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'I Am So Excited To Show My New Moves,' Kinsella Says
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Although 2016 European Junior Championships triple medalist Alice Kinsella of Great Britain did not perform up to potential at this spring's Europeans in Cluj, Romania, she told IG she was pleased with her results in Cluj, where she finished 10th in the all-around final in spite of mistakes that started in qualifications.


Alice Kinsella (Great Britain)

"My first mistake on the beam, when I fell off on my free cartwheel-layout-layout, was purely down to the fact that I'd literally had a 30-second touch on the apparatus," she said of qualifications.

Kinsella was initially the reserve gymnast for the British squad to Europeans, but got the call to Cluj shortly before competition began after an injury to teammate Georgia-Mae Fenton .

"I was flown out last-minute, so didn't have any podium training, due to injury within my team," Kinsella explained. "Other than my fall I was very happy with the rest of the competition and qualifying for the all-around final."

Kinsella said her routines in the all-around final may not have been perfect, but her results in Cluj have inspired her.

"On finals day, I was so happy with my performance," she said. "I went out so excited and ready to show everyone what I was made of. To place 10th in my first senior international was an amazing feeling but I know I have got so much more to give. On the bars I had so much adrenaline that may have been at vault (in the previous rotation) for going too fast on the bars, causing me to fall. However, since the competition I have worked hard on all the apparatus and improved on each. I am so excited to show my new moves."

A first-year senior, Kinsella said the transition from the junior level has been an energizing, smooth adjustment. This past spring, she won the all-around silver medal at the British national championships.

"Becoming a senior has been very exciting so far," she said. "I haven't treated it differently to when I was a junior. I go into every competition forward and my main aim is to do well. It obviously feels so strange but amazing to compete with and against gymnasts I have looked up to as my inspirations. This alone pushes me to do my very best."

With her eye on next month's world championships in Montreal, Kinsella has focused on upgrades this summer.

"I cannot wait to get in the competition arena and show off all my new skills," she said. "In training I have worked closely with my coaches, deciding which skills suit me as a gymnast and what I am comfortable with."

Kinsella said she has paid special attention to vault.

"My coaches and I believe this is where I was lacking ability," she said. "I am so happy with the result of working hard on that apparatus and can't wait to compete it."

With Montreal two months away and the Tokyo Olympics three years ahead, Kinsella is confident that her diligence will continue to pay off.

"I have worked hard on all apparatus, making sure they are to the best of my ability and strong enough to gain high scores when competing against some of the top gymnasts in the country as well as the world," she told IG. "I am so excited for what is to come and what my future has in store for me."

Read "British Breakouts," a pair of interviews with Alice Kinsella and 2017 British all-around bronze medalist Maisie Methune, in the December 2016 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions of International Gymnast magazine, or purchase back issues, click here.