Sparkling efforts for Sapphire at British Gymnastics championships

The second weekend of March saw the British Championships make its return to the Liverpool Echo Arena where, in front of a packed crowd of 11,000 gymnastics enthusiasts, the Hemel Hempstead-based Sapphire Elite gymnasts went toe to toe with the best from across the country.

Wednesday, 21st March 2018, 1:44 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st March 2018, 2:50 pm
Ondine Achampong competing for Sapphire at the British Champs.

Ondine Achampong, having taken three titles in December at the British Espoirs, has now gone up an age-group.

She took silver last month at the English Championships and now has the all-around bronze at her first Junior British Championships.

Her elegant beam work combined with huge difficulty and a new tricky bar dismount gave her two bronze apparatus medals as well.

Hallie Copperwheat also represented Sapphire in the competition and was placed ninth overall.

She performed her full-twisting double back somersault on the competition floor for the first time and put out a strong display.

Gipsy Squires and Lauren Matthews also competed, putting out clean routines against some tough opposition.

Alyieana Rahim, who had a good 2017 when she represented England in an international event, looks set to continue her success as a first-year senior gymnast.

She performed a dynamic floor and vault but unfortunately had falls on the bars and beam, before finishing in 26th place.