King’s Lynn gymnast Reece takes a tumble for Great Britain in Portugal

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Lynn gymnast Reece Emsley has recently represented Great Britain in Tumbling when he travelled to Portugal to take part in the 10th Loule Cup.

Reece was invited to train with the elite squad in King’s Lynn Gymnastics Club in September 2008 after showing great potential when starting gymnastics.

He began training in sports acrobatics and tumbling and showed great potential in tumbling which is where he found his passion. He competed in the home competitions held at Lynnsport before progressing to regional and national competitions and more recently in the British Finals.

His ambition has always been to train with the GB squad, so concentrated on tumbling over sports acrobatics. He took part in the British Qualifiers earlier this year in Sheffield gaining qualification into the British Championships at the Echo Arena Liverpool in September.

Reece competed in the boys aged 15/16 category, securing a place in the final for the next day where he finished in fifth place.

Reece flew out to Portugal with the Great Britain squad in October and competed in the junior boys category.

In the prelims he executed a fantastic run and achieved a joint third position taking him through to the finals in which he came fourth overall. He gained so much from the whole experience.

l A fantastic display of talent was on show at the annual display and presentation event for Lynn Gymnastics Club at Alive Lynnsport. The show was sold out and around 400 gymnasts took part with routines performed to music from films and shows with a number of presentations to recognise the special achievements of the gymnasts.

Awards were presented by Alive Leisure Chief Exec Simon McKenna and special guests Mae, Rosa and Isla Betts. The first awards went to Jessica Lawrence, Rosie Bishop and George Middleton for the pre-school categories. Rauls Tiltnicks and Edward Mpagi were awarded in the special needs categories and Ben Barlow received the Bob Betts Memorial Award. The grade 8 award went to Charlie Houchen and Grade 7 to Ebony Williamson.

Displays continued with routines from grades 6, 5 & 4 followed by presentations to Lucas Batterham for grade 6, Connor Burns for grade 5 and Lily Hinds for grade 5.

Higher grades awards were presented to Jake Barber for grade 3, Kirsten Barker for grade 2 and Ewa Pieczkolaic for grade 1.

Elite presentations went to Ashmettaa Ashokkumar, Jack Bratton, Grace Gee, Rueben Mathunjwa, Amelia Gooding, Archie Minns and Rebecca Skittrell.

The Dow Shield was awarded to Reece Emsley for his recent achievements competing with Great Britain and the most promising young coach to Freddie Playford.

Around £3,500 was raised, all of which goes to KLGC.

Funds are used for equipment, coach development and competitions. All classes and lessons take place at Alive Lynnsport. For more information regarding the Alive Gymnastics programme, please contact Lynnsport on 01553 818001.