Brinn graduates through all SEGC levels to become English champion

BRINN BEVAN’S rise from South Essex toddler to men’s English champion underlines the club’s commitment to helping anyone achieve their potential, according to his coach Scott Hann.

The 17-year-old star (picture above) shocked everyone by taking the national title on his senior debut at Loughborough University earlier this month.

On his return from a back injury, Bevan scored 86.000 to pip Sam Oldham (85.750) and Dom Cunningham to the crown (82.600).

South Essex’s head coach Hann says the teenager encapsulates everything they try to achieve at the successful Basildon-based club.

He said: “His result did not surprise me because he had the routines to do that well – but his performances did. But that’s what Brinn is capable of because he is a competitive animal.

“I thought it might take a bit longer for him to get to that level so it is great he has hit the ground running again after his injury.

“And it is good news for the club because it keeps our other top gymnasts on their toes.

“And it also says to anyone who wants to join our club that they will have a chance to go as far as they possibly can in gymnastics.

“Brinn started off in our parent and toddler class and has moved through all the stages since. That makes me very proud of him and everyone who has supported his journey along the way.”

Bevan will now be looking to continue along his learning curve at the British Championships at the Echo Arena in Liverpool this weekend (March 17-19).

His club-mate Jay Thompson will be tackling all six pieces of apparatus for the first time since he dislocated his arm and South Essex’s and Great Britain’s top gymnast Max Whitlock will use the competition to hone his preparation for the European Championships.

Reece Beckford, who recently switched over from Great Britain to now represent Jamaica, will compete as a guest overseas gymnast and will be eligible to medal in the Masters section.