CONDOLENCES FOR POPULAR SOUTH ESSEX YOUNGSTER CALLUM MILLER

SOUTH ESSEX GYMNASTICS CLUB is sad to announce the passing of one of its most popular young members, Callum Miller.

The eight-year-old, who had cerebral palsy and attended the club’s special needs classes on Thursday evenings, died last week.

Callum Miller and his brother Connor, who is also a gymnast at South Essex
Callum Miller and his brother Connor, who is also a gymnast at South Essex

Dave Rapley, the coach in charge of gymnasts with special needs at the club, said Callum was a joy to work with and fearless in his gymnastics.

He said: “Callum was such a character and achieved so much. It was an absolute honour and pleasure to work with him.

“And that comes from me and my entire team. The class just won’t be the same without him.

“We are so grateful for the massive support from Callum’s mum, his granddad and helper. They always gave me information to help me work with Callum.

“He was a real ladies man and he would always work more for the girls – especially the blondes! And he always had the attention of the girls too.

“At first I was worried I might hurt him or that he was very fragile, but I could not have been more wrong because he was such a tough guy.

“And after a conversation with his mum I had him flying 5ft into the air on the trampoline and at our annual Gymnanza we had Callum showing of on the trampette and jumping around.”

Everyone at the club sends their condolences to Callum’s family and friends at this time.