Shephard shines bright

Stuart Shephard
Stuart Shephard
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Stuart Shephard produced a top performance in the Basingstoke Adult Disabilities Gymnastics competition.

The Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre (PGC) star, who competes in men’s artistic gymnastics, won the gold medal on rings.

He also earned silver medals on floor, pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar.

His fourth-place finish on vault narrowly saw him miss out on a full set of medals.

But it was a good show from the current British champion, who also won best all-around gymnast.

PGC coach Ann Pearcey felt Shephard did well and there is more to come.

She said: ‘He was focused and performed to the best of his ability until his final routine on high bar when unfortunately he fell.

‘This was very disappointing for him as it is usually one of his strongest pieces.’

Pearcey is hoping Shephard’s hard work will pay off with another British title in September.

She added: ‘Stuart has been training for two-and-a-half years, having taken up gymnastics at 40 years old.

‘He is an inspiration to other gymnasts and is looking forward to defending his British Champion Level B title in September.’