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Gym star Giarnni sets sights on Olympics

PUBLISHED: 10:10 13 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:13 06 July 2010

LORD OF THE RINGS: Giarnni Regini-Moran, 11, from Lowestoft, has been selected for the Great Britain team later this month.

LORD OF THE RINGS: Giarnni Regini-Moran, 11, from Lowestoft, has been selected for the Great Britain team later this month.

A TALENTED Lowestoft youngster is setting his sights high as he aims for a shot at the Olympics in 2016.

Eleven-year-old Giarnni Regini-Moran has been selected to represent Great Britain for the first ever time in an international competition in Hungary, and the Foxborough Middle School pupil is looking forward to it all.

A TALENTED Lowestoft youngster is setting his sights high as he aims for a shot at the Olympics in 2016.

Eleven-year-old Giarnni Regini-Moran has been selected to represent Great Britain for the first ever time in an international competition in Hungary, and the Foxborough Middle School pupil is looking forward to it all.

The Waveney Gymnastics Club starlet shone at the British Championships for men at the start of this month, as he collected an all-round bronze medal at U12 level - beating more than 60 other competitors from across the country in the process.

This success also included three individual apparatus medals with gold on vault, silver on parallel bars and a bronze on high bar.

“I was pleased with how I done and while I like all the apparatus, my best piece is the parallel bars”, the youngster told The Journal.

He will now head to Hungary for four days at the end of this month with his coach and the club's assistant manager Pete Etherington.

“All the hard work and commitment Giarnni has shown over the years has paid off,” Etherington said. He deserves all the success he gets, and it is superb for him and his family.

“As a club, it is fantastic for us as well and hopefully it inspires some others in the club to go onto greater things,” he added.

After being selected as the youngest competitor in the under 12 national squad in 2007/8, Giarnni is currently one of Britain's top young gymnasts.

And after a trophy-laden few years, which has seen him rise meteorically through the ranks, he has been identified as a potential international gymnast for the future.

So much so that this international tournament call-up has come earlier than was expected. Now, he is training hard on a daily basis at his club in preparation for this event and also to gain selection for the junior European tournaments in 2014 and 2016.

But as the former Active Waveney Sports Award winner of the best junior sportsman in 2007 sets his long term goals high, sponsorship is urgently needed to help him fulfil his dream of competing at the Olympics in the future.

“This GB representation is a huge testament to his hard work and dedication, but without any form of sponsorship support one of the countries most talented gymnasts might not be able to fulfil his potential and dreams,” Mr Etherington said.

His proud mum, Kerry, added that the level at which Giarnni is competing now “it is financially very hard” to back him, as he's transported across the country and now overseas.

If any local business, company or individual would like to help this potential Olympian from Lowestoft achieve his dreams, and back him with sponsorship or grant aid support, please telephone The Journal's sports editor Mark Boggis on 01502 525833 or e-mail mark.boggis@archant.co.uk Your details will then be passed onto the family and club.


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