SOUTH ESSEX’S senior stars Max Whitlock, Brinn Bevan and Jay Thompson all travelled to Portugal at the start of August for a training camp with the Great Britain squad.
The trio and the club’s head coach Scott Hann attended the event, which was organised to prepare for the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow this winter.
The GB men’s team will get underway in subdivision one on Sunday, October 25 at 10am.
The competition has extra significance this year as it holds to the key to qualification for next year’s Olympics in Rio, where Max will bid to match his double-bronze winning display at London 2012 – and hopefully improve upon it.
Jamaican international Reiss Beckford along with SEGC coach Jeff Davis were also on their travels with a trip to California this month to train with the Caribbean’s country’s emerging national squad.
Former GB star Reiss, 23, is waiting for confirmation of his place for the World Championships but is in a strong position after an excellent showing at the trial event in Trinidad & Tobago in June.
Our senior men’s gymnasts will next be in competitive action at the annual London Open, which this year will be held at the Redbridge Sports Centre in Barkingside on the weekend beginning Friday, September 25.
The club also welcomed gymnasts from Bulgaria to the Basildon Sporting Village gym in mid August.
South Essex has long-standing links with a club based in the beautiful city of Varna and enjoyed sharing training tips and stroies with the visitors from Europe.
The club’s women and girls are also getting ready for the popular Rose Cup competition in next month.
A bumper crowd is expected with about 200 gymnasts – aged four through to seniors – competing on vault, bars, beam and floor at the Basildon Sporting Village on Saturday, September 5.
Event co-ordinator Cara Noble, a senior general coach at SEGC, said: “It will be a long but rewarding day for all the coaches who have worked really hard in preparing routines for their gymnasts.
“This is the first year we will have mixed levels in the same competition – so it will be a great opportunity for elite gymnasts to inspire our younger members.
“We are looking forward to it and it will also be a good practise event for upcoming competitions.”