Student pivots into international competition

Latest news in Yorkshire: October 09, 2018 09:40:15 AM

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Barnsley Sixth Form College student, gymnast Megan Bridge, has been
chosen to represent England at the International Leverkusen Cup in
Germany.

The 17-year-old took up gymnastics aged five by following in her mum’s
footsteps and joining the Barnsley Gymnastics Club. She now trains at
Gymmagic in Leeds, where she was crowned with a Gold medal at the
English Championships.

Megan of Burton Bank Road, will compete against some of the best
gymnasts on the international circuit in Germany and trains for 27 hours
a week to perfect her routines, working on her balance, strength,
flexibility, agility, coordination and endurance.

Megan is part of the Barnsley Sports Academy within College and works on
her strength with the coaching staff. This has enabled her to access an
Elite Sports Performance Bursary to fund aspects of her competition such
as equipment and travel.

Megan, a Mathematics, Economics and Business A Level student, said: “I’m
an artistic gymnast which requires me to perform short routines on
vault, pommel horse, parallel bars, balance beam and floor exercises.
It’s hard work but I enjoy every minute. I’m looking forward to
competing in a prestigious international event and gaining experience
from it.

“The support I have received from the Sports Academy has really helped
me to pursue my goals in gymnastics and Barnsley Sixth Form College has
enabled me to fit my training around my studies with a personalised
timetable.”

Barnsley Sports Academy offers fantastic facilities and a team of expert
and specialist coaches supporting talented sports performers in any
discipline. Academies include Football (male and female), Rugby,
Netball, Basketball, Refereeing and Individual Athlete Academy.

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