Talented young gymnast Corey Walkes from Quayside Trampoline & Gymnastics Club in Bridgwater, made headlines this weekend, winning gold at a major sporting event held at the Arena in Birmingham.
Corey, from Radstock near Bath, claimed top spot in the hotly-contested men’s age 17-21 trampoline final on Sunday.
The 2018 Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini Trampoline British Championships. saw over 500 participants from 80 clubs take part in the two-day gymnastics spectacular, with competitors travelling from across the UK and more than 3,000 people attending the event – making it the most successful British Championships for the last five years.
A regular member of the British Team and 2018 European Silver medallist Corey Walkes held off stiff competition from his GB team members to become 2018 British Champion in the 17 – 21 Elite Men’s category.
Corey, 17, said “It’s pretty mad to become British Champion. I came to this competition hoping to sign off my junior career – I’ve been a junior for six years so it’s a great way to end the junior years. The atmosphere has been crazy and having all of my friends and family here is very special; that energy translated into my performance."
“I’m hoping to go senior for next year – fingers crossed!”
Corey was also awarded the coveted Paul Luxon Memorial Trophy which is presented to the gymnast who achieved the highest execution score for the 2 routines performed in the preliminary rounds.
Paul Luxon, who sadly passed away in 2004, became Great Britain’s first ever World Champion in 1972 changing the sport forever with his, at the time, unprecedented use of the line out position of his arms in his routines which is now a pivotal requirement to achieving perfection in a routine.
This trophy is especially poignant to Quayside as Paul was the training partner and good friend of Quayside’s Head Coach Susan Bramble and was the inspiration behind naming Quayside training venue The Luxon Centre.
This is Corey’s third British title having won gold in the Under 15's in 2014 and 2015. He was out of the running in 2016 due to injury however he scored the highest marks again last year in 2017 in the Mens Under 17's where he competed as a guest.
The event was captured on film for a popular children's television programme, Gym Stars who are currently making a documentary about trampoline gymnastics and were following Corey and some of Quayside’s up and coming talented gymnasts throughout the weekend’s competition. They will continue to follow their progress for the forthcoming months ready for their next series which will be aired next year on the BBC's CBBC channel.
Corey, a former pupil at Writhlington Secondary School in Radstock, is currently studying for his A levels at Beechen Cliff Sixth Form in Bath.
He travels to Bridgwater up to five days a week to train alongside British senior trampolinist Laura Gallagher where they are coached by International Performance Coach, Sue Bramble at Quayside.