SEGC stars are due to make the long journey home from Australia after another memorable Commonwealth Games for the club.
Gymnasts Max Whitlock and Reiss Beckford and coaches Scott Hann and Matt Jackson are due back in the UK this week after helping their countries to shine in at the 2018 competition on the Gold Coast.
Max, whose wife and club coach Leah also flew out to support him, won team gold with England, pommel silver and also made the floor final, while Jamaica’s Reiss Beckford underlined his prospects for the Tokoyo 2020 Olympics by qualifying for the all-around final.
It was a third Commonwealth Games for Max and second for Reiss, who have both become international stars under SEGC’s director of coaching Scott (who is pictured above with Max).
Matt was at the Games to continue his close work with Reiss, who has become a leading light for the Caribbean nation.
Scott said: “Reiss came here with a target to make the all-around final and did this with only a small error and achieved his target, so I’m super proud.
“He went all out in the final to push for a top-six placing but with that came risk, and he fortunately he made a few errors. But all-in-all it was a good competition.
Max came here confident and ready. He qualified brilliantly on floor and pommel and was in good shape.
“Unfortunately a small error on floor meant he had to think fast and change his routine to avoid a fall, but it was costly as it effected his start score. But it was still a good routine and a learning opportunity.
“On pommel Max was brilliant and we were both extremely pleased with the routine.
“We got some feedback from judges and with the up and coming talent, we need to still push. Max still has a considerable increase he can use on pommel for the future.”
SEGC’s assistant director of coaching Verity Adams said it had been another memorable week for friends, family and colleagues, who have been following the action on television in England.
She added: “It is always special for us when people we see on a daily basis in our gym here in Basildon jet off around the world to showcase their skills on the international stage.
“Like them, we never take for granted just what an incredible achievement it is to compete at that level, and the hard work they all do to make that a reality.
“And it is equally special when we get to welcome them home, hear their stories and celebrate their achievements.”