Simm leads the way in dynamic display at nationals

Dynamo School of Gymnastics team at the English Championships (March 2013). Back row, from left: Kelly Simm, Casey Spry. Front row, from left: Harry Hayes, Jack Helps, Louis Brunnen
Dynamo School of Gymnastics team at the English Championships (March 2013). Back row, from left: Kelly Simm, Casey Spry. Front row, from left: Harry Hayes, Jack Helps, Louis Brunnen
The talented City of Portsmouth boys' squad. Picture: Matthew Reeds

Southern region joy for Portsmouth boys

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Kelly Simm began her bid for a spot in Team GB with a sixth-place finish in the English Championships.

The Dynamo School of Gymnastics talent has her sights set on a place in the squad for the European Championships.

And she did her chances no harm with a strong showing at the Europa Centre in Crayford, Kent.

After an unsteady start on the floor – with a routine high on difficulty – Simm went from strength to strength.

The former Henry Cort Community College student capped her round with a solid performance on the beam.

Simm finished second on that apparatus – with a score of 13.05.

The south coast talent will now head to Lilleshall for the second European Championships trial.

She then finishes the month in Liverpool for the British Championships – the final chance to impress the selectors.

Simm was not the only Dynamo ace in action at the Europa Centre.

Henry Cort Community College starlet Casey Spry, 13, placed 28th in her 47-strong age group.

Spry competed clean routines on all four apparatus, including a massive Tsukahara somersault vault, for a total of 40.05.

Dynamo also had three Portsmouth boys in action in the under-12 section.

Despite two falls on the pommel horse, Oaklands College talent Jack Helps finished 15th.

Meanwhile, City of Portsmouth Boys School student Louis Brunnen finished 32nd and Harry Hayes, of Admiral Lord Nelson School, finished 24th.

Callum Simms, 14, placed in the top five on the pommel after completing a new routine.

Dynamo head coach Debbie Richardson said: ‘The results from the weekend speak for themselves but also demonstrate the strength in depth that Dynamo have. We are very proud of them all.’