It was a full set of medals – Bronze, Silver and Gold for Alice Kinsella at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast – a fantastic achievement for Alice and Team England.
Alice began her competition in the Women’s Team Final, competing with the rest of Team England for a total overall score. Four of the five gymnasts would compete on each piece – with the top three scores counting towards the final total. After four rounds, Team England placed second behind Canada – just 0.5 separating them. This was fantastic for England’s young – relatively inexperienced – Team of Gymnasts. With some of the bigger names out with injury, Team England managed to pull through to get the silver medal, proving just how strong England are as a team.
Next up was the Women’s All – Around final where Alice qualified along side team mate, Kelly Simm. A very steady Alice Kinsella competed on all four pieces without major error to win the individual Bronze medal. This marked Alice’s second clean competition of the games.
Alice recalls, “I have never felt so nervous in all my life because it was quite tight,” said Kinsella after adding individual all-round bronze to her team bronze. “But I just went out there to do the exact same floor routine that I do in training and see what came out of it.
“I could have done a lot better, the beam wasn’t quite what I wanted with the landing so I could have improved on that.
“But I am still so proud of what I have done here.”
Alice, scored 13.700 to take top spot on the beam. Team mate, Kelly Simm won the Bronze medal on this apparatus.
“I’m still quite speechless. I don’t really know what to say,” said Kinsella. “I went out quite confident because I came second in qualifications. I thought if I go clean a medal was possible. But when I got the gold I didn’t know what to do”, said Alice about her gold winning beam routine.
Overall, the games were a great success for Alice Kinsella, coming away with three Commonwealth medals and new wealth of experience for the future. Well done Alice, Brett and Chris for all your hard work.