ALICE Kinsella has won a superb gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, in Birmingham.

The 21-year-old, the daughter of Colchester United legend Mark Kinsella and granddaughter of U’s stalwart and former vice-chairman and director John Schultz, was victorious in the women's floor competition (13.366).

She performed an exceptional floor routine on the final apparatus to make it a one-two for England, with her team-mate Ondine Achampong claiming silver.


She said: “It has all paid off in the end. It was hard but it made me more motivated. I came in the next day, focused on my routines sorted out all the little bits I fell on in the all-around final.

"Today wasn’t the best routine I’ve done on the beam but that made me push myself more for the floor final, knowing I came first in qualification.

“I always get nervous before that second tumble as not long ago I rolled my ankle on it. Once that was out the way, I was all good.

“My goal was to come away with more medals but everything happens for a reason.

"It’s the first competition of the cycle, I have the Europeans coming up, I’ve put the bad things behind me and I’m focusing on this gold medal today.”

It was the ideal way for Kinsella to bounce back from her all-around and beam disappointments.

Kinsella was left in tears after the all-around final on Sunday, plummeting out of medal contention to finish fourth after a heart-breaking fall on the beam cost her a potential gold medal.

But she put that disappointment behind her after successfully defending the Commonwealth Games title she won on the beam, in 2018.


It is Kinsella's second triumph of the Commonwealth Games, following her gold in the team event.

Basildon-born gymnast Kinsella's brother is Walsall footballer Liam Kinsella.