Pegasus Gymnastics in Tovil, Maidstone, is the training hub of Team GB gymnasts Courtney Tulloch and James Hall. The local sportsmen, who both live and grew up in the County Town, have recently returned from competing in the European Championships in Glasgow, where they both obtained a silver medal for their country, along with team mates Max Whitlock MBE, Dom Cunningham and Joe Fraser. Courtney Tulloch also won an individual bronze medal on the rings, and James Hall competed in the individual high bar final, narrowly missing out on third place.
To celebrate their success, the team at Pegasus welcomed the Mayor of Maidstone, Councillor David Naghi, to meet James and Courtney and to observe an afternoon training session. Of the response they have both received from the residents of Maidstone, Courtney said
“Every time we come back from a competition, people are just clapping us, people I don’t know just come up to me and say how well I’ve done and how proud they are -the support they’ve given me, I owe them a lot so I’m grateful.”
The current Mayor has a personal connection to the club, having sent his daughter to lessons when she was a child. Cllr Naghi enthused that
“It was an honour to visit James and Courtney and the team from Pegasus, and to watch their talent in action. We’re so proud to have these successful and determined young men representing the town of Maidstone and their country as a whole on an international stage. We’re all behind them on their journey to the World Championships at the end of the year, and hopefully the Olympics in 2020. Who would have thought that when my daughter attended the first Pegasus in Bearsted, under founders Fef and Peter Griffin, that years later we would be talking about the potential of having Olympic gymnasts coming from Maidstone!”
James and Courtney previously met former Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Greer, earlier in the year, during a reception for their friends and family at the Town Hall, held to recognise their achievements at the Commonwealth Games.
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