Somerset’s Laura crowned British champ



Somerset trampolinist Laura Gallagher is the new senior women’s British champion after taking first place at the 2017 Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT British Championships at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

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Somerset’s Laura Gallagher is the new trampoline senior women’s British champion after winning the title in Liverpool

Gallagher, from the Quayside club in Bridgwater, scored consistently well across each of her three flights to take an impressive first place with a score of 156.165.

Double Olympian Kat Driscoll struggled on day one of the competition, but battled back to complete a strong final flight to finish second with a score of 151.210. Amanda Harris scored 149.910 to take third.

As well as aiming for the medals, gymnasts used the competition as a trial for November’s World Championships in Bulgaria.

In the men’s competition, home favourite Luke Strong, from City of Liverpool, held his nerve to score 163.915 and win the British title for a third time. Lewis Bartlett, from OLGA, finished second (160.455), with team-mate Elliot Storey finishing third with 144.010.

Said Strong: “It’s great to do it in my home town as all my family and friends are here. It did add a bit of pressure but it was great to have them here.”

In the senior women’s tumbling competition, Lucie Colebeck carried on her good form from qualifying to take the title, scoring 135.400 across her four routines.

Pinewood’s Yasmin Taite finished in second place with 131.200 after being pushed all the way by Rachel Davies, who finished third with 131.000.

Derby City’s Greg Townley came out on top in the senior men’s tumbling event, which saw many world-class routines. Townley produced eye-catching runs to score 147.800, beating Kristof Willerton, who came second with 147.500. Wakefield’s El- liott Browne also scored consistently well (146.600) to take third.

In the double-mini trampoline (DMT) competition, City of Liverpool’s Benjamin Atkins came out on top in front of his home crowd with a score of 145.600. Daniel Berridge fought hard for second with 144.400, and Andrew Houston made up the top three, scoring 143.800.

World Games competitor Kirsty Way, from OLGA, produced a string of stunning routines to claim the women’s title with a score of 135.200.

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