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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 World Champion.

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 and commitment
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!

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