Brinn shows his world-class potential

SOUTH ESSEX teenager Brinn Bevan showed his showed his world class potential with a silver and three Masters finals at the British Championships.

Only an error on the pommel horse denied the 16-year-old from Benfleet an all-around gold in the junior competition at the national event in Liverpool.

He had to settle for second behind GB team-mate Nile Wilson, from Leeds, with South Essex’s Jay Thompson claiming the bronze.

Brinn Bevan

Bevan (right) was also third on the floor and second on rings, parallel bars and high bar, while Thompson was second on floor and third on pommel, rings and parallel bars.

Their coach Scott Hann was happy with both, but admitted it could have been better for Bevan, who he feels can one day compete for major honours in the senior ranks.

Hann said: “Brinn did such a good job throughout the competition – but he had an absolute disaster on pommel horse.

“And if you take that mistake into account – because his normal score on pommel is high 14 to low 15 – to still come second is very good.

“If he had not made that mistake he would have been first over all.

“So he will be fighting to establish himself as the best junior in the county in the next few events.

“Jay did a fantastic job but made one small error on high bar. But his third place was a fantastic achievement.

“And both Brinn and Jay made Masters finals for the seniors. Brinn is 16-years-old and to reach three Masters events is phenomenal.

“Brinn is one to watch out for in terms of having world success.

“And having Max (Whitlock, the reining British senior champion) here is good for Brinn too because it shows him what can be achieved with hard work.”