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After an eventful and unsettling year in 2020 the worlds biggest and most prestigious sporting event, the Olympic Games, was postponed to 2021. As the pandemic spiralled out of control around the world through 2021 there were big concerns if the games would take place at all.

However with hard work, determination, and people coming together the world was excited to watch the very best athletes take the stage and perform once again.

We, as a club are extremely proud to be able to say we had 4 members representing Team GB and SEGC at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Our Director of coaching, Scott Hann MBE, was a part of the Men’s GB team as coach to Max Whitlock MBE.

Max was a part of the 4 man team representing Team GB, and after a very successful 2016 Olympic cycle, was ready to defend his pommel title. Max only competed on 3 apparatus in Tokyo (pommel, p bars and high bar) so wouldn’t be able to defend his all around bronze medal or floor title.

Leading on from Max and Scott’s success in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Max’s performances showed their determination and resilience over the difficult years prior to the Tokyo Games.

Max put in an unbelievable performance for the team in the team final and also retained his Olympic title making him the most successful gymnast on pommel horse of all time.

Max now has 6 Olympic medals, including 3 Olympic titles.

We also had 2 more SEGC members out in Tokyo representing Team GB on the Women's Artistic side - Michelle Fleming (coach) and Georgia-Mae Fenton (gymnast)

Georgia-Mae was selected as the 1st reserve for the Women's Artistic team. This as a huge achievement, allowing her to gain experience for the next Olympic cycle. Georgia-Mae was accompanied by her coach Michelle. Michelle was selected as one of two team coaches that took the bronze medal.

We are all extremely proud of our SEGC members that were out in Tokyo, not only representing us, but also representing TEAM GB.


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