Preston gymnasts fly to the States for training camp

Posted on - 27th August, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Sport
Jayla, Grace, Gemma, Aimee, Amy and Jaz are the six flying to the States Pic: Tony Cain

Jayla, Grace, Gemma, Aimee, Amy and Jaz are the six flying to the States Pic: Tony Cain

Six Preston gymnasts are flying out to the United States of America to train with a leading club Stateside.


They will train at Legacy Elite where the USA national team are based in Chicago.

Aged from six to 14 the young gymnasts are part of the City of Preston Gymanstics Club, based in St Matthews.

Head coach Charlotte Coles who leads the trip said: “It’s going to be a big trip, Chicago is a big city, especially for little Jayla age 6, however, the experiences they will have will just be amazing and we want to implement any changes to their training programme straight away so the earlier the better.

“We have many more trips to come in the future and like to be able to offer these experiences so children can travel the world with their best friends all through
opportunities brought by their favourite sport. They are very, very lucky girls.”

Read more: How a Preston trampoline club is leading the way in making the sport inclusive

The Preston squad will train for more than 20 hours a week at the city centre site.

Grace, Aimee, Jaz, Gemma, Amy and Jayla Pic: Tony Cain

Grace, Aimee, Jaz, Gemma, Amy and Jayla Pic: Tony Cain

Who is going on the trip?

Jayla Stocks, 6
Jayla has been doing gymnastics for just over 2 years and was spotted at West View Leisure Centre and invited to train at the City of Preston within a matter of weeks of starting gymnastics.

Her parents are extremely proud and had this to say “I have to admit we were very nervous about our decision but as it gets closer we know we have made the right decision for Jayla as this is a great opportunity for her to progress her skills and for her to have an amazing time with her teammates doing what she loves”

Aimee Glenn, 8
Aimee started gymnastics 2 years ago when her parents finally give in and allowed her to start, she had been pestering from being tiny. Aimee’s Idol is Simone Biles, she loved to watch the Americans and how passionate they are about their sport. For her to be asked to train in the USA is like a dream. Aimee is keen to learn double back and flick layout on the beam and is hoping this trip will help her achieve this big new skill. Aimee’s mum is immensely proud of her and all of her hard work and the sacrifices that she has to make to be at this level.

Gemma Vescovi, 8
Gemma has been training at the City of Preston for almost 2 years and has come a long way in a short space of time. Her parents are thrilled that Gemma has been given this opportunity and fully support her. She’s keen to learn different styles of coaching and has been none stop practicing her American accent.

Amy Peacock, 9
Amy has been with the City of Preston gymnastics club since January of this year when she joined as a regional gymnast however the coaches recognised her potential and since has been progressed to the Elite pathway. Amy is very excited about travelling to America to learn new methods and skills, she’s hoping to make new friends which she might compete against at a future Olympics.

Grace Dickinson, 9
Grace has been training with City of Preston since 2013 and through her hard work, dedication and love at working at an elite level has given her many awards and achievements. Grace is currently 13th in the UK (8th in England) for her age. Her parents fully support and encourage Grace and they appreciate how difficult the sport really is and how it benefits the girls in so many other ways too, such as socially, the maturity required and most of all resilience and determination to never give in! COPGC and the team of coaches are a tribute to Grace’s success and life experience so far and as parents, they forward to seeing how Chicago will help develop her further.

Jaz Greenwood, 14
Jaz has recently turned 14 and has been doing gymnastics since the age of 6. Jaz has been with the City of Preston Gymnastics Squad since last year and has continued to develop with the specialist input of the coaches. Jaz has had many successes as a gymnast and has competed and trained internationally.

When Jaz found out the opportunity to train alongside an ex-Olympic gymnast, to say she was excited was an understatement! She is really looking forward to learning some more complex needs and hopes to land her double back to floor when she goes! Jaz doesn’t seem to be nervous, she will cherish every second, and is so very thankful for this massive opportunity!

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