OLDBURY gymnast Josh Hunter was in need of the public’s support so he could travel to Portugal for the prestigious Loulé World Cup.
Due to limitations in funding, the 20-year-old had to pay for the trip himself but was hoping a kind-hearted donor would step in to help him reach his £750 target. As it happened, we heard of his predicament and stepped in to make up the balance of his JustGiving efforts.
It’s a privilege to be able to help Josh out. He’s worked very hard to get back to fitness, and this was an excellent opportunity to get out there and show the world what he can do.
Vickie Butcher – Cameron Butcher Group Ltd
Josh who currently ranks second in Great Britain in his age category, needs to pay for accommodation, competition fees, training costs and living expenses while at the event – which takes place between September 29 and 30. He had launched a justgiving page in a bid for financial support, and had received some donations but not quite enough to fund the whole trip. Cameron Butcher heard of his plight and was happy to step in to make up the balance.
A former British Champion, Josh is at the top of his sport and has been a member of the Great Britain squad since 2013, competing for GB on three occasions.
Aiming to leave the competition with a medal, Josh said:
I’m expecting to place high in Loulé World Cup, I should be looking to be in the top three.
This competition is such a good stepping stone for the world championships, but after tearing my Achilles last year I never thought I’d get back to being top in our country and I’m only looking to improve on this.
Josh has been tumbling for the past 14 years and the training involved in his highly physical and demanding sport has not been without its dangers for the young athlete.
I suffered a massive injury which put me out for a year and was told it would be hard to get back to where I was – which was British champion, but so far this year I’ve placed top four and then went on to place first at our last British trial.
I’m currently ranked second best in Great Britain for my age group, but I’m looking to improve on this at the British finals on the September 23 and 24.
The former Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy pupil now trains full-time while also coaching children who are developing to be tumblers.
Original article by the Halesowen News