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  1. Downie out to defend European title

    Ellie Downie

    Great Britain’s reigning European all-around title holder Ellie Downie is set to defend her title in Szczecin, Poland next month after coming back from injury.

    Downie. 19, became the first British gymnast to win a major all-around gold in Cluj in 2017 but was then ruled out of competition after having ankle surgery, missing the Commonwealth Games last year.

    Her inclusion in the four-strong women's squad indicates she is back in shape for this year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification process.

    “I feel like I'm getting back to where I can be and it will be great to go to Poland and try to retain the title," said Downie.

    She is joined by Alice Kinsella, Kelly Simm and former junior Amelie Morgan, who will be making her major senior debut.

    Double Olympic champion Max Whitlock will lead a six-strong men's team which also includes James Hall, Joe Fraser, Courtney Tulloch, Brinn Bevan and Dom Cunningham.

  2. Who should I look out for?

    In the hunt for medals in the men’s masters competition will be Great Britain's double Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock MBE. The Hertfordshire-born gymnast will hope to repeat the success he had on the Pommel Horse in 2018 where he won gold. South Essex teammate Jay Thompson won masters floor silver last year, and will be hoping to go one better here.

    European Championships silver medalist Joe Fraser, who was British Champion in 2017, will also hope to be among the medals.

    In the women’s apparatus finals, Ellie Downie will be hoping to make a strong start to 2019. The 19-year-old became European all-around champion in 2017 and will hope to return to top form after being out of action following surgery on her ankle for most of last year. She has already tasted success at the Championships having won the women's all-around title on Saturday.

    15 year-old Amelie Morgan, who will make her international senior debut for Britain at the European Championships in Szczecin next month, will be in action as will fellow Briton Kelly Simm, who won the all-around title in 2017.

    Ellie Downie
    Image caption: Ellie Downie won the women's all-around title on Saturday at the British Championships
  3. What are the British Championships?

    With less than 500 days to go to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, gymnasts will be keen to impress in the next 12 months and the British Championships is a good place to start.

    Today's schedule will include women's senior apparatus finals where individual titles are available on all four apparatus; the vault, uneven bars, beam and floor exercise.

    Also taking place is the men’s masters, which sees the top eight qualifiers from the senior men’s and under 18 men’s competitions, take to their six pieces of apparatus; the floor exercise, pommel, vault, rings, parallel bars and high bar.

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    Video caption: The British Championships, 13:55 Sunday 17 March, BBC Sport, BBC iPlayer and Red Button
  4. How can I watch?

    You can watch the Gymnastics British Championships live on BBC Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and app plus BBC iPlayer on Sunday, 17 March from 13:55-18:20 GMT.

    The Championships will also be available to watch in full on BBC iPlayer for 30 days.

  5. Get Inspired: How to get into gymnastics

    Get Inspired


    What is Gymnastics?

    Artistic is probably the most well-known form of gymnastics. Women tackle four activities, with men taking on six. These include the vault (run and spring over box), the rings (hoops suspended from the ceiling), the bars (parallel frames to swing between) among others. These activities involve you balancing and performing moves.

    Rhythmic involves performing a routine to music whilst waving a ribbon or balancing a hula-hoop round your hands, feet or neck.

    Acrobatic is the most energetic of all the types of gymnastics. You perform a routine combined of jumps, lifts or lunges, either in pairs or in a group.

    Not sure what style of gymnastics is for you? With 15 different types, all with varying levels of difficulty, there is bound to be one to suit you.

    British, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Gymnastics have tools to help you find the gymnastic activity that suits you and double Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock can show you three exercises below to get you moving.

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    Video caption: Three exercises that look easier than they are!