The 2017 British all-around titles have been decided with Olympian Ellie Downie winning the women’s crown.
In the women’s event, Ellie Downie looked fresh and ready, even after a busy summer in Rio last year. Performing difficult work, including a new double twisting double back somersault on floor, despite a fall on the bars, she still comfortably took the title with 55.350.
Ellie was extremely happy to walk away with the gold: “I’ve worked so hard for this. To get back to full fitness hasn’t been easy but it just shows the hard work has paid off. I was really pleased with my floor. It’s been a bit up and down in training this week but to get it out there and perform it; I really got in to it, and I think the crowd did as well.”
Taking joint silver were Park Wrekin’s Alice Kinsella and Phoenix’s Maisie Methuen who both stepped up to senior level for the first time in 2017. Alice executed a stunning beam routine which included a solid free cartwheel layout layout, with Maisie ever the reliable performer, excelling particularly on vault with her strong handspring pike front half out. Both girls scored 53.300.
Finishing in 4th place was East London’s Georgia Mae Fenton who although had to count some falls, produced a sensational bars set and shows great promise for the future scoring 51.950. In 5th place was the Academy’s Phoebe Turner with 51.400 and in 6th was Ellesse Oates from Park Wrekin 50.550.
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day