Abi Martin

Budding star gymnast Abi, 14, to take on Europe's best

Torbay Weekly

Torbay budding star gymnast Abi Martin is set to take on the best in Europe.

The South Devon School of Gymnastics teenager has been picked to represent Great Britain in her first major international.

Abi, now 14, has been with the Paignton-based club since the age of five, working her way up through its recreational and development groups.

From the age of eight she started on the performance pathway and at 11 was the British Voluntary and Combined National Champion.

Since then, Abi has continued to impress and worked her way into British squads and next month she will travel to Munich to represent Great Britain at the Junior Europeans.

It is being described as a ‘huge achievement’ and will be Abi’s first major international, having recently represented British Gymnastics at two international friendlies.

The selections come on the back of her fabulous results at the British Championships in April and other selection events.

The British team of five will compete against the best 14 to 15-year-olds in Europe.

A club spokesman said: “We are thrilled for Abi and her coach Rachel Wignall (Tucker) who will be joining Abi in Munich as her personal coach.

“Rachel also attended the two friendly internationals Abi competed in as one of the team coaches, a huge honour for Rachel.  Rachel has recently passed her Level 5 coaching exam and been selected as one of 10 up and coming British performance coaches to be part of a new program designed to help develop the elite coaches of the future.

The club has recently enjoyed success with their gymnasts at both the recent Exeter Challenge recreational competition and the Gymstars Open competition.

South Devon School of Gymnastics has been running for 30 years and offer a wide range of sessions suitable for all ages and levels. All coaches hold British Gymnastics coaching awards and have advanced DBS and are First Aid qualified.

For information on the club please email enquiries.southdevongym@gmail.com or visit the website: http://southdevongym.co.uk/