Lions help Tigers to earn their stripes
2nd October 2019
THE Lions Club has presented a group of elite gymnasts with a donation of £500 as they prepare to take part in the European Championships for Acrobatic Gymnastics later this month.
Tigers Gymnastics Centre will be sending five club members to the showpiece event in Holon, Israel from October 30 to November 3.
Twelve-year-old Bea Henderson will be making her international debut in the 12-18 Mixed Pair category with club mate Hector Kinghorn, 15.
Olivia Hossenboccus, 17, Amy Rowe, 14, and Fran Arnell, 12, will also be representing their country for the first time when they take part in the 12-18 Women’s Group.
Vice President of Tonbridge Lions Richard Hill presented a cheque to Tigers’ director and team coach Chris Rogers at the centre, which is based at the Jump In Trampoline Park in Morley Road.
The team showed Mr Hill and other visiting Lions some of their acrobatic moves which they will perform at the championships.
Mr Hill said: “We were amazed at the strength, skill and composure of the young athletes and we wish them every success in next month’s European competition.”
The funding will help with expenses such as purchasing their Team GB uniform and highly decorated competition leotards.
Tigers has generated an astonishing pedigree in the discipline since it opened just three years ago. Hector has already won a European title with Sam Large in 2015. He also took home a silver medal from the World Championships a year later, while Sam was crowned world champion with Sammi Nassman last year.
Mr Rogers said: “This is the beginning of many great things to come from Tigers, we continue to go from strength to strength.”
The gymnasts train for 14 hours per week and he added: “It’s difficult to say how long it takes to get the routine perfect as we are always striving for making improvements.
“But what I can say is we have made unbelievable progress in the last year.”
Amy’s mother, Wendy Rowe, told the Times: “The gymnasts really appreciate the donation from the Lions club, it will really help towards the cost of the trip.
“They enjoyed being able to show the Lions some of their moves and being able introduce their coach Chris Rogers to them.
“The Lions have been invited back for a fundraising evening on October 12 at the Tigers Centre so they can see their full routines and as a thank you.”