EXCLUSIVE Part One: Brinn Bevan buzzing for iPro World Cup of Gymnastics
Brinn Bevan can’t wait to make his all-around World Cup debut – and on home soil at The O2.
The 19-year-old will represent Britain, alongside Sam Oldham, in the male section of the iPro World Cup of Gymnastics on Saturday 8th April.
After using the British Championships at the end of March as a warm-up to see where he’s at, Bevan is thrilled to be able to take to the world stage once again.
Speaking exclusively to Sports Gazette, he said: “So it’s a new Olympic cycle – there’s a new code and new rule changes.
“We’ve had to completely change the layout of some of our routines so this year’s a real tester.
“The World Cup of Gymnastics will be my first all-around World Cup so I’m really excited just to be involved in it.
“If I can go there, show my face and be pleased with my performance then it’ll be absolutely fantastic.”
Just under two weeks to this beauty, excited to get back on the world stage! pic.twitter.com/kuvCtfvYjI— Brinn Bevan (@brinnbevan) 29 March 2017
Both the sport and Bevan – who has risen from 2006 British Championships U12 Champion to part of the silver medal-winning 2015 World Championship team – have come on in leaps and bounds over the last few years.
And performing at the iconic London venue will be a stark contrast to when the talented gymnast first competed.
But Bevan has admitted his gymnastics career almost didn’t get off to the best of starts.
He said: “I competed in my first competition at seven years old.
“I nearly got the team disqualified because you actually had to be eight.
“We won a bronze medal and I got interviewed straight after and the first question they asked me was ‘how old are you?’ and obviously I was going to say seven because I was young and I didn’t know any different.”
Reflecting on when he first sat up and took notice of international competition, Bevan picked out two household names who helped Team GB make their mark on the world of gymnastics.
He said: “My first memory of gymnastics at a high level was heading into the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
“I remember seeing all the adverts and everything on TV and I remember watching Louis (Smith) and Dan Keatings.
“That was what really made me want to strive for success and achieve as well in my own right.”
The iPro World Cup of Gymnastics will be broadcast exclusively on Sky Sports Mix, which is available to all Sky customers.
Stay tuned to Sports Gazette for part two of our exclusive interview with Brinn Bevan!