Cannon set for China!
Recently returned from a World Series event in Clermont Ferrand,
France, Katie Cannon, Britain’s no. 1 ranked aerobic gymnast and
current Gymnast of the Year, is now busy preparing for the World
Championships. The 9th FIG World Aerobic Gymnastics Championships
is being held in Nanjing, East China, from 1st – 3rd June 2006
Katie, 21, a student at St. Mary’s University in Twickenham, has
upped her game since the British Championships back in October,
where she was squeezed into second place. Her stunning routine
to the music of Titanic, now includes a “Moldovan” and a one-armed
L-support turn – technical elements which give her a higher difficulty
score. Still nursing a sprained forearm, Katie put the routine
out for the first time in France last weekend. There was controversy
over one element which the judges deducted, however she was pleased
to finish with a score of 17.1 against some of the best in the
world. The Romanians and Russians were outstanding, but the winner
of the senior womens’ section was Lopez from Brazil, a former
Katie competed at the World Championships in Bulgaria two years ago,
when she was inexperienced on the world stage; this time she knows what
to expect from the world's best but she knows too that she's improved
and her sights are set higher. For an athlete who is self-funded and having
to balance studies with part-time work, not to mention training, a climb
up the rankings will be no small achievement compared to the professional/semi-professional
athletes from other nations. A fact which underlines Katies determination
to her sporting career.
Katie’s own coaches from Heathrow Aerobic Gymnastics Club, Gary Jarvis
and Natalia Ilienko-Jarvis, have been selected as official Head of Delegation
and Coach, and Judge, respectively, for the GB squad’s trip to China.
A real accolade for the club!
<< back to main news page