Gymnast Brodie raises the bar with triple medal success
PUBLISHED: 14:45 21 June 2019 | UPDATED: 15:03 21 June 2019
A young gymnast is riding the crest of a wave after enjoying medal success at a trio of national championships.
Brodie Davis, who is from Oulton Broad, savoured his first major success of the year back in March when he took gold on the horizontal bars at the Gymnastics British Championships held in Liverpool.
Just two months later, the talented 14-year-old claimed a bronze on the high bars at the English Championships in Ipswich.
Then, at the Irish Championships in Dublin at the end of May, Brodie was in first place for the majority of the competition before eventually missing out on gold by one point and instead winning another bronze.
His father, Paul Davis - himself a seasoned sportsman having been a professional boxer - said his son was keen to take his love for gymnastics to the next level.
"Brodie started gymnastics when he was four-years-old and has enjoyed it throughout his career," said Mr Davis. "But now he's getting to the age where it becomes more serious.
"What he's doing now, all his routines - they're getting a lot more dangerous, especially on apparatus such as the high bars."
As a youngster Brodie joined the highly-rated Waveney Gymnastics Club in Lowestoft, which has played host to some of the country's most talented gymnasts over the years.
Having soon discovered a knack for the sport, he began training on a regular basis and developed a reputation as an accomplished young athlete.
Brodie, who now represents Pipers Vale Gymnastics Club in Ipswich, will be back in Ireland at the end of July for the Super Series Championships, hungry for a taste of further success.
Mr Davis says it has been a hugely gratifying experience to see his son so committed in trying to achieve his goals.
"It has been life-changing for me as a dad to see Brodie's development and attitude," added Mr Davis. "I know what it entails from the training side of things to get this far with a sport.
"It's difficult when your friends are out having fun and you are stuck in the gym working hard five days a week."