Bristol Hawks Gymnasts
JAMES MAY ~ International Gymnast for G.B.; Retired from Competitions in 1992,now an International Brevet Judge
James represented Great Britain on numerous occasions and took part in all of the highest level competitions on the world gymnastic scene the highlight being his participation in the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992 where he qualified for the All Around final.
He was Great Britain Champion in 1989.
James represented G.B. at three World Championships: 1985 in Montreal; 1987 in Stuttgart and 1991 in Indianapolis and qualified for the All Around Finals on two occasions.
He took part in five European Championships and qualified for the Vault finals three times.
At the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland he won an incredible 5 medals [1 Gold ~ Vault, 2 Silver ~ Team & Rings and 2 Bronze ~ All Around & Pommel Horse].
He is one of an elite few gymnasts in the world to have an element named after him & has been awarded the ‘Master Gymnast of Great Britain’ for his services to British Gymnastics.
AMY SHARP ~ Current member of Bristol Hawks Elite Squad & Junior International G.B. Gymnast.
Amy was member of British Gymnastics World Class Potential Squad and has been a member of the G.B. National Squad since 2007.
In 2007 she won the British Age Group Level 2 Championships and was selected to attend the U.E.G. International Training Camp in Tirrenia, Italy where she enjoyed training with many of Europe’s top young gymnasts.
In 2008 she travelled to Onesti in Romania with members of the World Class Start Squad for a joint training camp with the Romanian Junior Squad. iN 2010 she was once again selected to train alongside the Romanian Juniors in a joint camp held at the National High Performance Centre in Loughborough University England.
In 2009 she was selected for the G.B. Junior [U’13] team for a three way international in Spergau Germany. She was a part of the winning British Team that beat both the Swiss & German Juniors.
Amy was 3rd in the all around in the Espoir British Championships; Espoir British Champion on Bars; Espoir English Champion on Beam & South West Regional F.I.G. 13 & under champion.
Amy has continued to be selected for G.B. In 2010 she was selected to compete for G.B. traveling to France to take on both the Romanian & French Junior Teams.
RHIAN PUGH ~ International Gymnast for G.B. & Wales. Retired from Competitions in 2008, now an International Junior Brevet Judge & Level 3 WA Coach.
Awarded Master Gymnast of Great Britain for her services to British Gymnastics, Rhian will go down in history as Britain’s first ever woman to achieve a European Gold Medal. She was part of the highly successful Junior European G.B. Team that in 2004 stormed to prominence at the championships held in Amsterdam. Rhian beat strong opposition from the Russians, Ukrainians and Italians to take the Bars title for G.B.
Rhian started her International gymnastics career in 2002 competing for G.B. at the CEFTA Cup in the Czech Republic.
Rhian went on to be selected by G.B. to compete at many of the major gymnastic events through-out the world including World Championships, Senior & Junior European Championships & World Cup events. In 2006 she competed for Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne helping the team to their best ever finish & making the Bar Final. Rhian was well known for her original & elegant work particularly on the Bars.
CAROLYN FYFE ~ International Gymnast for Great Britain; Retired from Competitions in 2007, now a WA Level 5 Coach.
During her gymnastic performance career Carolyn won 12 county titles; 8 regional titles and in 2006 she won the British Universities Senior Elite Title. She has competed for her region, South West, on numerous occasions helping the team to win National titles at both British Schools & Inter-Regional Championships. She has been a member of the SW Regional squad & the Junior National Squad.
In 1996 she was selected to represent Great Britain in a Junior International against Holland.
In 2005 she was selected to represent Great Britain at the World University Games in Turkey where she qualified for the AA final.
In 2007 she was selected to represent Great Britain at the World University Games in Thailand again qualifying for the AA final and achieving a personal best score.
Alongside her gymnastics training Carolyn also studied for a Sports Science Degree graduating with a 2:1 in 2006.
CLAUDIA FRAGAPANE ~ Current member of Bristol Hawks Elite Squad & Great Britain Junior International 2012. Great Britain World Class Potential Squad member 2011 & 2012, South West Senior Champion, Regional Squad & Team Member. Rushmoor Rosebowl Individual Champion 2012; England National Squad Member 2011.
