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Megan Surman, left, with Megan Kealy and Shanice Davidson.

 

Welsh tumbler Megan Surman bagged a brilliant bronze medal at the Trampoline and Tumbling National Age Group Open competition held in Telford last weekend.

The 23-year-old, who is originally from Swansea and now trains out of City of Birmingham GC, finished on the podium in the tumbling performance level women’s senior category alongside Megan Kealy and Shanice Davidson.

For senior women’s British tumbler Megan, this competition also doubled up with her second Worlds trial.

Megan, who was the women’s 17-21 World Age Group tumbling champion in 2018, is hoping to make the British team this year’s World Championships which are taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan next month.

The Worlds team is due to be announced next week.

She was the final Welsh tumbler in action in Telford last Saturday. It was the first time in nearly two years our Welsh tumblers had been back in competition and it was a fantastic return for them all.

Luca Burgess-Williams from Carmarthenshire School of Gymnastics (CSOG) was up first and finished a very respectable 13th in the performance level men’s 11-12yrs category.

Next was Rhisian Thomas (Dimax) and Shannon Ross (CSOG) in the performance level women’s 15-16 category. Both girls did a really superb job of finishing their routines, with Rhisian finishing 9th in the prelims and Shannon making her first ever British finals and finishing in an amazing 8th position.

Then Jade Evans took to the floor in the performance level 17-21 age group.

It had been an usual build-up to this competition for Jade, who had come out of retirement just prior to lockdown. However she still stormed up the rankings to finish in a massive 4th place.

Sunday then saw a return to competition for Chloe Griffiths (All Stars), Daisy Worsey (All Stars) and Tianna Davies (CSOG), who all competed for the first time in an elite level competition in the 11-12yrs group. 

All girls did a superb job and completed their routines. This year’s build up has been difficult for everyone so, for these girls to step up the way they did, was particularly impressive. 

Reuben Lerwill (Dimax) took to the competition track in the men’s performance level 13-14 category after struggling with injuries that had limited his competition preparations.

Reuben trained extremely hard through lockdown, attended all squad sessions and made the most of holistic learning. This seemed to have helped Reuben with his return to competition; he showed great determination and motivation in his runs and now returns to his clubs to prepare for next year.

Sam Kirby (All Stars) and Ieuan Jones (Dimax) competed in the performance level 15-16 group both having some issues with their first routines, but produced extremely difficult and intricate routines in the second round to gain themselves valuable experience at this level. Well done boys.

A special mention for Harrison Walker (Basingstoke) who attends Home Nations Squad as a guest while he attends university in Wales. Carrying an injury Harrison completed his runs in the men’s performance level 17-21 category with resilience and power. Well done young man.

Last, but most definitely not least, was our fabulous assistant lead coach Josh Hunter in the performance level men’s senior category.

After retiring three years ago, undergoing surgery on some outstanding injuries, then becoming a full-time and very successful coach, Josh returned to the track with some outstanding routines, proving he still ranks amongst the best tumblers in Britain.

It is also testimony to his great working relationship with lead tumble coach Rob Owen.

Great day also for our friends from Revolution GC, with podium places for many of their squad.

Congratulations to all of the gymnasts, coaches and clubs involved.

For all of the results, download the BG Score App.