Two Wirral athletes attend world championships representing Great Britain

Two Wirral athletes have recently been selected to represent Great Britain in the World and World Age Championship 2022.

The two athletes, Beth Williamson (22) and Declan Carter (13), both compete in the Double Mini Trampoline (DMT); a gymnastics discipline.

Beth and Declan are both part of Birkenhead Trampoline Club based in the Drill Birkenhead on Grange Road West. They both train four times a week and attend competitions up and down the country each year.

This year, both performed exceptionally well and qualified for spaces on the teams flying out to Bulgaria in November.

This will be Declan’s first major international for GBR and as one of the youngest on the team, it’s an impressive achievement.

Coach, Sarah Madge, spoke of the two athletes; “Declan trains four times a week and he’s always the first to arrive at training and the last to leave. His commitment is fantastic and he deserves to be flying out on this team.

“I’m so proud of all he has achieved and can’t wait to see how far this sporting journey takes him.”

When Declan isn’t training, he attends Wirral Grammar School for Boys in Bebington. Declan’s coach said, “We would like to thank the school for their support since Declan has been selected to represent GBR.”

As for Beth, this will be her fifth Senior World Championships selection and she has worked incredibly hard to gain her space on the team.

Sarah continued, “Beth trains three to four times a week and her determination to reach her goals is fantastic. Beth’s journey hasn’t been an easy one, but she has come through all the hard times and is proving to be one of Britain’s most consistent athletes.

“I’m incredibly proud of Beth and her achievements and can’t wait to see her shine at Worlds.”

When Beth isn’t training she is inspiring the next generation as a full-time coach at the centre in Birkenhead.

The athletes’ coach Sarah will also fly out to Bulgaria as part of the Junior Great Britain coaching team.

Sarah added, “I never thought when I started coaching this sport as a 13-year-old I would be flying all over the world helping athletes achieve their dreams and goals. It’s an honour to be part of this team and I can’t wait to see how they all do”

Declan’s event is self-funded and is costing roughly £1500 including kits, travel, training, and competition fees. If there is any sponsor out there that would like to sponsor Declan please get in touch with Sarah at sarahbtc@outlook.com

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