OUR acro-gym aces Shanie-Redd Thorne and Danielle Jones can head into the World Games full of confidence thanks to another tremendous international performance.
The duo followed up their silver medal-winning success in Portugal in March by claiming a bronze medal in the second and final leg of a World Cup series event staged in Bulgaria’s capital city, Sofia.
They fended off strong representation from the United States, Belgium, Russia, Ukraine, France and Belarus to seize third spot in the senior women’s pairs category, amply demonstrating why this King Edmund Gym Club partnership are one of Great Britain’s big hopes in the forthcoming and prestigious World Games, a major event held every four years for non-Olympic sports, scheduled to take place in Columbia at the end of July.
Their silver and bronze scores combined over the two World Cup tournaments earned Shanie-Redd and Danielle an overall second placement behind only their Belgian counterparts, prompting King Edmund head coach Nikki Thorne to say: “The girls have shown that they are becoming a stronger and more confident pairing, and it will undoubtedly put them in good heart for what will be the biggest gymnastics event they will participate in when it comes to the World Games.”
The bronze award was not the only medal bagged by the Yate-based club in Sofia – Tyler Kelly and Robert Bates came second in the 12-18 junior pairs’ competition in only their second-ever international outing together, beaten to the top prize by the Kazakhstani team.
“The competition gave Tyler and Rob some valuable experience,” Nikki stressed. “Over the past few months they have shown great potential and I have no doubts they have the capacity to kick on and make the Great Britain squad in time.”
Next up for the boys is the South West Championships at Taunton in July, when they will join around 100 King Eddies’ comrades for the tournament.
Meanwhile there was delight too for Dove Strachan-Wills and Millie Battensby as they took gold in the grade 4 women’s pairs with an “outstanding performance” at the National Development Plan (NDP) Championships at Stoke’s Fenton Manor.
Harry Hole and Marcus Flint also claimed a first, in the grade 4 men’s pairs, while nine-year-olds Kirsten Owen and James Offer, easily the youngest participants in the grade 2 mixed pairs class, did extremely well to finish up fifth.
Other encouraging displays came from Brieanne Foster and Ellie Maggs – fifth in the grade 3 women’s pairs – and Joe Kennedy, Finley Austin, Joel Compton and Alex Reeve, who were third in the grade 1 men’s four event.
The King Edmund contingent helped make up a sum of 500 gymnasts from around the British Isles, all of them regional finals winners in their respective areas.