Supreme-talent Maisie Lloyd-Jones qualifies for British Championships

Maisie Lloyd-Jones in action
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Supreme talent Maisie Lloyd-Jones has booked her place in the 2014 British Championships.

Portsmouth Gymnastic Club’s gifted 11-year-old impressed in the compulsory grade two competition in London to earn the qualification score.

She’s now got the chance to perform at the highest level.

The championships will be held next year at the superb Emirates Arena in Glasgow, where the Commonwealth Games also take place.

Lloyd-Jones showed her strength of character as well as her ability with a stunning display to take overall third spot in London.

That came after a slip on the beam did not knock her confidence.

PGC coach Tina Field, who trains Lloyd-Jones at the club’s fantastic Alex Way facility, said: ‘This proved to be an amazing achievement, given the shaky start to her competition.

‘Maisie was the first to compete, starting on beam.

‘She performed her beam mount and then the nerves showed as she fell on a straight-forward dance move.

‘However, her character and determination pulled her through, as that proved to be her only fault in the competition.

‘Maisie went on to produce a stunning performance.

‘She was third overall on the day, with the top scores on vault and range.

‘She displayed a high level of difficulty, coupled with the exacting execution needed to cope with the range and conditioning, imposed by our national technical director – designed to ensure Britain will continue to rise in the world rankings towards Rio and beyond.’

Lloyd-Jones impressed the coaches and judges with her fine performance.

PGC coach Ashley Allen said: ‘Her flowing style gives her routines an artistic flair that drew admiration from top coaches and judges alike.

‘With the national junior coach, Nick Ruddock, among them, this bodes well for the future.’

Lloyd-Jones is back in action this weekend in National Level Two finals.