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OLGA finished off 2019 with a bang! Bringing home 4 World medals and 9 World finalists at the Trampoline, Tumbling & DMT World Championships in Tokyo, in December.

Kirsty Way (DMT) & Isabelle Songhurst (TRA) had a very successful championships, both finishing top 10 in the World individually, and bringing home 2 World silver team medals with their respective GBR teammates! Both will be looking to emulate or better their successes at the European Championships in Sweden in May 2020.

The juniors followed the week afterwards at the World Age group Championships.

George Corben (13-14 Boys Trampoline) finished a very respectable 12th individually in a very competitive age group. This rounded off a very successful 2019 competition season for George, solidifying his place on the GBR Junior National Squad for 2020.

Ben Collington-Mears made his second World final in Tokyo. After finishing 6th in 11-12 Boys in Bulgaria in 2017, he moved up an age group and 1 place to finish 5th in 13-14 Boys Tumbling in Tokyo and gain him a place on the GBR Junior National Squad for 2020!

Ben Goodall achieved a fantastic finish to his junior career and took home the first World medal for the OLGA Tumbling program and for Ben becoming World Bronze medallist in 17-21 Men! He also was leading in 1st place after the qualification round.  What a wonderful end to a fabulous 2 years for Ben being unbeaten in any domestic British Gymnastics competition since the beginning of 2018 and culminating in a World medal!

Some fantastic successes for the OLGA DMT program, with 4 gymnasts competing, 3 making the final, and all finishing in the top 10 in the World!

Maddi Tarrant (15-16 Girls) had a storming championships winning a World silver medal as a first year athlete in the age group!  Maddi also achieved a PB score at the championships with her fantastic balance of difficulty and execution.

Otis McAuliffe (15-16 Boys) produced some stunning work in Tokyo to finish a very credible 5th individually. After a rocky domestic season, it was unsure as to whether Otis would get selected to the team but he more than proved his placed and was the highest finishing GBR athlete in his age group.

Grace Owen (13-14) had a narrow miss of a medal just finishing in 4th by a small margin.  Grace impressed with her consistency and composure as always, and delivered the highest execution score of the final. Looking forwards, we would also like to congratulate Grace for being selected to the GBR Junior National Team for 2020!

Hope Burgess (15-16 Girls) took full advantage of the opportunity to compete at her first World Age Group Championships, and just narrowly missed making the final finishing in a fantastic 9th place.

As a club, OLGA brought home medals from the World Championships and World Age Group Championships in ALL 3 disciplines! Such an amazing achievement, and the only club in Great Britain to do so!

Huge congratulations to all of the athletes, and their personal coaches as we look forwards to the potential successes of 2020!

Ben Goodall with Coach Mikey Barnes
OLGA’s World Age Gymnasts

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