SOUTH ESSEX chairman Roy Short has spoken about his immense pride at how the club’s stars performed at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow.
Great Britain mainstay Max Whitlock, 22, brought home silver medals from the team event and the floor competition and a stunning gold on pommel.
And first-year senior Brinn Bevan, 18, also impressed with a silver medal by helping the country to the team runner-up spot.
Roy said: “Max is a huge ambassador for us but remains very humble and respects all of the support he gets from Scott and the club.
“And when he returns to the club with his medals on Wednesday afternoon I am sure we will see a similar reception from the public to the one he got after London 2012.
“Hopefully we will also see a similar spike in interest in doing gymnastics at our club and, although we already have a long waiting list, we will be doing all we can to accommodate any new members.
“And it was another superb performance from Brinn in his first year as a senior.
“The way he continues to excel suggests he can challenge all of the top guys in years to come, including Max – although it is a very competitive Great Britain squad at the moment.”
Max and Brinn’s long-time club-mate Reiss Beckford, 23, was also in great form in Scotland as he competed for Jamaica for the first time since making the switch from Great Britain.
Reiss kept his dream of competing at the Olympic Games very much alive by helping his team to qualify for a test event for Rio 2016.
Roy said: “I’ve always felt a close connection with Reiss because I remember how involved him and Max were when we moved to the Basildon Sporting Village.
“Max has really kicked on since then and gets the chance to shine for Great Britain at top competitions.
“But Reiss is just as dedicated and deserves the chance to compete at international events so it is so pleasing to see him doing that now.”
Roy also acknowledged the crucial role of club stalwarts Scott Hann, who coaches Max and Brinn, and Jeff Davis, who helped Reiss and Jamaica, in the success at the SSE Hydro.
Roy said: “Jeff helped bring Scott through and his contacts and knowledge remain invaluable to the club.
“And Scott is the club’s driving force, he really is ‘Mr SEGC’.
“Scott stays away from the limelight but we all know what a crucial role he plays in the success of South Essex and Great Britain too.”
For the first time the club also paid for all of its head coaches and assistant coaches to go to a top international event and Roy says everyone enjoyed their trip to Scotland.
He added: “It was our way of letting them all know how much we value their contribution and how valuable they are to our success.
“It also gave them a chance to experience the atmosphere of a top event and maybe one day they can coach in one of these arenas too.”