IT was another terrific British Championships for South Essex Gymnastics Club over the weekend with eye-catching gold medals for three of the club’s junior boys.
Danny Crouch was the Under-14 all-around champion, with club-mate Alexander Niscoveanu taking the bronze at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.
George Atkins was Under-12 all-around champ with a display which included gold on pommel, rings, horizontal bars and parallel bars.
And SEGC’s Jamie Langridge won the Under-12 floor event.
(George, Danny and Alex are pictured above with Anthony Wise).
SEGC MAG Head Coach Anthony Wise said: “We had some great results across the board.
“George won the English title two weeks ago – and won on every piece in Liverpool apart from floor.
“But his team-mate Jamie did an amazingly clean routine to win floor and that meant South Essex won every gold medal in the Under-12 age category.
“This was the first year where they were both old enough to compete at the British Championships, which makes these results even more impressive.
“Sean Dalton also competed well with a really clean competition to place 13th overall.
“Danny Crouch was British Champion for the third year in a row to match the hat-trick of English titles he secured two weeks ago.
“And a new member of our team – Alex Niscoveanu – placed third overall in his first year competing as an Under-14.
“That is an amazing result after he has really worked hard in recent months at the club.
“Finnley Dunning was unfortunately injured prior to the championships and was only able to compete on pommel, where he completed a brand new routine which looks exciting for the future.”
In the MAG Under-18 section, SEGC were represented by Harrison Langridge, Joshua Underwood and Douglas Turnbull.
Anthony added: “All competed very well and were close to medalling as we had fourth places for Douglas on pommel and Josh on vault.”
And there was plenty of success in the MAG senior ranks too, with Brinn Bevan fourth in the all-around after horizontal bar bronze.
Jay Thompson was seventh in the all-around, and took home an excellent silver on floor and vault bronze. Jay also made Masters floor, rings and horizontal bars finals.
SEGC stars Tommy Nicolaou and Reiss Beckford were guest competitors at the event, and Jamaican international Reiss produced a top-three showing on rings.
It was also a good weekend for SEGC’s Hayden Skinner with strong showings across the board which included a fifth-placed Masters finish on floor.
And new father Max Whitlock underlined his enduring world-class status by taking pommel gold in the main event and in the Masters section as he builds towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Max also claimed Masters parallel bars bronze.
Ellie Petroiu, Paige Moroney and Emma Wilkinson also represented the club admirably in the WAG Espoir all-around competition. Paige was fourth in the uneven bars final and Emma fifth on floor.
In the WAG junior section, SEGC’s Halle Hilton was fourth in the all-around and claimed bronze on vault and beam, and silver on floor.
Teegan Milligan was 12th in the all-around event, and Ellie Gargett competed well on uneven bars.
Tomique Gibson represented SEGC in the WAG senior section and competed on vault, uneven bars, floor and beam.