Alex Buesnel is a 10-time British disability champion in men’s artistic gymnastics.
In any sport that is a staggering achievement, but in gymnastics, to stay at the top for so long is a testament to his dedication and determination.
A gymnast at Jersey Special Gymnastics Club, Alex officially hung up his competition handguards at the end of March and can look back and celebrate a number of record breaking years in the sport.
When Alex announced his retirement, he said, "I am finishing my competitive journey at what I believe to be the height of my sporting career," a statement that is hard to argue with. It was in October last year that Alex added his tenth consecutive British title.
After a month away from competitive gymnastics, we caught up with Alex to see what he’s up to and how he looks back at his time at the top of the sport.
Firstly, congratulations Alex on a brilliant career. What will you miss most about competitive gymnastics?
"I will miss representing Great Britain having previously represented Great Britain in the Special Olympics at National, European and World level and have undertaken demonstrations and displays for the British Gymnastics disability squad.
"Although I have retired from the competitive side of gymnastics I have worked really hard throughout my career and hope that I have been a good ambassador for the sport."
What has been your best achievement in the sport?
"I think it would have to be representing Jersey in the 2017 Island Games in Gotland. I made history by being the first disability gymnast to compete in these games, helping my team to win the team silver medal. I really pushed myself in the training for the games and am very proud of what I achieved."
Looking forward now, what are your hopes for the future? Are you planning on staying in gymnastics?
"In 2016 I qualified as a level 2 British Gymnastics coach and I have been coaching the younger gymnasts at the Jersey Special Gymnastics Club. I intend to focus now on the coaching side to assist the club by coaching twice a week. I also intend to continue with my gymnastics training twice a week in order to maintain my fitness levels to stay active and healthy."
And finally, what would your advice be to the up and coming gymnasts?
"Have fun and enjoy yourself. Work hard and show commitment! Aim to progress and go forward…Never go backwards! Be a good example to others."
Alex is also one of our Disability Ambassadors and is an incredible role model for the sport. Find out more about our ambassadors or start your disability gymnastics journey by finding a club near you.