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British Men's Gymnastics Championships Head to Wigan
Monday 29th October, 2007

British Men's Gymnastics Championships Head to Wigan
Daniel Keatings

The elite of the UK’s male gymnastics talent will descend on Robin Parks Sports Centre in Wigan to compete for the British Championship Titles over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th November.

The field of gymnasts on display is one of the strongest to ever compete in a British Championships as the British gymnasts have made great strides on a world level in 2007. The recent World Gymnastics Championships were a fantastic success for Team GBR who is now firmly placed amongst the front runners in world gymnastics.

European silver medallist Daniel Keatings will compete head to head against his great rival and team-mate Louis Smith, the World Bronze medallist, Commonwealth and European Junior Gold medallist on the Pommel Horse.

This is just one of the mouth watering battles to take place over a weekend of competition that will see British Champions declared in four age groups culminating in the crowning of the 2007 Senior British Champion. Last year’s champion and Great Britain captain Ross Brewer will be fighting hard to defend his title.

The crowds will be treated to a great range of action on six different pieces of apparatus and once again the spectacle of gymnastics will be available for FREE for children aged under 14. The all-around competition will see gymnasts compete on all six events with scores added to decide the final placings.

As an extra treat, on Sunday, there will also be a hi-octane 'British Masters Apparatus Championships’ that pits the very best on each apparatus against each other.

Trevor Low, Chair of the Men’s technical Committee said: “The last two years has seen unprecedented progress in British Men’s gymnastics, with the team jumping 8 places in the World rankings up to 15th, winning 2 individual places at the Beijing China Olympics. The target of making the top 12 teams for the London Games in 2012 is ambitious but achievable. British Seniors had better watch their backs. There are some brilliant juniors competing this year who are determined and able to steal places in the National Team”.

Rodney Hill, Chief Executive of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust said: “We are delighted to be hosting this prestigious national event again this year. The quality of the athletes on show is sure to inspire our local talent to work harder and develop their own skills further. Children will also be able to enjoy all of the action for free; a great incentive for families and young people to come and experience this awe-inspiring event.”

Schedule:

Saturday 3rd November
Competition 1: Under 16 British Championships
Doors Open: 09:00

Competition 2: Under 18 and Senior British Championships
Doors Open: 11:45

Competition 3: Under 14 British Championships
Doors Open: 17:00

Sunday 4th November
Competition 5: The British Masters
Doors Open: 09:15

Competition 6: Under 12 British Championships
Doors Open: 12:45

Ticket Information:
Tickets for the British Championships can now be purchased online or over the phone using TicketWeb. Log on to www.british-gymnastics.org. Tickets will also be available on the day at Robin Park Sports Centre.

KIDS GO FOR FREE! - Yes that's right! This is a unique opportunity as we are offering the chance for children aged 14 and under to watch the whole competition free of charge. Offer is available to all Gymnastics Clubs, Schools, friends and members of the public. A limited supply of free children's tickets are available, by contacting Emma Burton at British Gymnastics (08451297129 ext 332).


Ticket Prices:
Adults Day Ticket: £10.00
Concessions Ticket (Aged 15 -18 years old and OAP): £5.00
Adult Weekend: £15.00
Concession Weekend Ticket: £7.50
Souvenir Programmes: £3.00



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