Some of Wales’ top disability gymnasts were mixing it with the best in Britain – and were in inspired form – at the 2021 Disability Artistic British Championships in Stoke-on-Trent over the weekend.
Having endured a long time away from the competition floor, it was fantastic to see all of the gymnasts back in action.
Bethany Paull (Valleys Gymnastics Academy), Mia Stockley (St Tydfils), Kieron Innes (Fusion Gymnastics Wales) and Maddie Davies (Neath-Afan) all came away with medals for their brilliant performances at Fenton Manor Sports Complex.
Bethany, a Special Olympics World Summer Games medallist for Great Britain back in 2019, was competing in the women’s senior B class 1 competition, which was exciting throughout, with several gymnasts vying for medals.
She was in good form too, winning gold on vault with a score of 10.925, and a second gold medal on floor with a score of 10.800.
There was all around gold for Mia in the B class 1 women’s junior category with a score if 40.150 as well as medals on every apparatus; gold on uneven bars and beam, along with silver on both floor and vault.
“We are exceptionally proud of the girls and their coaches Jaz (and Rachel and Tara who support),” said delighted VGA managing director Melissa Anderson on Bethany and Mia's successes.
“It’s been difficult through lockdown but the girls worked hard online and have thrived being back in the gym.
“Both gymnasts are fabulous role models in the gym and we are delighted for them!”
It was also a fantastic day in Stoke on Sunday for Kieron, who had a great competition, leaving as British all-around champion in the men's junior open class 2 category, while also took gold on rings and parallel bars and silver on floor and pommel horse.
Maddie, meanwhile, took overall gold in the women’s junior A class 2 category along with silver on both vault and uneven bars in the women’s under 12 A class 1 category.
You can see all of the results and the full routines for all senior and junior competition by downloading the BG Score App.
Congratulations to all of the gymnasts, coaches and clubs on a brilliant event.