What a weekend! After missing out from competing at the British Championships last year, I really couldn’t wait to be back out there this weekend to achieve my targets: enjoy the competition; take each moment in; and perform my routines to the best of my ability.
It was a super exciting weekend to enjoy, with lots of things going on – even outside of the competition! To name a few:
Walking in to the Arena to see my signature leotard collection being displayed at the Quatro stand, followed by seeing my designs being worn by other gymnasts throughout the day and then the autograph signings on the Saturday evening was all so special!
One girl came up to me and thanked me for helping her overcome her lost move issues and it almost made me cry. She did all the hard work, but to think sharing my experience with ‘losing’ my skills (and regaining them) has helped or inspired someone, even just a little bit, to believe they can also get through their struggle is unbelievably heartening. To know she can continue to enjoy trampolining again puts a smile on my face.
A very kind, selfless and hard-working friend, who I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of years ago (get to know & work with on various occasions), was rewarded & applauded for his efforts and contributions as a Volunteer by British Gymnastics in front of the huge crowd – which was awesome to see!
My teammate Lucy was competing at her first British Championships since her injury a few years ago and she has done so amazing to get back up to where she was (and better) to compete here this weekend. I am super proud and happy for her.
AND my whole family came to watch the competition!
So many things to smile about, before even getting onto the trampolines!!
It was an absolute pleasure to compete again at the British Championships and perform in front of a large home crowd and the trampoline community backstage too. The support has been amazing and it was lovely to see so many familiar, friendly faces again.
I felt nervous and excited to march out to the competition arena. My warm-ups out the back were going solid and I hoped I could perform to the standards I have been in training, and improve from my routines I have competed the few times this year. As I started jumping for my first routine, I allowed myself to let out a little smile before focusing in on my routine and technical cues. I was really happy with my set routine. It felt the best I have competed this year and I felt the more composed too. Going into my second routine, I just took off with my hips too far back and gained my pike triff slightly, which put me in a difficult position for skills 2 & 3 – but I fought back hard and regained composure for the second half of my routine. There was a lot of positives to take from that routine, despite their being disappointing mistakes in the first half.
I couldn’t wait for Sunday to compete again, taking the lead going into the finals and having the chance to perform a better routine.
What is really exciting for our sport is that the finals were covered by BBC Sport! So you can watch them on Catch-up by CLICKING HERE 🙂 . The Senior Ladies Trampoline competition starts at around 2 hr 39 min in, just following the Men.
I always love competing in finals. You get one more routine, one more chance to perform, one more time to fly around in that Arena.
I felt the nerves kick in pretty early on in the day and even more so when I stepped out onto the competition floor and onto the trampoline – I was ready! I took a few deep breaths and visualised my routine (I took my time…). Then, just a few solid jumps to get my height and my routine was off! Starting with a higher and more powerful pike triff (skill 1) and improved lift, extension and control into skill 2 – a much better start to my routine than the day previous – and then a solid finish.
I was really happy with my routine and hoped my scores reflected how it felt… A new PB for this year! AND a new…
I am so happy and proud. I’ve watched the competition back so many times already, waiting for it to sink in. I’m super overjoyed to have just won my 4th British Championships!!! I really enjoyed performing those routines and these championships have given me confidence leading into the competitions at the end of the year – and the many more to come!
CLICK HERE to Watch the competition on BBC Sport Catch-up. The women’s final competition is introduced at around 2hr 39mins and the action takes place from 2hr 48mins
Massive Congratulations to all competitors this weekend and good luck for your next competitions!
The Thank You’s!
Of course, I am not alone on this journey and I wanted to say a formal massive thanks to: My personal coach Paul Greaves; my family & friends; Esther, Iain, Paddy, Ralph & Cecilia; the volunteers which put on such a brilliant event; my teammates and support staff in Sheffield, Lilleshall, EIS and British Gymnastics; National coaches Tracy Whittaker-Smith and Gary Smith; Nak’d for providing me with a massive stock of energy bars to fuel my training & recovery leading up to this competition; Boogie Bounce for their support & enthusiasm and for providing me with creative & fun cardio workouts plus low impact training for my ankle rehab/maintenance; Quatro Gymnastics Leotards for their encouragement and for providing me with amazing leotards for me to sparkle in at this event!