Women's artistic


Ellie Downie wins Youth Olympic Bronze

Categories // Gymnastics For All, Women's artistic



An historic all-around Bronze medal for Ellie Downie and Gold for Giarnni Regini-Moran have got the 2014 Youth Olympic Games off to a fantastic start for Team GB.

Both gymnasts performed brilliantly to claim our first ever all-around medals in the event. Ellie has scooped the Bronze medal in the all-around women's artistic final at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games! An amazing achievement with plenty more still to offer. Ellie's competition did not go quite to plan. On floor, the final apparatus, she fell on her first tumble, an uncharacteristic mistake for her, but she will be all the stronger for it. It puts her in a strong position for medals in the apparatus finals which take place on the 23rd and 24th August. Ellie will be competing floor, beam and vault. Ellie was the highest placed gymnast on vault in both the qualification rounds and the finals. Ellie said after,” I am really happy because my expectation for the all-around final wasn’t really a medal. I was hoping for top six or top ten but after I qualified second I really wasn’t expecting that, and then to win bronze is great - I am really pleased with myself. I was just hoping to go out there and do my best and enjoy it so this means everything for me.”

Good luck Ellie!

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Good luck Ellie and Giarnni!


Ellie qualifies in 2nd for Youth Olympic all-around finals

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Ellie Downie had a great start to the competition in Nanjing, finishing in 2nd place in the qualification rounds and qualifying for 3 apparatus finals. Ellie's only error was on her first apparatus, bars, where she had a fall. This resulted in missing out on the bars final. However, true to form Ellie put that behind her and focussed on the rest of the competition gaining confidence with each piece. Her spectacular vault meant she was still leading in first place after 2 sub-divisions.

AA Qualification Results: Top 18 qualify


Vault Qualification


Beam Qualification


Floor Qualification


Ellie will now compete in the all around finals on Wednesday and the apparatus finals on Saturday & Sunday.

Well done Ellie!


Ellie Downie all set for the Youth Olympics in Nanjing

Categories // Women's artistic

Notts would like to wish Ellie Downie good luck at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing!
Ellie is the sole gymnast representing Britain in the Women's Artistic all-around competition.
She has travelled with coach Claire Starkey along with the junior boys' gymnast Giarnni Regini Moran from Europa.


The slogan of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games is “Share the Games, Share our Dreams”. Nanjing 2014 aims to boost self-understanding, active participation and creativity in young people both in the sports arena and in everyday life.

Women's Artistic Schedule - Local time/ Standard Time Zone: GMT/UTC + 08:00 hours

Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre

Monday August 18th (Day 2) - Women's qualification

11.00-13.00, 14.30-16.30, 19.00-21.00

Wednesday August 20th (Day 4) - Final Women Individual all-around

19.00 - 21.40

Saturday August 23rd & Sunday 24th (Days 7 & 8) - Men's & Women's Individual Apparatus Finals

19.00 - 22.00




"It was amazing to train with the elites and to see the medals."

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Training Day - 6th August 2014

There was no rest for Claire and Becky on their return from Commonwealth Games, as 20 young gymnasts were eagerly waiting to join them and the elites at Notts. The elites - Becky, Ellie, Jess, Katy, Georgia and Laura were ready to meet and help the gymnasts for a three hour training session..

The gymnasts were able to spend time talking to Claire and the elites and were able to ask the elites important questions such as "How many leotards have you got?" and "How many hours do you train for?"
Gymnasts had the chance to work on each piece of apparatus and to spend time with each elite. The elites and Claire were on hand to offer their top tips and advice on how the gymnasts could improve their skills.


After the GB teams Commonwealth success, the gymnasts attending were eager to see the Commonwealth medals and Becky was able to share both her European and Commonwealth medals, to show the gymnasts what happens when all the hard work and dedication works! The session ended with the girls being able to have photographs with the elites and Claire and to have postcards and t-shirts from their goodie bags signed.

There was some lovely feedback from gymnasts and parents attending the event. Participants came from near and far including Cheshire, Lincoln and some even landing at 4.30am in the morning from the Isle of Man to attend!


"It was amazing to train with the elites and to see the medals." (gymnast)

"Thank you for the amazing opportunity! It was a great day!" (Parent)

"Becky is amazing and it's made my summer holiday very special!" (gymnast)

Thank you to everyone involved in organising the event and especially to Claire and the elites for their support and time. The training day is one way we are able to raise funds and is a great opportunity for gymnasts to meet and train with those elite gymnasts that they look up to and are inspired by. Maybe seeing the medals and meeting our elites, will inspire one of the gymnasts attending to strive to have their own Commonwealth medal one day!


Kerry Hill
Chair of Womens Artistic Fundraising Committee

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