THERE was another milestone for South Essex Gymnastics Club in October with three of their senior men called up to compete at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow.
Max Whitlock will again lead the British bid for medals against the world’s best in Scotland and this time he will be joined on national duty by club-mate Brinn Bevan.
Brinn is still only 18-years-old and his selection for such a huge international event is a stunning achievement in his debut year at senior level.
And the cherry on the cake for Scott and his team at the Basildon-based club is another call-up for Reiss Beckford, the former Great Britain gymnast who will now represent Jamaica at the event.
As well as being a top event in its own right, results in Glasgow will play a big part in the gymnasts’ selection for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Reiss now needs to raise the funds to cover competition, accommodation and travel costs, for both himself and coach Jeff Davis, for upcoming international events as well as the Olympics.
So the Enfield-born 23-year-old has set up a crowdfunding site through sponsorise.me and you can find details by clicking here.
SOUTH ESSEX GYMNASTICS CLUB is in the running for gongs at the Active Basildon Sports Awards ceremony this month.
Rhythmic head coach Verity Adams is up for Coach of the Year and Great Britain gymnast Brinn Bevan is hoping to land the Young Sports Personality of the Year prize.
Young rhythmic star Elizabeth Packman and artistic gymnasts Ellie Petroiu and Elise Adeyemo have also been nominated for awards which will be presented at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon on Tuesday, October 20.
A NUMBER of dates for this year’s Gym-School Proficiency awards have been announced.
Parents and guardians are now advised that children can prepare their skills for tests which will take place over two-weeks on selected months up until summer 2016.
The dates are:
1. Monday, November 9 to Sunday, November 22, 2015
2. Monday, February 1 to Sunday, February 14, 2016
3. Monday, April 25 to Monday, May 9, 2016
4. Monday, July 11 to Sunday, July 24, 2016
Head of Gym School Dave Rapley said: “We have up to 1,400 children enrolled so we hope having structured windows for the tests will help everyone with focusing on when they will take place.
“We have also allowed more time in between the testing periods this year to help children with their preparations and to give them the best chance of passing a level.”
THERE were a number of medals for the club’s artistic girls at county and regional competitions earlier this month.
You can read coach Karen Grieves’ full report on the WA County Voluntary Level 5, FIG Competition by clicking on this link.
And you can read the full report on the WA Regional In-Age Voluntary Levels competition by clicking on this link.
And there was more medal success for the artistic girls at the Regional Out-Of-Age Finals at Pipers Vale, Ipswich, on Sunday October 18.
South Essex’s Sophie Goodman was first overall in Level 2, second on bars and first on every other piece.
THE rhythmic girls were also in action at round two of the National Group League at Fenton Manor in Stoke-on-Trent.
South Essex picked up second and third place finishes when they competed at the opening round in June.
And there was more success this time with the club’s Purple team runners-up and Blue group third.
Rhythmic head coach Verity Adams said: “We also took a Junior group as guests due to circumstances out of their control.
“But they had a great score which stands them in good stead for the final competition in November.”
AND FINALLY… the club’s annual Gymnanza will take place this year on Saturday, December 19, and tickets are now on sale.
If your child is taking part and you wish to buy tickets please do so as soon as possible as they are limited to two tickets per child until Sunday, November 1, when they will go on general sale.
You can contact the club’s office here to book tickets or for more information.