Gymnast Joseph tipped to reach the top

Joseph Wells
Joseph Wells

BUDDING gymnast Joseph Wells has been tipped to become a future Olympic star after being talent spotted by British coaches.

Wells, 10, has landed a call-up to a British Gymnastics training camp at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

The Doncaster Gymnastics Academy youngster finished eighth in Britain when he went head to head with the country’s best gymnasts in his age group earlier this summer.

His performance at the British Gymnastics National Development Grades event also caught the eye of national selectors and he will now receive specialist coaching from national team experts.

Tracey Gibbons, of Doncaster Gymnastics Academy, said: “Joseph is a truly gifted gymnast and shows real potential as a future Olympian and Team GB member.

“He has excelled at men’s artistic gymnastics, both through hard work, determination and a natural flare.

“Joseph trains at least four times a week, never faltering in his dedication to the club and sport,” she added.

“We are really proud of what he has achieved.”

Wells earned a call-up to the Yorkshire squad last October, who finished second overall at May’s National Development Grades competition.

Men’s artistic gymnastics, which is a popular Olympic sport, sees competitors perform several short routines on different apparatus.

Disciplines include floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, parallel bars and high bar.

Doncaster Gymnastics Academy, based in Kirk Sandall, opened in January 2011.

For more details visit www.doncastergymnasticsacademy.co.uk.