Marcus Flies to success

May 03 2016

A pupil from Chipping Sodbury School is celebrating after winning abronze medal at the World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships. Marcus Flint won his medal at the event in China.

A pupil from Chipping Sodbury School is celebrating after winning abronze medal at the World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships. Marcus Flint won his medal at the event in China.
Representing Great Britain, year 12 student Marcus saved his best performance for last after qualifying for the final in sixth place. “The scores go back to zero for the final so my partner Harry and I felt we had nothing to lose and we gave it everything.” Marcus said.
The trip to China gave Marcus a taste of life for a top-ranking competitor,  “As soon as we left the airport, we were being asked for autographs and photos. This happened everywhere we went; it was so surreal” he said.
With only a couple of days to get over jet lag Marcus’s first routine, performed with his partner Harry, was a dynamic throw and catch with somersaults thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately their routine was a bit shaky and they were placed 6th out of 7.
The second day of competition again didn’t go to plan and the pairs balance routine was once again a little unpolished but they managed to qualify for the final, finishing in sixth place.
The pair pulled it together for the final, and their combined routine, a mix of the two previous performances resulted in a bronze medal.
Marcus continued, “It was the worst thing ever having to watch the others compete and wait for the scores. When I realised we had done enough for a bronze I couldn’t believe it. I hugged my coach who I’ve known since I was five; we were both ecstatic and I had finally achieved my dream. It was an amazing experience and one I’ll never forget.”