Reiss, Max and Amy bid for glory at 2017 World Championships

SOUTH ESSEX stars Reiss Beckford, Max Whitlock will all bid for glory at the World Championships in Montreal, Canada, next month (October 2-8).

It is the second time former British gymnast Reiss, 25, will represent Jamaica at an international event.

It comes after he travelled with coach Matt Jackson to secure his spot at a qualifying event in Baltimore, USA, on Friday, September 22.

Reiss, who also competed for the Caribbean nation at World Championships in Glasgow in 2015, will be in action in the All-Around competition and gets underway on Monday (October 2).

SEGC’s Director of Coaching Scott Hann was one of the first to say well done with a Facebook post.

He said: “Congratulations to Reiss, who has been officially selected to represent Jamaica in Montreal.

“Reiss is travelling by car from Baltimore in the US to Niagara falls, then on to Montreal.

“Thank you Matt Jackson for helping him with his qualification.”

The week-long competition will see more than 500 gymnasts from 80 countries gather at the Olympic Stadium for three days of qualification events followed by four days of finals, where gymnasts will compete in all-around and individual apparatus events.

The event will also see the club’s double Olympic champion Max Whitlock return to the international arena.

Max, 24, is part of the British team and will be one of the favourites for pommel gold and in the medal hunt on floor.

The 24-year-old comes into the competition after winning pommel gold with a score of 15.150 at this month’s London Open at the Redbridge Sports Centre.

And SEGC’s top female gymnasts Amy Tinkler, 17, who is coached by Ross Falsetta, will also be in the podium hunt as she competes in all pieces

The Olympic floor bronze medal winner Amy Tinkler is part of the British team alongside Claudia Fragapane, Alice Kinsella and Georgia-Mae Fenton.

Amy arrives after qualifying for all four finals at the World Challenge Cup in Hungary in early September.

She picked up the floor bronze and showcased a new routine to score 13.500.