REISS BECKFORD said he is focused on working towards a place at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo after his positive display at this month’s World Championships.
South Essex’s very own #JAMnast was appearing in his second worlds as he represented Jamaica in Montreal. He placed 26th, just missing out on one of the 24 spots for the all around final.
And, after competing in the first sub division, Reiss posted a video for his fans on social media.
He said: “I’m super happy, it went really well and I would just like to say thank you very much for all your support over the last few days. I couldn’t have done it without you guys.
“And I would like to say thank you to everyone at South Essex Gymnastics Club, including my coach Scott Hann, and also Matt Jackson for coming with me to my trial.
“And I’d also like to say thank you to Team Jamaica, for giving me this opportunity to compete.
“Thank you to my mum and dad for supporting me, and I hope you have enjoyed my journey and it has not finished yet as the road to Tokyo is on its way.”
Reiss, 25, travelled to Baltimore in the USA before the event in Canada with South Essex coach Matt Jackson to qualify his spot with the Jamaican team.
Matt said: “Reiss has been working really hard and put out some great routines and will be back fighting fit for the next worlds and looking forward to having the chance to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“The club is super proud of Reiss and his achievements and he will be back in the gym this week working hard on new skills and looking forward to competing again next year.”