In November 2012 Claudia represented GB at the Coupe Avenir in Belgium winning team Gold and Individual Gold on Vault.
At the 2012 Junior British Championship Claudia won the Ace Trophy for vault, placed 5th overall, was the silver medalist on vault & was also a finalist on beam and floor.
In 2011 Claudia was selected to represent England Juniors on two occasions firstly at a 4-way International on the Isle of Man. The England Team won & Claudia was the top overall scorer; secondly at the UK School Games in Sheffield in September.
At the 2011 Junior British Championships Claudia placed 8th overall & was the bronze medalist on the vault & also a finalist on floor.
At the 2011 English Junior Championships Claudia placed 5th overall.
Claudia won the English Espoir [12/13yrs] Vault Champion title at the English Championships 2010.
She has been selected to represent her region on a numerous occasions. She has been a member of the South West Regional Gymnastics Squad for the last five years.
KELVIN WILLIAMS ~ A Member of Great Britain National Squad for five years, Elite performer Kelvin first came to Bristol Hawks as a toddler & with the local Limes Nursery School [who still have regular sessions at Bristol Hawks].
Kelvin was South West Champion on numerous occasions both in the NDP [setwork] and as Voluntary Apparatus Champion. He was G.B. National Development Plan Champion for three years running from 1998-2000. Kelvin was honoured in 2012 by being chosen as an Olympic torch bearer.
Having gone on to follow his passion for the sport of Basketball both as a top class performer for the Bristol Storm Team and as a coach, Kelvin, is an inspiration to everyone around him selflessly giving up his time volunteering to coach his peers. Through his talent, passion and commitment Kelvin has had a positive impact on the local community and its young people. Kelvin is part of the 55 exceptional young community sports leaders who, through Coca-Cola’s Future Flames campaign, were honoured as official London 2012 Olympic Torchbearers. The chosen individuals are all participants in StreetGames, the sports charity that brings sport to the doorstep of young people in disadvantaged communities across the UK. This was second time in 2012 that Kelvin, had been recognised for his dedication and commitment to delivering basketball to the Bristol community, earlier in the year he fronted the Coca-Cola’s StreetGames billboard campaign. He was chosen to star on the billboard because of his outstanding contribution to his local StreetGames project. First spotted by StreetGames coaches in 2007, Kelvin attended several basketball sessions and soon became part of the Bristol Storm basketball club, where he is a first-team regular for the full National League side.
Bristol Hawks are delighted to see Kelvin doing so well and making a real difference to the lives of young people in Easton.
Well Done Kelvin!
ROWENA NEEDHAM ~ Current member of Bristol Hawks Elite Squad & Great Britain HND Squad member 2012; South West British Schools Junior Team member 2012; This year Rowena qualified for Great Britain’s top competition the ‘British Championships’. This is a massive achievement which only the very gifted, talented and hardworking gymnasts are able to achieve. In 2011 she was South West Regional Level 3 Compulsory Champion
SHANNON LEE ~ Member of Bristol Hawks Elite Squad & Welsh Junior International Gymnast
Shannon first competed for her Home Nation, Wales, at the Celtic Cup in Lisburn Ireland in 2008. She became a regular member of the Junior Team and was part of the gold medal winning teams at both the British Schools Apparatus Championships and the Celtic Cup 2009. Also in 2009 she was selected to represent Wales at the UK School Games in Cardiff where she helped the team to victory. She went on to represent Wales at the World School Games in Qatar. Following Shannon’s good showing at the British Espoir Championships 2009 [8th in the All Around] she earnt her place in the Great Britain World Class Potential Squad. She qualified for apparatus finals on Floor & was first reserve for both the Vault & Beam. In the Espoir British Finals she just missed out on the medals reaching 4th place on Floor.
2010 she continued to compete for Wales helping the team to win Gold in the Celtic Cup.
HARRY ANDREWS ~ Current member of Bristol Hawks Elite Squad & SW Regional Squad member. Harry is the South West Regional U’14 Voluntary Apparatus Champion for 2013.
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