Simm wins silver but knows she can do better

Kelly Simm. Picture: Sarah Standing (141944-3911)
Kelly Simm. Picture: Sarah Standing (141944-3911)
The talented City of Portsmouth boys' squad. Picture: Matthew Reeds

Southern region joy for Portsmouth boys

  • Simm wins vault silver but misses out on the overall title
  • British Championships the final trial for European selection
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Kelly Simm was pleased with her performance at the British Championships at the weekend but knows she could have done better.

The Commonwealth gold medallist’s best performance at the Liverpool Arena was in the vault, where she finished joint-second with a score of 14.175.

She also just missed out on a medal in the all-around women’s competition.

There were plenty of positives for Simm but there is always room for improvement, which the 19-year-old is keen to acknowledge.

‘I’m happy with some of the performances but I could have done better,’ she said.

‘I came fourth overall, which I was fairly happy with despite the mistakes.’

The Great Britain athlete was disappointed with her score of 12.200 on the beam on Saturday, which meant she did not qualify for Sunday’s final.

She also missed out on a top-eight showing in the uneven bars, placing ninth with 12.800.

Simm said: ‘I’m most disappointed with my beam because I made a mistake on that.

‘It’s just annoying when it goes well in training and then doesn’t happen in the big competition.

‘But I know that can happen sometimes.’

One apparatus that did go well for the Whiteley gymnast was her speciality, the vault.

She made 14.500 in her opening vault and 13.850 in her second effort, giving her an average of 14.175.

The Southampton Solent student wasn’t able to defend her British title from last year, though, as Claudia Fragapane took the honours with 14.350.

‘I did a new vault and my first score was the highest I’ve scored with it so that was a really big positive,’ Simm said.

Now she is confident that with a little bit of fine-tuning, she can push up her average score even more.

The News sportswoman of the year came joint fourth in the floor final with a score of 13.550 – exactly the same as Cardiff Central gymnast Angel Romaeo.

Newcomer Amy Tinkler took the overall title with an impressive total of 14.450.

It was the first time Simm had trialled her new floor routine and she was pleased with the outcome.

‘It was really good to perform that routine in the big arena,’ said the Dynamo gymnast.

‘It was nice to do something different, I really enjoyed it.

‘The routine is faster, so it’s harder in that respect, but the tumbles are the same. I was happy with how that routine went.’

The championships also counted as the final trial to make the Great Britain squad for next month’s European Championships in Montpellier.

There were two trials at the national centre in Lilleshall and a third at the English championships a fortnight ago.

Simm travels to Shropshire today for normal training and will find out in the next week whether she is one of four gymnasts to be included in the national squad.

‘I’m not sure if I’ll get in the squad,’ she added.

‘It depends what the selectors are looking for.’