Lynn teenager Sam Slater has been selected for the British Gymnastics Tumbling Team.
The 18 year-old King’s Lynn Gymnastics Club member has trained nine years for this and has achieved many medals in his gymnastics career including being a regional champion and then national champion several times.
He then went on to competing in the British Qualifiers three years ago and qualified for the British Championships. This took place in Liverpool at the Echo Arena over two days,
The College of West Anglia (CoWA) student was laying sixth after the first day which qualified him for the final where he performed with so much courage considering his competition were all already in the British team. He came away with a very respectable seventh place.
This year he again qualified for the British Championships but unfortunately although his warm up was amazing his actual competing tumble did not go to plan.
This however did not stop the British coach from spotting him. He had seen Sam’s warm up and within two weeks had selected him for a National Pathway training camp which in tumbling is a stepping stone to the British team.
Sam’s mother Caroline said: “We were then delighted to receive a phone call even before he had attended the camp from Sam’s coach (Trudi Nicholson) to say that Sam had been selected for the British team for a competition in Loule, Portugal, in October.
“This was obviously amazing news. The club have been very supportive and are doing all they can with applying for grants, etc, to cover the cost of the trip as it’s self funding and will cost in the region of £1,000.
“We have we think found a sponsor who will help a little but any other assistance would be very gratefully received as I am a single parent with only a part time job.”
To top that news, Nicholson – from Watlington – has been selected to be a British coach in Loule.
Caroline added: “This is also self funding so the club are trying to get funds for Trudi also. Her selection was so well deserved: she works tirelessly with her gymnasts to achieve the most amazing results.”
Slater at CoWA is studying a level 3 sports diploma. He coaches gymnastics at the club as a part time job around his studies and training.