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Southampton Gymnastics club achieves GB team selection

Southampton Gymnastics Club has been the home to Olympians, World, European and International Medallists since 1968. This year has been no exception as more Southampton City residents achieve the accolade of representing Great Britain.

Keri Llewellyn, the clubs Technical Director as well as coach to the Great Britain representatives said:

Kieran Whittle and Farai Bright Garamukanwa, the British Senior Champions in Acrobatic Gymnastics Men's Pairs have had a challenging journey to selection with a number of illnesses interrupting their progress. What has impressed me the most has been the courage and perseverance they have demonstrated which has been inspirational to the younger and next generation of gymnasts. It is a great message for all the gymnasts that hard work does pay off in the end.

With Great Britain being amongst the best in the world in acrobatic gymnastics, the pair's selection was not guaranteed. However, they produced superb performances that pleased the selectors enough to award them with a place in the Great Britain 2014 World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships Team 2014.

Being a non-funded sport, the boys have had to invest tens of thousands into their training to achieve their dream. The pairs dedication won't stop their as they also aim to aim to represent the country in next years European Championships.

Southampton Gymnastics Club's success continued as they also learnt that its chairman and lead judge, Caroline Hodgson had been selected to represent Great Britain as a Judge at the World Age Group Championships.

Southampton Gymnastics Club has given tens of thousands of children the opportunity to practice this great sport and offers classes in Pre School, Recreational, Competitive and Elite Gymnastics. For enquiries on how to join the club or if you would like to sponsor the Great Britain Team Members, please call 02380 529952 or visit www.sotongym.co.uk

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