Brinn ready for his senior bow

BRINN BEVAN feels relaxed and confident heading into his first senior competition this weekend.

The 17-year-old South Essex star will compete against some of the top domestic gymnasts as the season gets underway with the English Championships at Loughborough University.

It will also be a return to competitive action for Brinn for the first time since he suffered a stress back injury at the European Junior Championships in May last year.

It sidelined Brinn for three months but he now feels 100 per cent heading into this weekend’s action inside the Sir David Wallace Hall – a new venue for the national championships.

Brinn, who specialises on the parallel bars, said: “I’m looking forward to my first senior competition but I don’t feel any more pressure.

“There are different moves involved and I have had to modify my routines a bit. The new stuff is more physically demanding.

“I have a good difficulty starting tariff for the pommel so it would be nice to get a good score on that.

“And it would be great to get a result here but I will be happy if I can just produce some tidy routines.”

Brinn will compete in the senior ranks alongside club-mates Jay Thompson, 18, and Max Whitlock, 22. National star Max will also be looking to retain his title.

Hayden Skinner, 14, and Doug Turnbull, 13, will represent South Essex in the junior section, and Joseph Sawyer, 11, will compete in the boys’ category.

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