International sporting successes for Lowestoft trio
TO have your child chosen to represent the country is an honour for any parent.
For two of them to wear a national vest is extra special.
But one Lowestoft couple have an additional reason to hold their heads high – because three of their sons are making them and their hometown proud with their amazing sporting success.
Hitting the heights in their chosen sports are gymnasts Giarnni and Emilio Regini-Moran and their kickboxing brother Carlos Regini-Moran, who are all competing at a national or international level.
Giarnni, 13, is the first male artistic gymnast from Suffolk ever to represent Great Britain. The Denes High School pupil, and Waveney Gymnastics Club member, was first selected for the GB squad at the age of eight.
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The former Active Waveney Sports Awards winner is now hoping to gain selection for the junior European championships in 2014 and, in the longer-term, he is setting his sights on a place in the 2016 Olympics.
Joining him in the GB squad is nine-year-old Emilio. The Gunton Primary School pupil, who is also a Waveney Gym Club member, is now training with the national team and is tipped to follow in his brother's footsteps.
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Not to be left out, 12-year-old Carlos, who also attends Denes High, has just qualified for the world junior full-contact kickboxing championships, to be held in Florida in September.
For the boys' parents, Kerri and Glen, their sporting success is a source of huge pride.
Mrs Regini-Moran said: 'Giarnni and Emilio are also the first set of brothers to be chosen in the GB squad at the same time, which is quite amazing – and both were selected at only eight years old.'
The pair will both be competing later this month at the London Open 2012, where Giarnni will be hoping to score high marks to help him secure a possible place at the Junior Europeans in 2014.
'Giarnni has been selected to represent GB next month in Switzerland in what will be his fifth international, having already brought gold medals back home with him,' Mrs Regini-Moran added.
'Emilio also looks like he's following his brother's footsteps and has been doing really well at national competitions.'
Carlos's success has been just as amazing within his chosen sport of kickboxing. Although he has only been involved in the sport for two years, he has rapidly risen up the ranks.
'Carlos, like his dad Glen who won boxing and kickboxing titles and belts, has really achieved an awful lot in two years and has been very successful,' Mrs Regini-Moran said.
After starting out as a gymnast, Carlos found he had other talents and joined Great Yarmouth' K9 gym. He has now won five national titles, and in Edinburgh in 2010, he won a world silver medal at the world championships.
He is now aiming for more glory at the world junior full-contact kickboxing championships in Orlando later this year.
But his next challenge is to find local sponsorship. Mrs Regini-Moran said: 'All three boys dedicate and commit so much of their time towards their training, so if there is anyone out there who would like to help Carlos, especially as he's unable to get any kind of grant for funding his training. That would be so much appreciated.'
As if three sporting stars in one family is not enough, the talented trio could soon be joined by a fourth, as their youngest brother, four-year-old Ricco, is already in the advanced group at Waveney Gym Club.
'To achieve what they have all achieved in such a short amount of time is incredible – and, who knows, the GB gymnastics squad might have a trio of brothers competing soon,' Mrs Regini-Moran said. 'We are so proud of them and so is their sister Ellesse, who's now 10. She is always there cheering the boys on too.'
Anyone keen to offer the boys sponsorship or support, should call Mrs Regini-Moran on 07827 918908.