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Kelly Simm
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Simm at the 2018 World Championships

Full name

Kelly Jay Simm

Country represented

Flag of Great Britain.png Great Britain
Flag of England.png England

Born

April 23 1995 (1995-04-23) (age 26)
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 2018 British National Champion, as well as 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.

2016-2017

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. She did not make the Olympic team, but continued to compete after Rio, placing seventh on bars at the Varna World Cup in Bulgaria in September. In October, she placed fifth on bars at the Cottbus World Cup in Germany.

2018

Simm started the season at the English Championships in February, winning bronze on uneven bars and placing fourth in the all-around and on floor exercise and seventh on balance beam. In March, she competed at the American Cup, hitting four clean routines to finish fifth in the all-around. A week later, she became British National Champion, and won an additional gold medal on uneven bars and bronze medal on floor exercise.

In April, Simm returned to the Commonwealth Games. She helped the English team take silver, and individually won bronze on balance beam and placed fifth in the all-around and on uneven bars. She went on to compete at the Thialf Summer Challenge in July, winning team bronze and placing fifth in the all-around. In August, she competed at the European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, placing fourth with her team and eighth on uneven bars. She was named to the British team for the World Championships in Doha, Qatar in late October. Great Britain didn't make the team final, but Simm qualified to the all-around and finished nineteenth. After Doha, she competed at the Cottbus World Cup in November, placing fifth on bars.

2019-2020

Simm returned to the English Championships in early March, winning all-around and uneven bars silver, floor exercise bronze, and placing ninth on balance beam.

In June 2020, she tore her rotator cuff, which required surgery and rehab.[1][2] She resumed training in September.[3]

2021

Simm returned to competition at the Varna World Cup, winning bronze on uneven bars and placing sixth on balance beam and eighth on floor exercise.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2010 GBR-AUS 1st 3rd
2011 British School Nationals 2nd
Rushmoor Rosebowl 3rd 3rd 3rd
2012 English Championships 2nd 5
GBR-SUI 3rd
GBR-GER 3rd
British Championships 3rd 5
British Team Championships 8
GER-GBR-ROU International Friendly 3rd 10
Voronin Cup 7 7 4 5 7 5
2013 British Championships 7 2nd 7 7
British Team Championships 7
Turnen Dames Interland 8 3 6
Élite Gym Massilia 3rd 14 6
Pas de Calais International 1st 3rd 2nd 2nd
2014 English Championships 2nd 3rd 5 5 1st
British Championships 6 1st 6
Munich Friendly 1st 4
Glasgow Commonwealth Games 1st 5
British Team Championships 8
Nanning World Championships 6
2015 English Championships 3rd 2nd 5 6 1st
British Championships 4 2nd 4
Flanders International Team Challenge 5
Baku European Games 8 11 6
Gwangju Summer Universiade 1st 2nd 4 3rd
Glasgow World Championships 3rd
2016 British Championships 6 5 5 5
2017 Varna World Cup 7
Cottbus World Cup 5
2018 English Championships 4 3rd 7 4
American Cup 5
British Championships 1st 1st 3rd
Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2nd 5 5 3rd
Thialf Summer Challenge 3rd 5
Glasgow European Championships 4 8
Doha World Championships 19
Cottbus World Cup 5
2019 English Championships 2nd 2nd 9 3rd
Varna World Cup 3rd 6 8

Floor Music

2018 - "Catgroove" by Parov Stelar/ "Clash" by Caravan Palace/ "Delight" by Jamie Berry

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