SOUTH ESSEX’S Assistant Director of Coaching Matt Jackson has hailed the Olympic call-up for club stars Max Whitlock and Brinn Bevan.
Whitlock, 23, and Bevan, 19, were named in Great Britain’s five-man team last week for the Rio 2016 Games alongside Nile Wilson, Louis Smith and Kristian Thomas.
London 2012 double-bronze medallist Whitlock was always highly likely to get a spot but it was a terrific achievement for Bevan, who recovered from a broken leg seven months ago to prove his fitness.
And Jackson says the selection had extra significance for Bevan, who lost his Dad Jamie to cancer in 2009.
Jackson said: “Going to the Olympics has been a dream for Brinn since he was a kid and I know this is something he wanted to do for his Dad too.
“And after Brinn’s injury this is an outstanding achievement and I don’t think anyone can say he does not deserve his place.
“We are also extremely proud of Max too, who continues to be a great ambassador for the club and now we are all looking forward to gathering at the gym this summer to cheer them on in Rio.”
The duo are currently at the GB base at Lilleshall Sports Centre and will then head out for more training in Portugal before jetting off for Brazil with their club and national team coach Scott Hann.
Bevan’s Mum Paula, a key member of the administration team at SEGC, also revealed how her son’s gymnastic talent was spotted at a very young age.
She added: “It was a coach called Gary Dove at the Cartwheels Gymnastics Club in Benfleet who first said Brinn had potential when he was just three years old. So he deserves a lot of credit too.”