Tuesday 28th November 2006 by C. Freeman
Gymnast, Josh Pickering is setting his sights high, aiming to compete in the 2012 Olympics. Josh is so good at his chosen sport that despite only starting training 18 months ago he has already won two gold medals in floorwork and a tumble competition.
The Year 7 student trains at Rushden for three and a half hours per week, as well as attending Brooke Weston's after-school gym sessions.
He said: 'I wanted to do gymnastics for ages so I got at place at the Rushden and Diamonds gymnastic club.'
Josh and his fellow gymnasts can learn a new move in one training session and they then combine them into intricate routines. Josh said; 'A typical routine would consist of a round-off, back flick, somersault and splits, you build them all up together to make a routine. We have to write our routine down, give it to the judges so they can see that you're getting it right.'
Josh Pickering demonstrates why you should not run in the corridors.
As well as floorwork Josh also does bar-work, pommel horse, vault and he will also train on the rings as he progresses. Josh also attends the after-school gymnastics club on Wednesdays which is run by Miss Russon. Although he's the only boy to currently take part he is confident that some of his friends will join in as well. 'It's a really good sport as it helps with overall conditioning and increases your muscles and flexibility' he said.
The gym sessions at school will start again in Term 3 so if any other lads would like to have a go then get in touch with Miss Russon. Ultimately Josh is planning to train really hard and he'd love to get a chance to take part in the Olympics. Given the amount of practice and competitions he's already completing, then a place in London at 2012 might be within Josh's very flexible reach.