Men’s Artistic U16 4 Way International (Switzerland)
The GBR U16 team completed a week of competition and training in Switzerland with a resounding victory in the 4 Way International against France, Switzerland and Germany. Despite losing Ashley Watson with a knee injury a day prior to the competition, and the added pressure of 5 in a team and 5 to count, the team remained focussed and competed superbly demonstrating real quality and talent against some mature gymnasts.
The competition in Tereno, close to the Italian border concluded a week in which the GBR gymnasts had competed previously in Leistal, with Sam Oldham (85.20) taking 2nd, Reiss Beckford (84.55) 3rd and Max Whitlock (83.75) 4th behind a Ukrainian gymnast, and winning several apparatus finals (Oldham- rings, Beckford- floor, Whitlock- pommels). This was followed by a training camp, alongside the Swiss Team in Tereno who hosted superbly for the week prior the 4 Way International – our sincere thanks.
The team spirit amongst the gymnasts, coaches and physiotherapist made for a thoroughly professional and enjoyable experience for all.
With the Junior European Championships coming closer, (May 2008 in Lausanne, Switzerland), this result indicates that GBR performances are staged to challenge Europe’s best.With an 18 point margin, the British team completed a clean sweep in the individual rankings.
1st Reece Pearson 83.850 Nottingham (coach - Barry Winch)
Many thanks to Sergei Sizhanov – National Coach, Chris Low (coach and judge) , Ruth Atkinson (physio), Scott Hann and Julian Niven-Reid (judges for the 4 Way International) and to the team for their time, dedication and contribution to a tremendous set of results.
Eddie Van Hoof