Robert crowned U11 National Gymnastics Champion
Belmont Grosvenor schoolboy Robert Kidd has fought back from injury to be crowned Under 11 National Gymnastics Champion.
Ten-year-old Robert, a Year 6 pupil at ‘outstanding’ Harrogate independent prep school Belmont Grosvenor, was crowned Under 11 Men’s Artistic Club National Champion after competing in a thrilling competition in Birmingham earlier this month.
Robert, who suffered an elbow fracture during training earlier in the season, wasn’t expected to compete this year due to the severity of his injury.
But the youngster battled back to fitness to beat off competition from 59 boys from across the UK to take the Grade 3 (Under 11s) National Championship title.
The Belmont Grosvenor pupil scored a perfect 10 in pommel – and high scores across the other six disciplines of rings, valt, floor, parallet bars, high bar, PPP (physical preparation programme).
The schoolboy, who was crowned Yorkshire Gymnastics Champion Level 3 (Under 11s) at the Mens’ Artistic Yorkshire Championships held in Leeds in October, has now been invited to attend the National Training Centre at Lillishall in December – and has his eyes set on the Scottish Championships early next year.
“I couldn’t believe it when I realised I had won – I was really surprised!” said Robert.
“The competition was very tough and there were some very good gymnasts there – I really am happy to have won, especially after the injury I had in January,” he said.
“Now I’m training hard for the Scottish Championships next year,” he added.
Proud mum Kerry said Robert’s Under 11 National Championship title win was extraordinary.
“It really is incredible how Robert has come back from such a major injury. He really wasn’t expected to compete at all this year after his elbow fracture, so to win Nationals is really extraordinary. We are all extremely proud,” she said.
Robert trains 20 hours a week at Leeds Gymnastics Club alongside Olympic High Bar Bronze medallist Nile Wilson.
Peter Baird, Year 6 teacher and Head of Boys’ Games at Belmont Grosvenor School, based at Birstwith, Harrogate, said Robert was an inspiration to fellow pupils at school.
As well as gymnastics, pupils at Belmont Grosvenor enjoy a wide range of sporting opportunities, including football, hockey, rugby, cricket, netball and tennis.
“Despite all his success, Robert is always very modest about his achievements. He has shown exemplary levels of resilience alongside the obvious abundance of skill that is involved in competing at that level and are all extremely proud of him,” he said.