YMCA Barry Gymnastics have had a fantastic competition season and the male gymnasts have performed brilliantly at the English and British Championships.

Josh Cook was invited to compete in the English Championships as a guest due to the British National coaches monitoring his progress. Josh had an excellent competition, competing on all six apparatus and finished in 3rd position in the English Guest category.

The following weekend was the annual British Championships, where Josh Cook and Cameron Sinden competed in the Senior category, Harri Morgan in the Under 18’s competition and Rhys Griffiths in the Under 16’s classification.

Rhys Griffiths as YMCA Barry’s youngest competitor at the British Championships had a difficult build up to the competition due to injury. However, with great determination, Rhys competed on three pieces of apparatus with brilliant results.

Rhys earnt 9th on High Bar, narrowly missing out on the High Bar Finals and qualified in the top eight for the Under 16’s British Floor Final. Out of all the male gymnasts Rhys’ age, he had the 5th highest score on Floor, a great result and excellent experience for the future.

In the Under 18’s category, Harri was against extremely tough competition, however, Harri held his nerve and performed with great skill, finishing in 24th place overall.

In the senior competition Josh and Cameron competed huge difficulty in their routines. Cameron in his first senior competition placed 18th Overall and Josh even with a couple of errors placed 10th overall.

Due to Josh’s high bar score coming amongst the top eight gymnasts, Josh qualified for the High Bar Masters Final. This is a huge achievement, as Britain is one of the best countries in the world at Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, Josh and Cameron were competing against world class athletes.

During the High Bar final Josh competed phenomenally, held his nerve and performed hugely complex skills and received the second highest score of the Championships.

Josh is now the 2019 British Silver High Bar Medallist.

Congratulations, Rhys, Harri, Cameron, Josh and their coach Pete Haysham for these fantastic results.

YMCA Barry Gymnastics clubs is the most successful club in the Vale of Glamorgan and cater for all levels of gymnastics from Gymbabies & Gymtots, Gymnastics for boys and girls from beginners to international gymnasts.

If you would like your child want to try gymnastics please call 01446 724000, email sophie@ymcabarry.org.uk or follow us on social media @ymcabarry