History in the making for Burnley Gymnastics Club

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Burnley Gymnastics Club created history recently by entering boys into a competition for the first time since Olympic and Commonwealth gold medalist Craig Heap was with the club.

The boys were taking part in the County 2 Piece Competition, organised by the North West Gymnastics Association, at the regional competition venue Wigan Robin Park.

In the Under 8s, Henry Sutcliffe was crowned Lancashire Champion at Level 1, with Alex Needham closely following with Silver.

In the Under 10s, Mason Wright took the county crown in the vault at Level 1, and won silver overall.

Maximos Vlassis and Jack Thompson picked up silver medals on the floor routine, with Owen Birnie taking home a bronze.

Mason Wright also took third place in the vault.

In the Under 12s, Edward Burnie took home a clean sweep of gold medals at Level 1. Harvey Bretherton was entered into a tough Level 4 group but still managed to take home silver on the vault and bronze on floor, while taking a silver medal overall.

On the same bill, taking part in the senior team event was London 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and three-time British all-round champion Daniel Purvis, who was on hand to sign autographs and pose for photographs.

Head Coach Zoltan Lang said: “The boys performed brilliantly and the medals were a great reward for the hard work they have been doing in the gym.”

Secretary Darren Wright added, “We have seen a massive increase in boys wanting to try gymnastics since London 2012 and this shows how far we have come.”

Any boys wishing to give gymnastics a go, please contact the BEST Centre on 455068 or e-mail info@thebestcentre.com