Five turn out for England

PUBLISHED: 14:44 07 November 2012

Academy gymnasts.

Academy gymnasts.


Five gymnasts, all from the Academy of Gymnastics in Portishead, represented England at the prestigious Rushmoor Rose Bowl.

FIVE gymnasts, all from the Academy of Gymnastics in Portishead, represented England at the prestigious Rushmoor Rose Bowl two-day international event in Aldershot.

England fielded two teams - England A, including Lucy Brett, Jasmine Reed-Yang and Maisie Dodds and England B, including Abi Solari with Charlotte Bennett selected as reserve.

Fifteen teams represented their club, county or country plus all star individuals took part in this key annual event of the women’s artistic gymnastics calendar.

Gymnasts from the Academy dominated the England A and B teams making their overall team gold and team silver respectively.

Charlotte Bennett, aged 16, competed in the all stars individual rankings as England reserve, earning her first England cap. She put in a clean round, performing with calm and determination to finish in a credible 18th place.

Abi Solari (12), also earned her first England cap as part of England B. She bravely competed moves only just perfected in the gym earning her an amazing fourth place on vault, a few wows and whoops on bars, beam and floor and a steady contribution to England B’s team silver.

Lucy Brett (15), earned her England cap in the senior team as part of England A. She competed a new vault at international standard and a clean floor routine to score 10th and equal ninth place on these apparatus plus an all-around ranking of 15th. She made a significant contribution to Engand A team gold.

Maisie Dodds (16), earned her second England cap as part of England A. She top scored on asymmetric bars, earning her an all-around 13th place ranking on the first day and a first class contribution to England A’s team gold.

Jasmine Reed-Yang (15), earned her third England cap as part of England A. She showed maturity on vault and floor, earning her a fabulous fourth and third place on these apparatus and an incredible all-around ranking of seventh place and consistent contribution to England A’s team gold.

All of the Academy gymnasts scored well enough on day one to achieve an apparatus final the following day. However, due to rules and selection criteria, only a few of them were able to take to the stage again.

Reed-Yang completed a wonderful floor routine with strong tumbles to be placed sixth in her floor exercise apparatus final. Brett put in an amazing two different vaults scoring 0.175 outside of the medals to gain fourth place in the vault final.

Dodds was last up on asymmetric bars in a nail-biting final, only to top score and take home the Rushmoor rose-bowl crystal trophy and gold medal.

“This was another fantastic achievement for the Academy during Olympic year,” said senior coach Nia Edwards. “The girls have gained significant experience, pride and confidence as a result of their selection to represent their country, I am immensely proud of them all.”

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