This weekend two of our gymnasts, Ella Wilkinson and Bethany Williamson, are flying off to Daytona, Florida to represent Great Britain at the F.I.G. World Age Group Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT Championships in DMT (Double Mini Trampoline). This event is the pinnacle of achievement for this sport and to be selected for your country a great honour. World Championships are split into two parts: World Championships and World Age Group Championships. The first is the senior event where the best in the world will be competing this week. The latter is for those gymnasts who are not yet seniors and is divided into several age groups 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18.
Selections for the British squad are very rigorous. First Bethany and Ella had to compete at several Galas around the country in order to qualify for British Championships which were held at the Echo Arena in September. Bethany came first in the Elite Level Women’s 15-16 age group with a staggering 9.3 point lead over second place. Ella, in the Elite 13-14 group put in a solid performance to claim bronze. Most importantly this allowed both Bethany and Ella to attend the second trial for Worlds at Lilleshall (BG’s home) the weekend after. While we’re on the subject, Bethany’s sister, Lauren, also claimed gold in the Elite 17-18 category (unfortunately there were no places at World’s for that group so her opportunity to go was ended early).
At the second qualifying weekend they were put through their paces and had to show they could produce routines that were World class and that they could do this repeatedly. The next week was a long and nervous wait until the announcement came out the following Saturday. Fortunately they had impressed the selectors enough to be awarded a spot on the GB team! After that the hard work was far from over. They both had to return to Lilleshall for another weekend of training and a final “bootcamp” week during October half term to prepare. Now finally the girls have got their GB kit and will be heading down to Gatwick this weekend to fly out with the rest of the squad to Florida ready to compete next week.
We all hope you can join us in congratulating Ella and Bethany in their fantastic achievement and wish them a large GOOD LUCK for the coming week. Also big congratulations to the coaches at DRILL who got them there. Hopefully you can follow them, at least in spirit, although a lot of you would no doubt love to spend a week in Florida at the competition supporting them!
Once again GOOD LUCK Bethany and Ella.