Wise has “tournament of his life” at British Championship

SOUTH ESSEX head coach Scott Hann praised Anthony Wise for having the “tournament of his life” at the British Championships – and backed him to a have great 2014.

While most eyes were on South Essex’s leading gymnast Max Whitlock as he retained his British all-around title in Liverpool, Hann said he was just as pleased to see Wise claim a very impressive seventh place in front of a packed crowd at the Echo Arena.

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Wise (pictured right) has stepped up from the junior ranks this season and is hoping to have a breakthrough year for national selection to the senior team.

And Hann said the Rio 2016 Olympic hopeful’s performance in Liverpool has done his prospects no harm at all.

He said: “At the British Championships, Anthony Wise had the competition of his life – he was fantastic.

“He really showed that he is breaking through as a senior and is not so looking like a junior anymore.

“He is starting to establish himself and move up the ranks slowly and he did an outstanding job on floor and pommel and qualified for the Masters in both. So he was up against the big boys in those.

“So I’m very proud of him. His whole competition was flawless and if he keeps working hard he can have a very good year.”