Waveney Gym Club's talented youngster Giarnni Regini-Moran is on a Swiss roll
PUBLISHED: 10:34 08 April 2011
WHILE many Lowestoft youngsters are at school today, one talented gymnast will be flying high as he leaves the classroom behind, pulls on a Great Britain vest and heads out to represent his country in Switzerland.
Waveney Gymnastics Club’s Giarnni Regini-Moran has again been selected to represent GB in the Rheintal Cup and his club and parents are understandably delighted.
“Giarnni is the first boy from Suffolk to go to an international competition for Great Britain, and hopefully he will do really, really well again,” his Waveney Gym Club coach Pete Etherington said.
Competing in the U14 age group against gymnasts from across the world, who are often two years older than him, holds no fear for the talented youngster.
“Giarnni trains five times a week, putting in 22 hours a week in our gym,” Etherington said. “That takes a lot of hard work and dedication and we’re really pleased he’s in this team of four from GB competing in Switzerland.”
The youngster flies out with the Team GB squad from London this morning (Friday) before a quick training session is followed by the competition on Saturday and a return flight home on Sunday.
This is the second time Giarnni has been selected to represent his country, having previously competed at the Future Cup Competition in Austria last December.
But setting their sights even further ahead, his club coach said this week: “Giarnni is world class on vault and floor – so our goal is the Junior Europeans and the Olympics in 2016.”
His proud parents Glen and Kerri Regini-Moran were equally delighted with his latest international call-up.
“Giarnni has done really well again and to be picked for a second time to represent your country at the age of 12 is a fantastic achievement,” Mrs Regini-Moran said.
“Glen and I are so, so proud of all our kids, and extremely proud of what Giarnni has achieved.
“He has made a lot of sacrifices to get to where he is today, but through all the hours of hard work he has put in, he’s now competing against some of the best young gymnasts in the world.”
They also expressed a “really big thank you” to M.R.King & Sons for their sponsorship of Giarnni.