Vision is rewarded as city gymnasts are top picks.
Sixteen gymnasts have been invited to join the Great Britain Squad, one in the England Squad and one in the Scottish Squad across four different disciplines, men's artistic, rhythmic, tumbling and women's artistic gymnastics.
The vision and foresight demonstrated by Birmingham City Council GYMNASTICS Lesley Browne in terms of encouraging young people to participate in sport cannot be underestimated.
The development of a PS7.5million state-of-the-art GMAC facility in 2008 has ensured that gymnastics in the city is flourishing from grass roots to international performance level.
The inclusion of 18 young people from Birmingham in elite GB squads is a testament to excellent strategic planning, well thought-out organisation and management by the City of Birmingham Gymnastics Development Manager, who secured, developed and attracted the very best coaches to the City of Birmingham and built a programme that boasts over 42 weekly classes and more than 1,100 participants ranging from 18 months to 50 years. British Gymnastics have officially selected these City of Birmingham gymnasts to represent Great Britain throughout 2014 and they will be aiming to use this experience as a springboard in their development towards fulfilling their aspirations of representing Team GB at future championships, internationals, the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics in years to come.
City of Birmingham Gymnastics Club coaches, Jody Kime, Krystie Newton, Lee Woolls, Luke Folwell, Chris Porter and Lisa Higgins, have all made a fantastic contribution to their gymnasts' success at numerous events throughout the year and deserve to be rightly proud of their gymnasts. Phil Barrow, City of Birmingham Gymnastics Development Manager and International Performance Coach, is delighted with the programme's success.
He said: "Birmingham is now recognised as having one of the country's top junior gymnastics programmes whose achievements have been born from commitment, focus, planning and a lot of sweat.
''The Gymnastics and Martial Arts Centre and Birmingham are carving a path of excellence for all to follow,'' he added.
Selected for international duty (back row from left): Mimi Isabella Cesar - 2014 GBR Rhythmic Team; Emma White - 2014 Scotland Women's Artistic Team; Jaydon Paddock - 2014 GBR Tumbling Team; Jake Watson - 2014 GBR Elite Performance Squad; Dominick Cunningham - 2014 GBR Men's Senior TOP Squad; Joe Fraser - 2014 GBR Men's Junior TOP Squad; Harry Caulwell - 2014 GBR Men's Junior TOP Squad; Korben Fellows - 2014 GBR Elite Performance Squad; Eden Edwards - 2014 England Team. Front row: Tobie Watson - 2014 GBR Elite Performance Squad; Hamzah Baig - 2014 GBR Elite Performance Squad; Joshua Nathan - 2014 GBR Junior TOP Squad; Megan Parker - 2014 GBR Espoir Squad; Thomas Paradise - 2014 GBR Elite Performance Squad; Rachel Fraser - 2014 GBR Espoir Squad. Inset (top): Hamish Carter - 2014 GBR Junior TOP Squad; Kallum Mulhall (centre) - 2014 GBR Tumbling Team; Taeja James (bottom) - 2014 GBR Espoir Squad. Ati ti T J d