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A Level student returns from World Championships with Bronze medal

A Level student, Vada Finniear, is celebrating his selection for Team GB, after winning Bronze in the World Championships held, March 21 – April 5, in China.

The 18 year old, who is currently studying at SGS College is also a member of Harriers Acrobatic Gymnastics Club, based at Patchway Sports Centre, has already achieved huge success including the Pat Wade Tournament in November 2014, and representing Great Britain at the European Championships in Riesa, Germany in October 2015.

Vada, from Pucklechurch, Bristol, had trained hard in preparation for the event, where he competed in the mixed pair’s age group 13-19 with his partner Kennedi Cross.

In their group there were 12 partnerships. After qualifications the top 8 went through to the finals. He explains: “Our first routine wasn't our best so we were worryingly placed 7th, but after calming down a bit our second routine placed 1st, so we qualified overall in 5th for the finals.”

After a nervous final round the pair were placed 3rd, Russia in 2nd and America in 1st, winning a bronze medal for Great Britain.

Vada comments: “The competition was so exciting, and we never imagined we would get a medal, so that made the competition even more memorable!

“It can be difficult to juggle gymnastics training and college work. If there were a competition abroad I would have to miss college and catch up when I got back, but then if I have exams coming up I would have to miss training so I have extra time to revise.

“Somehow, even though I've been doing gym for nearly 10 years, I've only had one competition clash with an exam, so I've been very lucky in that way.

“Whenever someone has asked me what I want to achieve with gymnastics in the future the one thing I've always said is to compete in the world championships as a member of Team GB – I’m ecstatic to have actually done it.

“It's the biggest competition for Acrobatic Gymnastics and Team GB has some amazing gymnasts, so it was really exciting to be competing alongside them. Now we have a friendly competition in Swansea, and then an international in Italy before the British Championships in July, so we'll be hoping to do the best we can in these.

“My partner, Kennedi Cross, and I are the first gymnasts from our club to have been selected for the world championships, and our coach was also selected as a Great Britain Coach for the team.
Speaking about the future, Vada said: “After I complete my A levels I want to apply for a Sign Language course, because I want to work as an interpreter. I would also love to be a circus acrobat sometime in the future too.”