Year 6 student at The Royal High School in Bath competed for the South West Team in the British Gymnastics National Age Group Championships last weekend in Guildford, against the best 54 gymnasts from all over the UK. The South West team finished in an unprecedented second place in their age group, taking the Team Silver medal, whilst Amelie put in an outstanding performance on all four apparatus to finish in individual first place, taking the Gold Medal and being crowned British Champion at her age group.
Amelie trains with her team at Bristol Hawks Gymnastics Club, one of the top clubs in Great Britain and which is home to Olympic Gymnast Claudia Fragapane.
At the Voluntary National Age Group Championships, the gymnasts compete moves of their own choice rather than the set moves which they perform in the grades events although some categories of moves are still set and must be performed – the gymnasts have more choice about how to fulfill a particular requirement.
Amelie’s father, Andrew, says “This is a remarkable achievement and a reward for the dedication, hard work and commitment that she has put into her sport for the last year.
Her success this year would not have been possible without the support of The Royal High School, most notably Miss Hughes, Miss Gurney, Mrs Sharples, Mrs Banks and Miss Drew who have been extremely supportive in terms of flexibility, scheduling and homework”