Trio all placed in British championships

PUBLISHED: 14:30 22 June 2011

Academy Gymnasts.

Academy Gymnasts.


Three Academy gymnasts competed in the British Espoir Championships recently.

AFTER passing the elite grade last year, Imogen Chan, Libby Lockett and April Maslen were eligible to compete in the British Espoir Championships at Guildford recently.

The girls are all members of The Academy of Gymnastics in Portishead.

April started her campaign on floor, a fall on beam dropped her down the rankings. April finished ninth all-around and qualified for three apparatus finals - vault (4th), bars (5th) and floor 9th.

Imogen completed two great vaults and on beam and floor and finished just ahead of April in eighth place and also qualified for three finals. On vault and floor, Imogen qualified in second place, and in fourth place on beam.

Fresh from her first international for Great Britain, Libby also got off to an excellent start on floor. She competed steadily on all pieces of apparatus and was the highest Academy member in sixth place, and also qualified for three finals - vault (5th), bars (7th) and floor (6th).

The three girls will now compete in the Echo Arena in Liverpool in July, along with previous Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth competitors.

Adding to the success, Imogen has been selected to represent Great Britain in a five-way international in Germany, with Libby selected as reserve.

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