Townley is golden girl after British Championship success

Taylor Townley in action. Picture: Gareth Jones Sports-alive photography
Taylor Townley in action. Picture: Gareth Jones Sports-alive photography
The talented City of Portsmouth boys' squad. Picture: Matthew Reeds

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Taylor Townley shone with a superb display to be crowned British champion in Liverpool.

The talented gymnast has been training hard with her Suki club-mates in Gosport.

Taylor worked extremely hard running up to this competition to end up winning the title

Natalie Porter

She was among 13 members from the club who attended the Aerobic British Championships & NAC (national aerobic code) competition at the Echo Arena.

Townley led the way with her victory, achieving a new personal best score, in the NAC group two 15 to 17-year individual category.

Suki head coach Natalie Porter said: ‘We had 13 gymnasts attend, performing 14 routines.

‘Our biggest result of the competition was Taylor Townley becoming the British champion for the NAC group two individual female category.

‘Taylor worked extremely hard running up to this competition to end up winning the title.’

Suki’s Great Britain gymnast Sian Bennett showed bravery to recover from a fall and seal her place in the finals in her category.

She didn’t let it stop her routine but was withdrawn from the final by the Great Britain physios due to a ligament injury she picked up.

Porter added: ‘Sian qualified for the finals in her category, however, due to a bad landing halfway through her routine, the British Gymnastics physio withdrew her due to ligament damage.

‘Sian was extremely professional and managing to qualify for finals with ligament damage halfway through her routine is incredible.

‘Nine of our gymnasts achieved personal-best scores compared to the last national competition.’

Suki’s next competition is the Alex Strachan Cup, from September 18 to September 20, at Surrey Sports Park.