Rising star gymnast Abi picked for Team GB debut

Joseph Bulmer

Rising star gymnast Abi Martin is poised to make her Team GB debut.

The South Devon School of Gymnastics' 13-year-old was invited to attend a trial for an International competitions part of the GB Junior squad.

She competed extremely well in front of International judges and her performance was good enough to impress the national coaches and secure a place in a five-strong team to compete at the DBT team cup in Germany in March.

A South Devon School of Gymnastics spokesman said: "This is a fantastic achievement. As one of the youngest gymnasts to trial, she will be the club's first ever gymnast to represent Great Britain at an international competition."

Abi is now on the lookout for sponsors.

The South Devon School of Gymnastics have kicked off 2022 with a bang, continuing on from a successful end to 2021.

At the end of 2021 Abi, Abi Yates, Emily Wells, and Ivy Taylor were all crowned county champions in their age groups.

Madison Wood, Emily Bowden, Faith Page Dove, Lilly Stone, Maddie Maddock, and Freya Gill also picked up silver and bronze medals. The club's under 9 level 5 and level 6 teams were also crowned #county team champions.

Abi's selection for the GB squad was on the back of her placement at the British Espoir Championships in November 2021. At the British Championships she placed 4th overall and was crowned the British Vault Champion.

On January 16 the club took two gymnasts to trial for the South West of England regional squad. Both Willow Mae Calland (8) and Lilly Stone (10) were successful in their trial and alongside Abi who was pre-selected have been named as members of the regional squad for this year

To finish off a fantastic month for the gymnasts, the club took seven-year-old Qiao Qiao, nine-year-old Maddie Maddock and 10-year-olds Freya Gill, Jasmine Philpott, and Abi Yates to trials for the Devon County squad. All five girls showed some classy work and were thrilled to find out that they had been selected for the 2022 squad. The girls will be joined in the Devon squad by Abi, Lilly and Willow who were pre-selected based on their regional squad place.

The club is looking forward to a busy February with two county competitions, a GB Junior squad camp, County and Regional squad training sessions.

The club runs sessions for toddlers to teens from beginners to elite gymnasts. For more information on the club or to enquire about spaces please contact enquiries.southdevongym@gmail.com or alternatively you can find us on Facebook (South Devon School of Gymnastics)