Japanese trampoline team set to shine at Waveney Gym Club in Lowestoft
PUBLISHED: 15:57 21 July 2011
A STATE-OF-THE-ART Lowestoft facility is helping to put the town on the "world gymnastics map".
Celebrating a triple tonic this week, the Waveney Gymnastics Club has landed another major coup with the announcement that the Japanese trampoline team will be showcasing their skills as they train at the club next month.
The Japanese squad – one of the best teams in the world – will visit the Waveney gym club in Southwell Road for a week long training camp in August.
And continuing to build on its reputation as a top class training facility for international teams, this visit – which is also an opportunity to assess the suitability of the facility as a preparation venue for London 2012 – comes hard on the heels of recent confirmation that the Australian and Canadian men’s gymnastics teams will use the club to train ahead of next year’s Olympics in the capital.
With the gym club maintaining links with the Japanese Federation following previous visits from the Japanese Institute of Sports Science in 2009 and 2010, the Federation has asked the club to simulate the training camp which would be offered to its delegates and athletes in the build up to next year’s Games.
A delighted Centre manager, Vikki Rogers, told The Journal: “The short timescales involved mean that the club has had to work very hard to pull everything together in time. However, we are confident that we will be able to provide the team with the best possible facility, service and welcome,” she added.
The Japanese visit will coincide with the annual hosting of the British Gymnastics Elite Boy’s Summer Camp, which has been held at Waveney Gymnastics Club for the last four years.
Claire Henwood, service manager for sports and arts at Waveney District Council said: “We must congratulate the Waveney Gymnastics Club for its sheer determination and enthusiasm in continuing to attract national teams to the district.
“The amount of work that they put into being the best hosts that they can continues to be rewarded with the Japanese visit being one of three that they hope to support over the next 12 months.
“Visits of this kind can only be positive for the area, raising aspirations amongst our communities and instilling a sense of pride,” Ms Henwood added.
“We wish them every luck with the visit and once again offer our sincere congratulations.”
Councillor Kathy Gosling, Suffolk County Council portfolio holder for sport, culture, diversity, health and wellbeing, added: “It’s fantastic news that Waveney Gym Club has secured another nation to train at their excellent facilities.
“With a little over a year to go to the Games, and excitement continuing to build, their work is really helping to put Lowestoft and Suffolk on the world gymnastics map.”
• TALENTED young gymnast Giarnni Regini-Moran has received another boost as he aims to reach the top.
At only 12 years old Giarnni is competing on a national and international stage having been selected for the GB U14 gymnastics squad.
Competing across Europe, Giarnni has achieved a team first place in the Austrian Cup with a number of second, third and fourth place finishes as an individual at other international events.
He has been tipped to reach the highest international level by a senior from the governing body – British Gymnastics.
And last Friday, at his Waveney Gymnastics Club headquarters, Giarnni was awarded a grant from the Suffolk SportsAid Foundation.
Adam Baker, Suffolk’s Project Manager for the 2012 Games, told The Journal: “The sole purpose of the Suffolk SportsAid Foundation is to raise money to help the next generation of Suffolk’s sporting talent to succeed.
“It is a joint initiative between SportsAid, the national charity for sports people, Suffolk Sport and ‘Rising to the Challenge Suffolk’ the campaign to maximise the benefits for Suffolk from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. SportsAid is the only UK charity directly helping talented British sportsmen and women.”
Research from SportsAid has identified that on average each athlete spends over £5,500 per year on equipment, training, travelling and all the other essentials that are required for competing at the top level.
More often than not their only sponsors are the parents, so every bit of independent recognition and financial help that the young athlete gets at this stage makes a world of difference.
“Since the Suffolk SportsAid Foundation was launched in 2007 it has awarded over 80 grants to talented sportsmen and women from across Suffolk, all of whom are competing at either national or international level,” Mr Baker added.
The grant was presented to Giarnni by Mark Harrod, from Mark Harrod Ltd of Beccles, who are supporting the Suffolk SportsAid Foundation.