REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley paid a visit to Worcestershire Gymnastics Academy (WGA) to see how the club is benefiting from the Olympic Legacy funding it received from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.
The club, based in Stock Wood near Inkberrow, has made several improvements to the gym, especially the foam-filled pit to allow safe manoeuvres so the boys and girls are able to learn more advanced moves in a safe area.
The guest of honour met up with the club’s top squad boys who recently competed at a national competition, at which the WGA boys made their mark on the national scene.
After just under a year of training in the newly-refurbished Sport England-funded gym, Calum Hutchison (14), Theo Thomas (11), William Rogers (10), Ethan Groom (10) and Toby Uren (9) made their way to the British Gymnastics National Finals at the GMAC (Gymnastics and Martial Arts Centre) in Birmingham in early November.
After qualifying with some fantastic scores at the London Open in September, the boys had been chosen to represent the West Midlands and were ready to step up and compete against talent from across Great Britain.
Toby Uren (Level 1) had a clean competition and performed fantastically at his first National Finals, whilst William Rogers (Level 2) is now ranked first in Great Britain on the floor and ranked 20th AA out of 75.
Ethan Groom (Level 2) is ranked 12th AA, just 0.4 marks off being invited to a national training camp at the National Sports Centre.
Theo Thomas (Level 3) performed incredibly and is ranked 15th AA after a fall on the pommel cost him his place at the national camp and Calum Hutchison (Level 6) performed strongly, winning the bronze medal and also ranking first on the floor to secure his place at the national camp.
Head Coach Andy Hall said: “The boys were competing against gymnasts with several years more experience than them, yet still ranked so highly. Our WGA boys gave a small glimpse into what success the future holds.”
The boys are now in preparation for 2015, working hard on new routines, with Calum beginning his journey towards international competition.