Lyons at the 2013 British Championships
August 30, 2000 (age 15)
Europa Gymnastics Center
Injured - stress fracture
Catherine Lyons (born August 30 in Dulwich) is an elite British gymnast. She is the 2014 Junior European Floor Exercise Champion. She's known for her flexibility on balance beam and her elegant dance on floor exercise.
She won the British Espoir Championships in 2012 and later won the team final and balance beam at the UK School Games. She also placed third in the all-around at the Coupe Avenir.
In 2013, she placed second with the team and fourth on beam and floor at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival. At the British Espoir Championships in March, she took first on floor, second in the all-around, third on uneven bars, and fifth on balance beam. In August, she was announced as a competitor at the Japan Junior International, alongside compatriot Georgia-Mae Fenton.
In September, she swept the UK School Games. Later, at the Japan Junior International, she placed fourth on beam, sixth on bars, seventh on floor, and eighth in the all-around. In December, she swept the British Espoir Championships.
In early February, footage surfaced of Lyons training a Def on uneven bars. In March, she competed in her first Junior English Championships, winning gold on beam and floor (tied with Amy Tinkler), silver in the all-around, and placing fourth on vault, and eighth on beam. She didn't quite have her best competition at the British Championships, as she had some falls. But she still managed to win gold on floor (again tied with Tinkler), silver on beam, and bronze in the all-around and on vault. In April, she competed at a junior friendly meet against gymnasts from Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Spain, winning team silver and tying for fifteenth in the all-around with Italy's Pilar Rubagotti.
In May, she competed at her first European Championships, winning floor exercise gold, team silver, and placing fourth in the all-around and fifth on beam.
Lyons competed at the Welsh Open, winning gold on every event, except vault, where she won silver. At the English Championships, she won every event except uneven bars, where she placed sixth. At the British Championships, Lyons won gold on every event, except uneven bars, where she won silver. In June, she sustained a stress fracture in her foot that left her out of the European Youth Olympic Festival.
Lyons becomes a senior elite gymnast in 2016, just in time for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
|2012||British Espoir Championships||1st||12||18||1st||1st|
|UK School Games||1st||4||9||1st||5|
|2013||Australian Youth Olympic Festival||2nd||4||4|
|British Espoir Championships||2nd||3rd||5||1st|
|UK School Games||1st||1st||1st||1st||1st||1st|
|Japan Junior International||8||6||4||7|
|British Espoir Championships||1st||1st||1st||1st||1st|
|Sofia European Championships||2nd||4||5||1st|
2013-2014 - "Kissing You" from Romeo and Juliet
2015 - "Hello" by Evanescence