Sportsafe UK Gymnastics Ambassador Alice Kinsella has made British history in becoming European beam champion at the recent games in Poland. This is the first time a British gymnast has won European gold on that apparatus.
This most recent gold medal makes it Alice’s second at a major senior gymnastics championship, following on from her incredible performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia in 2018.
Competing in this year’s European Championships held in Szczecin, Poland, Alice secured glory after scoring a fantastic 13.566, to beat her nearest competitor by 0.1 marks on the beam.
Alice, who admitted her all-around competition did not go to plan, knew she had to put it right on the beam in the competition on Friday’s final, and that she did.
It was a near perfect performance from the British Gymnast, who produced a wonderful, strong beam routine. It was a magnificent performance that combined her acrobatic skills, alongside controlled spins, leaps and summersaults along the SPIETH Gymnastics beam.
There was a slight wobble after some complex backwards summersaults, but she coped with this well, stabilized herself and continued with a superb flowing performance. She finished her performance with a graceful dismount, landing herself in the history books as well.
With barely any time to celebrate her gold medal winning performance after the medal ceremony, she was immediately back into action as she was involved in the floor final, where she scored an impressive 13.1, which was an improvement on her qualifying result and moved her to seventh place overall in the competition.
Alice will now continue her training for selection for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, where she hopes to represent Great Britain and add to her growing collection of medals.