Danny Crouch crowned junior British champion

DANNY CROUCH became South Essex Gymnastic Club’s first British Under-12 champion for nine years after a solid all-around display at the Europa Centre.

The former Rayleigh Primary School pupil, 11, came out on top in field of 60 of the best young gymnasts from across the county to win the coveted title in Kent on Saturday, March 11.

It was Danny’s debut at the event and he went clean over all six pieces of apparatus to become the first SEGC winner at that level since Rio Olympics star Brinn Bevan in 2008.

Danny’s coach Anthony Wise (pictured above with Danny) said: “He is very laid back but obviously he was very pleased to win.

“He has a lot of potential on the floor and vault because he has powerful legs and his twisting is good, and we hope he will develop into a top all-around gymnast.

“Danny was runner-up at the national grades last year but in my three years of coaching at the club this is the best result for one of my gymnasts, so it was a good day all around.”

Danny will now bid for another top-three spot at the English Championships, which will be held at Loughborough University over the weekend of April 7-9.

South Essex’s Joseph Sawyer, 13, and Anton Anderson, 12, who are coached by Dave Rapley, were also in action in the Under-14s competition at the Junior British Championships.

Joseph successfully completed a release and catch on the bar for the first time in competition and Anton also competed very well.