Tigers’ roaring success earns them a chance for international recognition

BIRD’S EYE VIEW: From the clock tower at Trinity Theatre
BALANCING ACT: The Tigers training at their gymnastics centre

From June 23 to June 29, the Tigers Gymnastic Club will be competing at The Acrobatic Gymnastics World Age Group Championships in Geneva, Switzerland.

The club’s gymnasts include William Clark and Harley Curtis-Lawrence, who will be competing in the men’s pair event, and Hector Kinghorn and Bea Henderson in the mixed pairs’ event.

Harley said: “It felt really good to be selected for the World Championships, I am very excited and can’t wait!

“We have had a long journey to get to this stage; we missed out at trials due to illness, then I had an injury.

“We were then selected, only for it to be delayed due to Covid.

“My club has been really important because without it I wouldn’t be anywhere. It has brought me a long way in gymnastics and given me so many opportunities. Tigers has made me the gymnast I am today.”

He added: “I love competing the most, because I like being nervous and the adrenaline of knowing you want to do your best on the floor.

“It is amazing to be able to show what you can do and see how other people enjoy it.

“Through competing, I have made many new friends, and have been lucky enough to visit many different countries to compete.”

The Tigers’ coach, Chris Rogers, told of his excitement over his team being back to doing what they do best:

“I was delighted that our partnerships were selected, given their hard work and effort.

“Like so many others, I am looking forward to returning to a sense of normality, and of course, with it being the World Championships, I am most looking forward to the high profile competition stake that a World Championships brings.”

James Thomas, British Gymnastics Performance Director, added: “This is another fantastic event to look forward to in the gymnastics calendar.

“It’s an exciting British team and one that will no doubt be glad to get back to competition.

“Having the opportunity to test themselves against the very best acrobatic gymnasts in the world is a great challenge.

“Congratulations to all of the gymnasts and coaches on their selection.”

For more information, or to find out how to get involved in gymnastics, visit british-gymnastics.org/News and tigersgymnastics.com

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