Honiton gym duo win national silver

PUBLISHED: 19:31 18 April 2012

Buster Tutcher and Ashley Wallis

Buster Tutcher and Ashley Wallis


Honiton acrobatic gymnasts Buster Tutcher and Ashley Wallis took silver medals at last weekend’s British Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships in the 11-16 men’s pair event.

The medals are the highest accolade so far for the duo, who train for 13 hours per week at Honiton Gym Club.

Honiton Gym Club high performance coach James Reddy, who – along with his wife Helen Reddy, and Emma Smith – coaches the pair, said: “It was an exciting weekend for Buster and Ashley, and the lads competed excellently. They scored a personal best, and were only beaten by boys that are the current European age group champions.

“On the first day of competition they qualified in second, which put them in a strong position going into the finals. This shows how much they have improved over the past 12 months. We’re incredibly proud of them.”

Thirteen-year-old Ashley, a pupil at Honiton Community College, balances on Buster’s hands and head, while Buster, also aged 13 and a pupil at the Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis, throws Ashley for somersaults in the air. They join these acrobatic moves together with individual gymnastic and tumbling elements.

Also claiming national medals were Honiton’s 11-16 mixed pair Charlotte Beviss (aged 10 and a pupil at Honiton Primary) and 15-year-old Josh Jackson, who travels from Ivybridge Community College to train with her. The junior trio of Jes Kennaway, Rachel Palfrey and Valentine Tutcher put in an excellent performance, finishing in ninth, and Kaisha Dessalines-Wright and Alice Hewstone produced their best routines to date, finishing 11th in the 11-16 girls’ pairs event.

“Honiton may only be a small town, but we’re gaining an increasing reputation for the acrobatic gymnasts here,” added James. “This year we’ve already produced regional champions at various levels, and now that we’ve had success at a national level our budding younger gymnasts not only have a clear goal to aim for but also strong role models to look up to.”

In 2010, ex-Honiton gymnast Douglas Fordyce won Britain’s Got Talent as a member of acrobatic group Spelbound; another ex Honiton gymnast Wayne Skivington performs in Cirque Du Soleil’s Mystère show in Las Vegas, and current Honiton squad coach Melissa Ilsley toured the world performance in various circus shows.

●This week Honiton Gym Club launched its first ‘potential group’ sessions to prepare the young gymnasts that it believes will be stars of the future.

To find out more visit www.honitongymclub.org or contact Helen Nayler on 07825 181693, or email honitongymclub@gmail.com..

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