4th European Aerobic Gymnastics Championships
27-30th October 2005
Recently crowned British Gymnasts of the Year, Katie Cannon and Katie
Richards, both did well last weekend at the 4th European Aerobic Gymnastics
Championships in Portugal. Pitted against gymnasts from 17 other nations,
Katie Cannon, from Heathrow Aerobic Gymnastics Club, proved once again
she is Britainís top aerobic gymnast scoring the highest ever mark achieved
by Great Britain in the Senior Individual Womenís competition at a European
Championships. She was placed 14th with a score of 18.3, less than two
marks behind the winner of the qualification round. Katie Richards, with
a score of 17.05, came 18th out of a field of 28 competitors, dominated
by the Russians and Romanians.
Stephanie Fois did best for Britain in the Junior (15-17) Category, beating
fellow Brit Vicky Smith. Steph scored 15.85 coming 19th out of 26. The
winner of this category scored 19.25, which shows the gap which needs
to be closed if Britain wants to win medals in the future.
The Junior Trio of Stephanie and Heathrow team mates, Chelsey Dixon and
Rachel Murphy, unfortunately lost vital points by not achieving an element
in their routine. This left them in 14th place with just 15.35 against
a winning score of 19.05.
Sebastian De Verteuil, from Pinewood, won the first ever menís medal
for GB at a European Championships, claiming bronze in the 12-14 I.M.
Age Group Category with a score of 17.05. He then went on to come 10th
(out of 12) in the Age Group (12-14) Trio competition with team mates
Fay Manning and Ellie Spooner.
Katie Cannon * 14th 18.300
Katie Richards 18th 17.050
Junior (15-17) I.W
Stephanie Fois* 19th 15.850
Victoria Smith 23rd 15.400
Junior (15-17 Trio)
Stephanie Fois* 14th 15.350
Age Groups (12-14) I.M
Sebastian De Verteuil 3rd Bronze 17.05
Age Groups (12-14) I.W
Katie Mc Donnell 12th 16.650
Chrystal Haselden 15th
Age Groups (12-14) Trio
Sebastian De Verteuil 10th 15.700
* Gymnasts from Heathrow Aerobic Gymnastics Club
.Report by Val Lewis