Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, joined double Olympic bronze medallist Max Whitlock at Basildon Sporting Village to demonstrate his support for the local facility and for the tremendous array of talented gymnasts who train there.
The local MP was given a tour of the Village before meeting some of the young gymnasts who train there. It is hoped that many will follow in the footsteps of local hero Max Whitlock to one day compete at an Olympic Games.
The Olympic medallist travels one hour each day to the train at the sporting village 5 times a week, a testament to the fantastic facilities on offer. The Sporting Village extended its Olympic links in 2012 by hosting the Japanese swim team.
Mr Metcalfe commented: “I was blown away by the talent and dedication of the young athletes and of the coaching staff. They work extremely hard to be the best that they can be at their sport and I have no doubt that we will see other world class gymnasts emerging from Basildon.”
“We should be extremely proud to have such a state of the art sporting complex in the local area. These facilities combined with local inspirational figures such as Max have created a legacy of excellence that I hope will continue for many generations to come.”