Success for Team NI at Northern Europeans 2013

LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, November 25, 2013: The Finnish men and the Welsh women successfully defended their team titles at the 2013 Northern European Gymnastics Championships, held this weekend in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
Finland returned several members of its men’s team that captured the team title last year to mount a successful title defense, the team’s 247.475 points outpacing Scotland (243.600) and Wales (241.025) in a tightly contested race.
The Welsh women once again took the team gold with 155.150 points, besting Scotland (153.300) and host country Northern Ireland (147.250), which climbed from ninth place in 2012 to bronze this year after strong contributions from all team members, including 2013 FIG World Championships competitors India McPeak and Nicole Mawhinney.
In the Women’s All-around final, Scotland’s Amy Regan tied 2012 Junior European British team member Georgina Hockenhull for the title, each scoring 52.600. Wales’sElizabeth Beddoe finished with the bronze (51.100).
Regan continued her success with gold medals on Vault (13.763 average) and Floor (13.775), and also added a silver on Balance Beam (12.700), bringing her total medal count to five at this Championships. Northern Ireland newcomer Casey Bell claimed three medals for the host country in event finals, sharing gold on Uneven Bars with Finland’s Erika Pakkala (12.650) and winning silver on Vault (13.500) and bronze on Floor (12.575). Erin McLachlan gave Scotland another gold on Balance Beam (13.4).
In the men’s competition, Norway’s Stian Skjerahaug posted 82.500 points to win the All-around, with Sweden’s Oskar Kirmes taking silver (81.750) and Welsh veteran Clinton Purnell bronze (80.900). Skjerahaug added another three medals in event finals, winning gold on Parallel Bars (14.250) and adding bronzes on Pommel Horse (13.800) and Horizontal Bar (13.475).
Finnish gymnasts won half the golds up for grabs in men’s event finals: Juho Kanerva and Markku Vahtila took gold on Pommel Horse (14.475) and Still Rings (15.200), respectively, 2010 European Vault champion Tomi Tuuha easily won his specialty (14.363).
Other gold medalists included Ireland’s Christopher O’Connor on floor (14.550) and Scotland’s Liam Davie on Horizontal Bar (14.35), who improved from his silver medal finish on the same event in 2012.
Reigning European Pommel Horse champion Daniel Keatings competed four events for Scotland in Lisburn, taking silver on Pommel Horse (14.075) and just missing out on bronze on Parallel Bars (13.600). Keatings and British teammate Daniel Purvis, have both declared their intention to continue representing Scotland when they can, including at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Related: Full results of the Northern European Championships can be found here: http://goo.gl/GUOAb3