Olympic gold medallist inspires Stratford’s next generation of gymnasts

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Gymnast Max Whitlock brought his two Olympic gold medals along to Saturday morning’s session at Stratford Leisure Centre, where pictured trying them on for size were Elodie Williams-Smith, aged seven, and her sister Lottie, three. Photo: Mark Williamson S108/11/19/3001

DOUBLE Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock inspired gymnasts in Stratford last Saturday when he dropped in at the town’s leisure centre.

The three-time world champion met 60 children taking part in Max Whitlock Gymnastics, a programme running in partnership with centre operator Everyone Active.

Max treated visitors, including Mayor Cllr Kate Rolfe, to a demonstration before leading the children in an hour of activities.

The children took part in exercises with hands-on training from Max, and quizzed him about his journey to success.

He said: “It was fantastic to meet so many children from our gymnastics programme and witness their enthusiasm and talent first-hand.”

Deputy chief executive at Stratford District Council, Tony Perks, added: “It’s been really good to come here and see children participating in gymnastics with Max encouraging the next generation.”