Tumblers earn GB call-ups to face best in the world.
Byline: GYMNASTICS By LESLEY BROWNE
FIVE tumblers from the City Of Birmingham Gymnastics Club will take on the best in the world next month after proving they are among Great Britain's stars of the future.
Kallum Mulhall's blossoming talent has earned him a move into the senior ranks of the British team at the age of 17 and he has been called up to the Senior Trampoline And Tumbling World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria from November 5-9. Four other team-mates - Jaydon Paddock, Mia Bevan, Hope Sutherland and Megan Surman - have also been called up for the World Age Group Championships in Bulgaria after starring at the British Championships.
Mulhall has been prematurely moved into the senior team ranks as a result of the quality and outstanding high-tariffed competency of his tumbles.
He recently competed in the Spanish World Cup series event, finishing fifth in a world-class field.
In the final, his first pass featured a round off, double straight somersault, whip flick into double straight and somersault into whip flick triple pike somersault. Then he followed up with a round off, full twisting double straight somersault into whip flick, full twisting double straight and whip flick into double twisting double tucked somersault for a score of 65.80.
His call-up to the GB squad is an outstanding achievement and it is very unusual for a first-year senior to be selected for a major senior event, especially the Senior World Championships.
Paddock, a student at Wood Green Sports Academy, produced an aweinspiring performance at the British Championships at the Echo Arena in Liverpool by competing two amazing high-grade tumble passes to become 15/16 age group champion.
The female tumblers at the City of Birmingham GC were also celebrating.
Bevan took silver in the 13/14 age group in Liverpool and has been selected for GB.
Sutherland was fifth in the 11/12 age group in Liverpool, and followed up by taking second at the Loule Cup International, Portugal, in October.
Those performances have meant she will represent GB for her first World Age Group Championship in Bulgaria.
Surman took the bronze medal at the British Championships in the 17/21 age group.
"This is an absolutely amazing set of achievements for City Of Birmingham tumblers," said Chris Porter, head tumbling coach at the City Of Birmingham GC.
"They all did a great job and had a very good British Championships; I'm delighted that they have gained the national and international recognition they deserve. Definitely keep your eyes open for them in the future."
City Of Birmingham tumblers enjoyed an excellent competition at the British Championships in Liverpool