AYOF champion Mattis takes British junior all-around title
March 22, 2013 17:39 pm
Tyesha Mattis claimed the women’s junior all-around title at the British Championships in Liverpool – two months after securing gold in the same event at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
Mattis, who individually won the all-around and vault titles Down Under as well as bronze on the floor and bars, dominated from start to finish to end with an overall winning total of 55.050.
Amy Tinkler, a gold and silver medallist on the floor and vault respectively at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, placed second with 53.800 while Ellie Downie was third with 51.550.
Mattis scored 14.450 on the vault, 13.200 on the uneven bars, 14.100 on the beam and 13.300 on the floor for the win and couldn’t hide her delight at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
“I’m really happy with myself,” said Mattis, who joined forces with Tinkler to also win silver in the team competition at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
“I just wanted to try my best. Last year I was injured and just did bars, so to come and do all-around and win is amazing. I wasn’t too nervous which was good.
“I had a bit of an idea of how the competition was going and knew I was doing well and then to see the final results was brilliant, I’m really happy.”
Meanwhile Tinkler admitted the experience of competing at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival earlier in the year helped her claim what she described as an unexpected second place.
“I’m really happy. I went clean on all pieces and that was what I was here for. I wasn’t expecting to take silver as I’m first year junior so it feels amazing,” said Tinkler.
“I was a little bit nervous coming in to it but the experience of competing in events like the Australian Youth Olympic Festival really helped me and I’m very proud of what I achieved.”
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