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Wednesday 28 October 2015

Solent student makes history

Great Britain’s women gymnasts, including Southampton Solent University student Kelly Simm, won their first ever world team final medal at the World Championships in Glasgow last night (Tuesday 27 October).

The British team were out of the medals going into the final event but dazzling performances on the vault pushed GB ahead of Russia to take the bronze. The USA took their third consecutive gold and China took silver.

Kelly Simm at the World University Games earlier this year. Photo credit: BUCS

Artistic gymnast Kelly Simm, who is in her second year of studying BSc Applied Sports Science at Solent, is thrilled with the result and loves competing alongside five of Britain’s best gymnasts.

Kelly, who trains twice a day, five times a week to uphold her championship standard in the sport says: “This year has been incredible and I would never have imagined I could achieve what I have at the beginning of the year!”

In 2014 she took gold in the team event at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and this summer Kelly won gold, silver and bronze medals at the World University Games 2015 in Gwangju, South Korea.

Speaking about the support she gets from the University Kelly – who is part of Solent’s High Performance Academy for talented athletes – says: “The University has been great in supporting me, they understand my training and how important it is, which is vital in helping me to manage both my gymnastic career and degree successfully.”