Hann hails “remarkable” Whitlock after seventh World Championship call-up

SEGC Director of Coaching Scott Hann has hailed Max Whitlock’s record as “remarkable” after the British star was called up to his seventh World Championships.

Two-time pommel world champion Max will be in the hunt for his eighth medal at the event when it is staged in Germany between October 4-13 this year.

The most successful British gymnast of all time has a staggeringly consistent record of World Championship success, which is as follows:

2011 – Tokyo, Japan (reserve)
2013 – Antwerp, Belgium (pommel silver)
2014 – Nanning, China (all-around silver)
2015 – Glasgow, Scotland (pommel gold, floor and team silvers)
2017 – Montreal, Canada (pommel gold)
2018 – Doha, Qatar (pommel silver)
2019 – Stuttgart, Germany

Max was an 18-year-old prospect at Tokyo in 2011 and part of a British team starring then 22-year-old pommel great Louis Smith and featuring Scottish hero Dan Purvis.

Max Whitlock with coach Scott Hann

The Basildon-based star is now a 26-year-old married father-of-one and his mentor Scott admits it has been an incredible journey.

He said: “I have been working with Max for around 14 years and have had the privilege of seeing him grow and develop from young aspiring gymnast to the most successful British gymnast of all time.

“It’s incredible to think the first World Championships we went to, my daughter Olivia, who is now a SEGC gymnast herself, was just learning to roll over!

“Now, eight years later, Max has his own daughter of similar age and is about to travel to his seventh World Championships.

“Apart from in 2011 when he was reserve, Max has won medals at every World Championships he has been to.

“He isn’t the ‘young gun’ of the team anymore, and as the sport evolves it gets harder and harder.

“But he is still at the top of his game and we still have the Tokyo Olympics in our sites as the ultimate goal.

“Of course I always refer to the journey – but his achievements truly are remarkable.”