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Boys' gym joy

PUBLISHED: 11:51 08 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:02 05 July 2010

SOME of the most talented young gymnasts in the country have joined forces at the Waveney Gymnastics Club in Lowestoft this week.

A first for the prestigious local venue has seen the club in Southwell Road host the National Squad elite boys gymnastics group in the past week.

SOME of the most talented young gymnasts in the country have joined forces at the Waveney Gymnastics Club in Lowestoft this week.

A first for the prestigious local venue has seen the club in Southwell Road host the National Squad elite boys gymnastics group in the past week.

This squad consists of 22 boys between the ages of nine and 14, and many will probably be the internationals of the future as they represent the “best in the country” for their age group.

Within the squad are two boys from the Waveney club who are part of this talented group for the future.

Accompanying the boys is national coach Barry Collie and a team of six other coaches from across the country. Some of the Waveney coaches have also been involved and several have attended to improve their knowledge and experience.

The week has involved training from Monday at around 10.30am, when they arrived, through to lunch on Friday. The sessions have been intense as the squad have trained exclusively for each day until around 6pm. All the meals have been provided on site and the party of gymnasts and coaches have stayed at the Hotel Hatfield.

On Wednesday afternoon, the group also went to Pleasurewood Hills, the only afternoon when they were not training.

“The opportunity to host such a high level squad of gymnasts has meant that some of the clubs other talented gymnasts have trained in the evenings instead of the day time training during the school holiday,” a Waveney Gymnastics Club spokesman said. “This has been appreciated by the organisers of the week, who recognise the support of all club members.”

Many of the parents of the boys, who have come from across the country as far afield as Scotland, the south west, north west, south east and north east, as well as all regions in between have commented on the quality of the centre.

“The town has much to be proud of,” WGC chairman John Pawsey said. Four older boys also attended the week as experienced national/international gymnasts.

“We have had an absolutely brilliant week,” Barry Collie the national squad coach said. “The facilities are great, accommodation and food has been excellent. “It has been very successful, they thoroughly enjoyed Wednesday's trip to Pleasurewood Hills and to the beach. “It is a great place for camps, particularly summer camps, and I hope we come again!”

Echoing those sentiments, Scott Hann - from South Essex Gymnastics Club - who has six boys in attendance at the camp, added: “We have had an excellent week, and have been well looked after. “It has been a very productive week.”

Ionut Trandaburu, from Pegasus Gym Club in Kent, said: “I think it is a brilliant facility and I will be taking some photographs of the club to take back to Pegasus to show them the level of Waveney's facility.”

Several of the gymnasts added that they have thoroughly enjoyed their visit and had a really good week.


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