British-born J'can gymnast gets nod to represent Jamaica

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – A British-born Jamaican gymnast has been granted permission to represent Jamaica as he aims to become the first-ever gymnast to represent the island at an Olympic Games.
The gymnast, Reiss Beckford, was given the go-ahead as a result of his dual-nationality after applying to the International Gymnastics Federation earlier this year.
A three-time European and Commonwealth Games silver medalist for Team GB, 23-year-old Reiss has always dreamed of competing in the Olympic Games.
According to a release from Sports Sphere, he was first reserve for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games and, on realising that he would be a likely reserve for Rio 2016, Reiss decided to pursue his Olympic dream through his Jamaican heritage.
Over the next year, Reiss must perform well in a number of competitions across the globe. His main focus will be the Gymnastics World Championships, which takes place in Glasgow in October. A good performance there will be key to ensuring Reiss progresses to Rio 2016, the release added.
“I am both excited and proud to have the opportunity to compete for Team Jamaica, and to become the country’s first Olympic gymnast. I’ll be working my hardest to achieve my dream of competing in the Olympic Games, as well as creating a bit of history and hopefully inspiring a generation of gymnasts in Jamaica,” the young gymnast said.




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