Gymnast David has a spring in his step

PUBLISHED: 11:04 24 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:54 26 October 2009

Gymnast David Fraser with his gold medal

Gymnast David Fraser with his gold medal

EIGHT-year-old gymnast David Fraser has scooped a gold medal at the British Gymnast Eastern Regional set work qualifiers held in Ipswich. Unfortunately, despite finishing as the best individual multi-discipline gymnast in his junior event, he is unable to

EIGHT-year-old gymnast David Fraser has scooped a gold medal at the British Gymnast Eastern Regional set work qualifiers held in Ipswich.

Unfortunately, despite finishing as the best individual multi-discipline gymnast in his junior event, he is unable to progress to the national finals to be held in Newcastle.

That's because as he didn't turn eight until February he does not fit into the strict age ranges as directed by British Gymnastics.

Yet it's not all bad for the Potters Bar youngster as it means he will be eligible to compete at next year's event having already had the experience and developed a winning formula.

David's mother, Fiona Fraser, is sad that he won't be able to compete at the nationals, but hopes next year will bring the opportunity.

She said: "He has gained lots of confidence and experience from his gold-medal winning performance and is looking to take that into every tournament from now on.

"He understands about the age issue, and he is not downhearted about it, instead keeping his focus on performing at the next event."

David has been involved with gymnastics for many years and having trained at Furzefield in Potters Bar at the age of five, he was singled out as someone with exceptional talent.

He was then advised to develop his skills with a more intense training programme.

Since then the Lochinver House School pupil has been training at the Marriotts club in Stevenage up to four times a week, taking part in two to three hour sessions, and it appears the advice given has paid dividends.

At the event in Ipswich, David competed in the floor, the high bars, the pommel, the parallel bars and the rings.

He particularly excelled at the rings and the parallel bars, and his confidence in his abilities was demonstrated when he volunteered to perform on the rings at a special Mother's Day event held in Stevenage.

Fiona said: "There is no doubt that he is very good, and I want to support him through whatever career path he chooses to take.

"We are immensely proud of him, and he deserves it after all the hard work he has put in.


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