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Alton’s own Stuart Sharpe reclaimed his crown this past weekend as he once again became a BRITISH CHAMPION!

Stuart was competing in the British Championships in the Trampoline Disability Category 1 Mens group, following his excellent performances earlier in the year. Inside a packed Arena in Birmingham, and with BBC TV cameras surrounding the competition floor, Stuart and the top gymnasts in the country competed for the title across a full action-packed weekend.

Despite some heart-stopping moments, Stuart held his nerve to complete both routines on day one, qualifying into Sunday in first place. Stuart was pushing himself with his Voluntary routine being his hardest routine to date, beginning with three double somersaults. On the Sunday Stuart then showed great composure, improving on his previous display and receiving the highest individual score of the weekend in his group to claim the gold medal!

For Stuart this was an testament to the work he has put in since failing to qualify last year. He did incredibly well performing alongside a group of gymnasts in the Disability category who are all quickly improving and pushing one another.

We are incredible proud of Stuart and everything he has achieved. Well done to him, and to his family and coach Sylvia, who provided wonderful support to him and everyone in the group over the whole weekend. There’s no rest though, as he now prepares for the English Championships next month. One thing is certain though, he can now call himself a 2018 British Champion!

All of the results can be found on the British Gymnastics website.

by Mike Wakely