Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Freddy impresses at national championships

Freddy impresses at national championships

It's been a very successful year for Year 10 student Freddy Nelson.

He won a number of events on the artistic gymnastics circuit, which earned him a place on the Great Britain Development Squad in December.

Following his selection, Freddy has attended a number of training camps at the national centre in Lilleshall in preparation for the national events in March.

Early March saw Freddy compete for the first time at under 16 level at the English Championships, where he was one of the youngest competitors. 

Freddy had an amazing competition coming 4th in the all-around competition, 4th on the high bar and rings, 7th on the floor, and to top off his successful campaign, was crowned 2019 Under 16 English Vault Champion. 

Two weeks later Freddy competed at the British Championships held at the impressive M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool. 

Despite a few errors, Freddy finished an impressive 12th place (out of 58) in the all-around final. Although he felt he had under-performed, he still managed to qualify for a number of apparatus finals.

Freddy finished 7th in the floor final and won two silver medals on the vault and high bar respectively.

Director of Sport, Angela Ponton, said;

"Freddy is a rising star in the gymnastics world and it's great to see these impressive results from both the English and British Championships.

"He's a great ambassador for the school and I hope his recent results will inspire some of our young gymnasts in school."

Gymnastics at RGS is a very popular and successful sport, with teams regularly winning national and regional titles. Most recently, squads achieved podium places at the National Floor, Vault and Trio Championships.