Shavahn Church

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Shavahn Church (retired)
Country represented  United Kingdom
Former countries represented  United States
Born (1989-05-03) May 3, 1989 (age 28)
Los Angeles, California
Hometown Tarzana, California
Discipline Women's Artistic Gymnastics
Club Heathrow
Former coach(es) Don Peters, Yu Feng
Eponymous skills Uneven Bars
Retired 2009

Shavahn Church (born May 3, 1989 in Los Angeles, California) is a British gymnast who lives and trained in California. She formerly competed for the United States but decided in 2005 to represent Great Britain.


Church made her major international debut at the 2005 World Championships in Melbourne. Not fully recovered from an injury and severely out of competition practice, she placed 20th in the all-around.

Church was a member of the English team for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.[1] Due to an injury to captain and world bronze medallist Beth Tweddle, the team had to compete with only four members, and were unable to challenge Australia for the gold medal. Instead, in the last rotation, they were in a dogfight with Canada for the silver. Church's bars routine secured second place for the team. In the all-around, Church was in medal contention until her beam routine, where a narrow save after a large wobble was not enough to prevent her from dropping behind, and she finished fifth. In apparatus finals, she bounced back, finishing second on bars to Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs of Canada.

Church was also a member of the British team for the 2006 European Championships in Greece. She had hopes of more success on bars (her highest Commonwealth Games score would have qualified her to the European finals), but injury struck in the qualifying rounds and she was unable to complete the competition. Later in 2006, she underwent surgery, and the recovery kept her out of further competition that year.

In 2009, Church announced her retirement from gymnastics.

Eponymous Skills[edit]

Apparatus Name Description Difficulty
Uneven Bars Church Pike sole circle (toe-on circle) backward - counter piked reverse hecht E


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