IT WAS mission accomplished for South Essex’s promising duo Brinn Bevan and Jay Thompson at the British Championships.
Brinn, 17, went into the competition fresh from winning the English senior all-around title a week earlier at Loughborough University and backed that up with a sixth-placed spot at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
For Jay, 18, it was the first time he had completed all six pieces of apparatus at an event since his recovery from an operation on a dislocated elbow and ligament damage, and he was just behind his club-mate in seventh.
Brinn also qualified for the Masters section on floor, parallel-bars and high bar, while Jay made the Masters on floor, parallel bars and high bar, coming a very respectable fourth on the latter.
South Essex’s director of coaching Scott Hann said: “Brinn executed all of his stuff well and but for a couple of falls he could have made the top three. So I was pleased with him.
“And it was very promising from Jay on his comeback from injury and I would say he is about four months ahead of schedule on that, which is testament to how hard he has worked.”
South Essex star Max Whitlock, 22, was feeling the effects of glandular fever but still had enough in the tank for a silver medal on the pommel horse – despite no work at all on that apparatus in the week leading up to the compeition.
And Reiss Beckford, 22, who was representing Jamacia for the first time as a guest, took a Masters bronze on high bar and fifth on parallel bars.
Scott said: “It was good to see Reiss get a medal but at this stage we need more consistency from him over all to build up solid all-around marks. And that is what we will be working towards.”
South Essex’s Hayden Skinner, 14, competed in the Under-16s section and came tenth on parallel bars and 13th on high bar.