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YMCA Barry Celebrate Commonwealth Games Long List Selection


YMCA Barry Gymnastics Club has shared the news that two of its members have been selected as part of the long list of male gymnasts aiming to represent Wales at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

YMCA Barry Gymnastics members Harri Morgan and Josh Cook have been selected as part of the long list of male gymnasts who could represent Wales in Birmingham next year, after working hard to demonstrate the skill level and dedication to be considered for the Welsh team.

Over the next 12 months, 19 year old Harri Morgan and 20 year old Josh Cook will undergo many different trials in order to try and prove that they should be selected for the Welsh team for 2022.

Although there is a lot of competition, both gymnasts are working extremely hard to gain that qualification spot, not to mention that they are balancing training with their University studies.

This is a huge achievement for both Harri and Josh and their coach Peter Haysham who was also a YMCA Barry gymnast who represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games. YMCA Barry has a long history of gymnastics success with gymnasts from the club representing Wales at every Commonwealth Games since 1986.

Harri is hoping to compete at his first Commonwealth Games and Josh will be aiming to compete at his second Commonwealth Games. Josh competed in the 2018 Commonwealth Games where he was the youngest competitor at just 17 years old and achieved 13th place overall against the best gymnasts in all the Commonwealth countries.

A spokesperson for the club said “Everyone at YMCA Barry are extremely excited to see what Josh and Harri can achieve in the next 12 months leading up to and hopefully at the Commonwealth Games. Congratulations to Josh and Harri and their coach Pete Haysham.”

“YMCA Barry Gymnastics Club is hoping to reopen its doors from June 2021 once the Welsh Government allow indoor sport to resume. The club is the most successful, award winning gymnastics club in the Vale of Glamorgan and prides itself on making the club and its members as covid safe as possible.”

YMCA Barry caters for all children and young people from preschool children to teen gymnastics as well as competitive gymnastics for both males and females. It is also the only club in the Vale of Glamorgan to achieve the Gold Insport standard which was presented by Disability Sport Wales in recognition to the clubs commitment to inclusive gymnastics.

If your son or daughter would be interested in starting gymnastics once the club is allowed to reopen its door, please email or follow us on social media @ymcabarry

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