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Kelly Simm
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Simm at the 2016 British Championships

Full name

Kelly Jay Simm

Country represented

Flag of Great Britain Great Britain
Flag of England England

Born

April 23 1995 (1995-04-23) (age 22)
Southampton, Hampshire, England, UK

Years on National Team

2010-present

Club

Dynamo School of Gymnastics

Coach(es)

Keith & Debbie Richardson

Current status

Active

Kelly Simm (born April 23 in Southampton, Hampshire) is a British elite gymnast. She's the 2015 Universiade All-Around Champion and made history by being the first British gymnast to win that title. She is also the 2014 English National Champion on floor exercise and the 2014 British National Champion on vault. She was also a member of the bronze-medal winning British team at the 2015 World Championships. She trains at Dynamo School of Gymnastics under Keith and Debbie Richardson.

Career

Junior Career

Simm made her international debut in 2010, at a friendly meet against Australia, where she won gold on vault and bronze on floor exercise.

Senior Career

2011-2012

Simm made her senior debut at the British School Games, winning silver in the all-around. She went on to compete at the Rushmoor Rosebowl, winning bronze in the all-around, on vault, and balance beam.

At the English Championships in 2012, she won silver on vault and placed fifth on floor. She went on to win team bronze in two friendly meets, one against Switzerland, the other against Germany. At the British Championships, she won vault bronze and placing fifth on floor. She returned to the Rushmoor Rosebowl, winning balance beam gold, and vault silver. She went on to compete at another friendly meet, this time against Germany and Romania, winning team bronze and placing tenth in the all-around. She was not named to the British team for the Olympics in London, but continued to compete afterwards. At the end of the year, she competed at the Voronin Cup in Russia, placing fourth on vault, fifth on bars and floor, and seventh with her team, in the all-around, and on balance beam.

2013

At the British Championships, she won silver on vault and placed seventh in the all-around, bars, and beam, and went on to finish seventh at the British Team Championships. In late summer, she competed at the Turnen Dames Interland in the Netherlands, winning vault bronze, and placing sixth on floor and eighth in the all-around. In the fall, she competed at the Elite Gym Massilia in France, winning team bronze, and placing sixth on vault and fourteenth in the all-around. She returned to France in December for the Pas de Calais Internationals, winning team gold, vault and bars silver, and all-around bronze.

2014

At the English Championships, she won floor exercise gold, all-around silver, vault bronze, and placed fifth on bars and beam. At the British Championships, she claimed her first National title on vault, and placed sixth in the all-around and on balance beam. She competed at a friendly meet in Munich against Germany and Spain, winning team gold and placing fourth in the all-around.

Although she didn't compete at the European Championships, she was named to the English team for the Commonwealth Games, winning gold with her team and placing fifth on vault. In September, she competed at the British Team Championships, and although her club finished in eighth place, Simm had the highest all-around total of the competition, and was promptly named to the British team for the World Championships. There, she helped the British team qualify for the team final in fourth place (their highest placement in qualifications), though they finished sixth in the final.

2015

Simm competed at the English Championships in March, winning floor gold, vault silver, all-around bronze, and placing fifth on bars and sixth on beam. At the British Championships, she won silver on vault and placed fourth in the all-around and on floor. In late May, she placed fifth with her team at the Flanders International Team Challenge in Ghent, Belgium.

Simm was named to the British team for the inaugural European Games in Baku in June. She helped the British team to an eighth place finish and placed eleventh in the all-around. However, she finished last in the vault final after receiving a zero on her second vault when she didn't land feet first.

Simm improved greatly at the Universiade in South Korea in July. She won all-around gold, vault silver, floor exercise bronze, and placed fourth on bars. Simm became the first British gymnast to win the all-around at the Universiade. In October, Simm was named to the World Championship Team. In Glasgow, she helped the British team qualify third to the team final and qualify a full team to the Olympics. She didn't compete in the team final, but she stood with the team when they accepted a historic bronze medal, their first team medal at the World Championships. She also submitted a new release move on uneven bars to the FIG: a piked Stalder Tkatchev. However, since German gymnast Sophie Scheder submitted the same skill and both gymnasts successfully performed it, neither got the skill named after them.

2016

Simm started off the season at the British Championships, placing fifth on uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise, and sixth in the all-around.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2010GBR-AUS1st3rd
2011British School Nationals2nd
Rushmoor Rosebowl3rd3rd3rd
2012English Championships2nd5
GBR-SUI3rd
GBR-GER3rd
British Championships3rd5
British Team Championships8
GER-GBR-ROU International Friendly3rd10
Voronin Cup774575
2013British Championships72nd77
British Team Championships7
Turnen Dames Interland836
Élite Gym Massilia3rd146
Pas de Calais International1st3rd2nd2nd
2014English Championships2nd3rd551st
British Championships61st6
Munich Friendly1st4
Glasgow Commonwealth Games1st5
British Team Championships8
Nanning World Championships6
2015English Championships3rd2nd561st
British Championships42nd4
Flanders International Team Challenge5
Baku European Games8116
Gwangju Summer Universiade1st2nd43rd
Glasgow World Championships3rd
2016British Championships6555

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