South Essex bring home a staggering 12 gold medals from British Championships


SOUTH ESSEX gymnasts brought home an incredible 12 golds as part of a 17-medal haul at the 2018 British Championships on the weekend (April 8-11).

Six of the club’s stars, competing from Under-14s up to Senior level, took their place on podiums after excelling against the best of their peers nationwide at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Hayden Skinner got the club off to a brilliant start on day one with golds on floor and vault in the Under-18s competition.

The next day, Danny Crouch showed why he repeatedly comes out on top in national events by winning the Under-14s all-around title.

Danny said: “I really want to get to a World Championships and an Olympics one day – and hopefully win a medal.”

On day three, Brinn Bevan (pictured) claimed arguably the club’s best result of the weekend when he was crowned all-around senior champion.

It concluded a frustrating comeback from injury for Brinn over the past year, and he said: “It’s just great that the performance has paid off today. I put my heart and soul into it and for it to pay off on the day is unbelievable.”

There were also medals for Commonwealth Games-bound duo Max Whitlock and Amy Tinkler of Saturday, with Amy also taking the all-around silver and Max pommel gold.

And there was a gold rush on the final day on Sunday.

Sean Dalton was crowned floor champion at Under-12s level, and Crouch added floor, high-bar and parallel bars gold in the Under-14s section.

Amy added vault silver and floor gold in the senior apparatus finals.

And Max took the Masters gold on floor, with team-mate Jay Thompson adding a fine silver.

Jay Thompson

Jay said:  “I had an absolutely brilliant time competing this weekend and obviously Sunday was the highlight for me.

“Winning that silver really was a great feeling to show that I’m back.”

Max also added Masters pommel gold, with Brinn taking the silver behind him before finishing his personal medal haul with one of ever colour with a Masters bronze on high-bar.