Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Freddy's star continues to rise

Freddy's star continues to rise

Year 9 student, Freddy Nelson, has been rising through the ranks in British Gymnastics over the past few years, which saw him named one of Sport Newcastle's Rising Stars in 2017.

This is Freddy's second year competing in the Under 14 category, and he has shown that he is capable of performing across all of the apparatus. After an intensive period of training, which included coaching by a former GB coach, Freddy was in good form and well prepared for the English and British Championships.

At the English Championships in February, Freddy was up against 58 boys from across all corners of the country. He had a great competition, putting in some new elements that he'd been working on and had no falls on any piece of apparatus. He scored a superb 71.200, which saw him finish the all-around competition in 6th. The five gymnasts above him were all current members of the GB squad, but Freddy also managed to beat a further two.

On to the British Championships in February, held at Liverpool's Echo Arena, this is the competition that sees all the top names in British Gymnastics in one venue for a whole weekend. Freddy was competing next to his idols and Olympic and World medallists!

In the all-around competition, Freddy had two mistakes in his floor and high bar routine, however he still finished in 7th place with a score of 70.950. This score and his individual apparatus scores meant he qualified to compete in the individual finals for vault, parallel bars and rings. He finished a fantastic 4th on rings, 5th on vault and 7th on parallel bars. 

A super set of results for Freddy and we don't doubt it'll not be long before he gets the GB nod.