Naana is flying high after retaining British title

Naana Oppon retained her title at the British Tumbling Championships in Liverpool.

Wednesday, 13th July 2016, 6:00 am
Naana Oppon

Competing in the 9-10 age group, the Milton Keynes Gymnastics star put in a sensational performance, with judges awarding her 97.800 to retain her championship.

MK Gymnastics had 18 successful athletes gain their place making them one of the biggest clubs in the country attending the event.

While Naana won the 9-10s title, Bobby Candler and Daisy Copestake unfortunately failed to qualify for the final, narrowly missing out on spots in the top eight.

Freddy Liggins and Jack Leahy

It was better news for Freddy Liggins, who came sixth in qualification to make it through to the finals. And although it was his first British Championships, the youngster showed no signs of nerves by improving his scores enough to get on the finalk step of the podium, taking home a bronze medal with a score of 91.700.

In the 11-12 category, Gabriella Miles took fifth spot in the girl’s competition, while Jake Parry came fourth in the boy’s event, with Robert Missen fifth. Malakai Bojang, performing in a new age category, just missed out on qualifying for the finals.

Jack Leahy, performing in the 13-14 category, completed some difficult routines but qualifying comfortably first for the final. And another incredible routine blew the field away as he was crowned British Champion, improving on his silver medal from last year.

Jacob Tuck and Kieran Craig were next up in the 15–16 category next to the seniors this was the hardest group to be in with all four of the European Championship winning team being in this age group they had a big task ahead, both boys landed their skills and had an overall fantastic competition it just wasn’t quite enough in difficulty to be able to make a finals appearance.

Freddy Liggins and Jack Leahy

In the 17-18 category, James Odwell came sixth, but Dominic Wyatt missed out on the final.

In the Senior Men’s category, William Breslin’s performance secured sixth place and a spot on the GB team to compete in the World Cup in Portugal, while team-mate Dylan Zastron was seventh.