal winning gymnasts with the potential to represent their Country at the highest level.'
Smith, 26, now waits to hear about selection to the GB squad for the European Championships in May, and then on to Rio Olympics later in the summer.