Simm determined to build on Games bow

Kelly Simm

Kelly Simm

Tyesha Kirton in action. Picture: Gareth Jones/Sport-alive photography

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Kelly Simm narrowly missed out on a second medal as England continued their domination of the artistic gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games yesterday.

The Whiteley talent enjoyed a fine start to her Glasgow campaign as she claimed gold in the team event with team-mates Claudia Fragapane, Becky Downie, Ruby Harrold and Hannah Whelan.

That came hours after England’s men had secured their title while a day later, with Simm watching on from the stands, Fragapane, Harrold and Whelan swept the podium in the individual all-around.

The 19-year-old former Henry Cort Community College student returned for her one and only taste of individual action in the vault final yesterday.

But despite topping the standings after her two efforts, finished two places off bronze in fifth.

Fragapane claimed yet another gold to continue an incredible Games.

Simm is now determined to show she can shine individually on the biggest stages, too.

‘Coming in, one of my aims was to make the vault final,’ said the Dynamo School of Gymnastics member.

‘I was so happy to make it and I performed two good vaults.

‘We got the gold as a team and Claudia won the all-around and now the vault.

‘I am so happy for her. She works really hard and she deserves it.

‘I want to prove I am not just a vaulter, I am an all-rounder, so hopefully this experience will really help for the future.

‘It has been so busy that we haven’t had the chance to sit back and think about it but I am done now.

‘It has been an amazing experience and to be up there on the podium with all the team was unreal. It was amazing.’

Simm scored 14.199 for her two vaults, while Fragapane took gold ahead of Canadian Elsabeth Black and India’s Dipa Karmakar after totaling 14.633 for her efforts. And, with the trials for October’s World Championships in China fast approaching, Simm is adamant she will leave Glasgow weighed down with knowledge and experience for the future.

‘The position wasn’t quite what I wanted but I am really happy,’ she said.

‘The atmosphere and being able to perform under pressure will be a great help.

‘We didn’t have a warm up, we came straight out and that was really 
hard.

‘I haven’t done that before so that was good experience for next time.’

n Commonwealth Games England (CGE) leads and manages the participation of the Team England at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. We work with sports, Sponsors and Sport England to support the development of athletes and their sports, and to achieve success at Games-time.

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