British Gymnastics
18th September 2013

blue peter

On Monday the 16th September, Preston Gymnastics Club welcomed new Blue Peter presenter, Lindsey Russell into their gym as she embarked on a challenge to learn some of FreeG’s skills and tricks.

On the previous show, Lindsey was challenged live on air to take part in one of British Gymnastics’ exciting new programmes, FreeG which fuses traditional gymnastic and acrobatic tricks, with kicks and leaps made famous through martial arts and brought to worldwide attention by festival performers and stunt actors.

After being shown the BGtv video ‘This is FreeG’ as a taster for what was in store, Lindsey then spent the day with a young group of freestylers from Preston, learning various tricks with the help of the clubs qualified coaches and on their bespoke FreeG equipment.

Lindsey successfully completed her challenge, performing three FreeG skills in a fantastic performance live on air with the Preston freestylers. Watch her performance now on CBBC iplayer.

Head Coach at Preston, Charlotte Coles was amazed at Lindsey’s determination and progress in such a short space of time,

“Working with the Blue Peter team has been great for FreeG, it's given us an opportunity to showcase this activity to so many children. Lindsey Russell had never practiced gymnastics until walking through the door at 10am Monday morning, then by 11am, after introductions and warm ups she was already throwing herself in to the foam pits. The coaches and crew watched on in amazement as she battled to learn some difficult skills. This challenge has shown how exhilarating FreeG is, yet also proves that with the right dedication and motivation, if you get yourself down to a centre with qualified staff and fantastic facilities, you can learn safely and build your confidence on some of these skills."

Congratulations to Lindsey and to Preston GC. Don't forget you can apply for your very own Blue Peter badge by inspiring someone else to get involved in gymnastics.