SOUTH ESSEX’S director of coaching Scott Hann praised a quartet of the club’s stars for their displays at the 2016 British Championships.
Max Whitlock, Brinn Bevan, Jay Thompson and Reiss Beckford were all in action at the Echo Arena in Liverpool over the weekend (April 8-10).
Rio Olympics medal hopeful Whitlock brought home TEN medals and claimed the all-around gold with a brilliant new PB score of 92.700 – which would have been enough to be champion at the last Olympics and World Championships.
Hann said: “It was a very big step for Max on his road to Rio and he showed once again how calm and confident he is performing at the highest level.
“And to be able to produce a PB at that level of competition bodes very well for the rest of the season.”
Bevan continued his remarkable comeback from a broken leg with a bronze on the parallel bars.
Hann said: “Brinn’s pursuit of a place on the Olympic team is outstanding considering the injury he has recovered from.
“He is still not completely back to where he was before the injury but he is starting to put himself back in the frame and now he will fly out on Wednesday to take part in the Olympic Test Event in Rio.”
Thompson continued his own return to form after serious leg and arm injures with eighth place in the all-around competition.
Hann said: “After the frustration of not being able to compete last year Jay continues to show that he is a real prospect for the future.
“It was six solid routines from him again with just one small mistake and next up for him is the World Cup in Portugal.”
Beckford, a former Great Britain gymnast who now represents Jamaica, competed as a guest and scored 84.300 in the all-around competition and won a Masters bronze on parallel bars.
Hann said: “It was one of the best competitions I’ve seen from Reiss in a long time and he qualified for the Masters in parallel bars, floor and rings so it was a very good weekend from him.”