In British Gymnastics News, both Imogen Cairns and Marissa King have been invited to join the National training squad, as long as they both commit to training to potentially be a part of the Rotterdam World Championships squad. Form British Gymnastics;
Imogen (21), from The Academy GC did not compete for more than a year due to injury, but returned at the 2010 British Championships in Guildford in excellent form; winning the Gold medal on vault, placing fourth on beam and floor, and fifth in the All Around.This is a really, really important time for GBR, what with their fabulous results at Euros this year. They can, if they are clean and consistent, prove that they are slowly becoming a top gymnastics nation. They are certainly, I believe, looking stronger than Australia, France and Italy, who have some very strong individuals, but perhaps less team strength.
Marissa (19) from Huntingdon GC left for the USA soon after Beijing 2008, to study and compete for the University of Florida (USA). Marissa is also hoping to qualify for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, October. She returned home to compete in the 2010 British Championships where she achieved a Silver medal on vault and 8th place on floor.
|Marissa King- Good vault scoring potential|
The biggest foe in upcoming nations, once again, should be Romania, who they will do battle with very soon, in a 'friendly' meet in Ipswich, England, which is possibly being viewed as an essential win for both teams (more about that later).
Both Cairns and King will be excellent additions to the squad. After a year in Florida, King may have learned a lot about consistency (not to say she was terribly inconsistent before). Cairns was really only cut short by injury.
With Danusia Francis back from her pelvic injury, Beth Tweddle's ridiculous difficulty scores and Becky Downie's AA potential (if she can maintain consistency), and the experience of many of these members, the squad looks strong.
|Rebecca Wing- will she be on the Worlds team?|
In other news, Laura Mitchell, Lizzie Beddoe have been granted the chance to graduate into the senior development squad, while Charlotte Lindsay is also heading in on a six-month trial.
The Performance Squad Members are;
Lizzie Beddoe, Imogen Cairns, Rebecca Downie, Laura Edwards, Danusia Francis, Nicole Hibbert, Jessica Hogg, Jocelyn Hunt, Marissa King, Charlotte Lindsay, Laura Mitchell, Jennifer Pinches, Niamh Rippin, Elizabeth Tweddle, Hannah Whelan, Rebecca Wing.
Director Tim Jones spoke of the difficulty in choosing the squad- it must be a relief to finally be in that position!