On Sunday 26th March five Jersey Special Gymnasts competed at the 2017 British Disability Masters Gymnastics Championships at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
Alex Buesnel, Aaron Bonnar, James Lang, Matthew Kirkland and Cailiegh Quail are some of the best disability gymnasts in Great Britain. They attended Podium Training on Saturday evening where they had the chance to practice their routines in the Arena in preparation for Sundays competition
Arriving early on Sunday morning at the Arena there was already a large crowd gathering to watch the top mainstream and disability gymnasts in Great Britain compete for the Apparatus titles
Cailiegh Quail was first to compete in the Women’s uneven bars where she gave a great performance completing a clean routine to take 6th place overall.
The Disability Men competed Sunday afternoon to a full capacity crowd. British Gymnastics put on a fantastic display, as gymnasts entered the arena there were pillars with fire and smoke and lots of laser lights adding to the drama of the event.
Alex Buesnel had an outstanding competition winning 5 Masters titles. He had to work really hard this year to keep ahead of his teammates and other competitors, but he managed to keep his composure and he produced some great routines, winning Floor, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and Pommel. He took 4th place on High Bar after a fall on landing, his only error of the day.
It was the first time Matthew Kirkland has been to this event and he had a great competition, winning the Disability Masters title on High Bar, taking 3rd place on Pommel and Floor. Matthew really enjoyed the experience and was extremely pleased with his success.
Aaron Bonnar took 3 medals, Silver on High Bar and Bronze on Rings and Parallel Bars. Aaron has really improved the difficulty in his routines this year and he was rewarded with some great scores.
James Lang took a Silver medal on Pommel with a clean routine and he was 4th on three other pieces of apparatus. James was happy with his performances and really enjoyed the experience.
It is always great to have disability sport alongside mainstream as it gives members of the public a chance to see the ability of these young ambassadors.