SOUTH ESSEX STARS WOW CROWDS AT ANNUAL GYMNANZA

A STUNNING routine from Great Britain stars Max Whitlock, Reiss Beckford, Anthony Wise and Brinn Bevan thrilled a sell-out crowd when they closed South Essex’s sixth annual Gymnanza with a special performance on the parallel bars.

The international quartet donned 1980s inspired costumes and carried out a bespoke routine which saw them all mount the exciting apparatus at the same time as the grand finale to the show at the Basildon Sporting Village on Saturday.

It was a fitting climax to an event which saw about 500 club members show off their skills to a 400-strong crowd in the venue’s sports hall.

Club coach and event organiser Leah Hickton said: “This is the sixth year we have done this, and the third since we moved into the sporting village, and it was our biggest Gymnanza yet.

“We’ve seen an huge expansion in our membership following London 2012 and this is always a nice way to show off the talent we have and we got some really nice feedback from the parents.

“Having our senior boys close the show like that was great because it made for quite a spectacle and it was a nice, low pressure way to round things off after our competition season.”

The theme of the show was ‘Through the Years’ with the juniors putting on a one-hour show first to represent their chosen decades and then members aged over eight showing off their skills later in the day.

One of the groups was made up of Paige Moroney and Ellie Petroiu, both seven, and Elise Adeyemo, Violet Clark and Emily Hardy, who are all aged eight.

Leah said: “They all dressed up as zombies and did the Thriller dance. They’ve worked so hard on it and it looked brilliant. So well done to them and everyone who helped make it such a good day.”