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Brum kids prove they are a Brit of all right; GYMNASTICS.

Byline: Lesley Browne

CITY of Birmingham Head Men's Artistic Gymnastics coach, Lee Woolls, took a four-man team to the19th International Team Competition in Berlin, Germany. We are delighted to report that two of the team were from the City of Birmingham Gymnastics Club, Joe Fraser and Joshua Nathan. Also in and completing the team were Jay Thompson from South Essex and Europa's Giarnni Regini-Moran.

This competition is the largest junior gymnastics event in the world, this year being the biggest yet.

Thirty-two teams from all around the world, including Japan, Ukraine, Belgium and Switzerland, competed.

The British boys competed extremely well, winning the team competition with a score of 247.400, beating Belgium (243.750) and Japan (242.750) into the lower medals.

Joe finished second in the All Around competition with a score of 82.250, just behind team-mate Giarnni on 82.750. Joshua's 14.00 points scored on pommel horse proved to be the highest scoring of the day and showcased his consistent and high-start score value routine.

Woolls commented on the event and the importance of the boy's success.

He said: "It was an honour watching our boys compete with some great gymnastics nations and come out on top.

"It has given them and the rest of the GBR boys the belief that we can continue to challenge for the medals at the European Championships.

"With the European Championships nearly upon us it was clear several teams were using it as a trial for eligible gymnasts from within their teams, so we were expecting some fantastic performances, which were delivered across the three sub divisions.

"It was important that our team, all of which could potentially earn selection to our 2014 European Championship team, went out and showed a level of performance and maturity that would make other countries doubt as to whether we can be beaten again.

"There was no better statement to the teams across Europe than when the boys were standing at the top of the podium, three marks ahead of their closest rivals. Being part of the GBR system at this time is extremely exciting and carries a special pride for all GB sport."

The win is a big boost to the entire junior squad and an excellent gauge of the GB men's squad preparations for the European Championships in Sofia.


The victorious GB team (from left to right): Joe Fraser, Giamni Regini-Moran, Joshua Nathan and Jay Thompson.
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Date:May 14, 2014
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