Gold for Gordano’s young gymnast

Joe Cemlyn-Jones with his gold medal

Joe Cemlyn-Jones with his gold medal - Credit: suppleid

A PORTISHEAD gymnast sprang to international success at the Junior International Gymnastics Tournament in Cottbus, Germany

The efforts of Gordano School pupil, Joe Cemlyn-Jones awarded him a gold medal on the pommel and a bronze medal on the rings.

He also achieved overall first place in the under-16 competition, placing him in good stead to represent Great Britain at more events.

The 15-year-old said: “I’m really pleased to have done so well in Germany this year and am looking forward to my next big training session with the Swiss team next month.”

Keith Berridge, Joe’s head of house at Gordano, said: “Joe has really done well in this latest round of competitions. He is a hardworking young man and his enthusiasm for gymnastics is an inspiration to both staff and pupils. Gordano School and Lundy House in particular, are incredibly impressed with his efforts.”

The success is not without extensive effort, as Joe travels to Barnstaple each week for 23 hours of hard training. This is in addition to studying for his GCSE’s.

The teenager is no stranger to representing his country. He has previously represented England at the UK School Games, where his team won gold and also represented England in the London Open in 2013, achieving a respectable fifth place.