Training camp at Bath Uni goes down well with coach

TEAM England’s rhythmic gymnastics squad continued their build-up to next year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a training week at the University of Bath Sports Training Village.

Squad members Mimi-Isabella Cesar and Stephani Sherlock also took the opportunity to finalise their preparations for the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan.

Overseeing the camp was City of Bath Rhythmic Gymnastics Club’s Sarah Moon, who guided Team GB’s first squad to qualify for an Olympic Games during London 2012, and was Team England coach at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games when England won a bronze team medal. ‘It’s been fantastic again at the University of Bath and staying on campus makes everything easier for the gymnasts with the training and recovery time,’ she said. ‘Training has gone really well. It’s been a chance to reflect after the British Championships and an opportunity to work on new routines and difficulties to take into the new season, which includes the Commonwealth Games trials.

‘We have also had the chance to invite two junior gymnasts with England potential to attend the camp and work with the team and coaching staff. Both are from Ribby Hall, near Blackpool, and this will be an invaluable experience on the next step in their own journey. As we prepare we are following the “making the lion roar, pride” England values of inspiring not just our current athletes but also the next generation.’

The training camp comes hot on the heels of the British Championships in Liverpool where City of Bath, who do some of their training at the South West university, enjoyed great success in both the junior and senior competitions.

BRITISH CHAMPS: The City of Bath espoir (under-12) rhythmic gymnastics squad, with coach Laura Austin, who were crowned all-round British champions for the second year running at the 2017 event in Liverpool
The espoir (under-12) squad, coached by Laura Austin, were crowned as all-round British champions for the second year running, also winning hoop gold and free-routine silver. ‘I am so proud of the girls who have worked incredibly hard to get here,’ said Austin. ‘To win two years in a row is a great achievement and the competition was incredibly tough.’

The senior squad, coached by Moon, also won hoop gold, and took silver in the all-round competition as well as for their rope and ball routines. ‘I am really proud of all the gymnasts who qualified for the British Championships,’ she said. ‘It’s a really prestigious event and being held at the Liverpool Echo Arena has made the event even more special and exciting. The whole club has pulled together to support these gymnasts and the results speak for themselves. Congratulations to everyone.’

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