Big boost for British gymnastics team

THE Great Britain team received a big confidence boost ahead of the World Championships with victory in the triangular international held in Ipswich on Saturday.

THE Great Britain team received a big confidence boost ahead of the World Championships with victory in the triangular international held in Ipswich on Saturday.

THE British team secured the victory at the Ipswich Gymanstics Centre at Gainsborough Sports Centre with 354.55 points.

The Swiss team were second with 353.85 points and the Dutch third with 344.9 points.

British youngsters Daniel Keatings and Daniel finished second and fourth, between overall individual winner Jefferey Wammes and Dennis Mannhart from Switzerland.


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Men's technical committee chairman, Trevor Low said: “For the GBR challenge to improve World Championships rankings this result is crucial as it gives huge confidence and belief that the gymnasts are good enough to join the first division of world gymnastics.

“This is the first time in decades that we have beaten the senior Swiss team so now the British go in to the final training camp before Stuttgart with a positive, determined and excited attitude that will carry them though to Germany.”

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Eddie Van Hoof, technical director for Men's Artistic Gymnastics, added: “This gives us a huge boost of confidence but we won't get too carried away as we know there is still a lot of work to do before Stuttgart, but overall we are very happy with the day's competition.”

A big crowd enjoyed the fantastic hospitality that was laid on by the Pipers Vale Gymnastics Club, which will host a mouthwatering women's international between Great Britain and Brazil on Saturday, August 18.

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