Eight year old TJ Parkinson didn’t have the easiest of times after being born 12 weeks early and weighing in at just three pounds. But ever since then he hasn’t stopped and with a will to win and the spirit to overcome adversity has just taken an overall Silver Medal in the North West Boys Level 2 Gymnastics Tournament.

TJ from Cadishead is a pupil at St Marys Primary on Buckingham Road and took the silver medal in the competition at the Robin Park Arena in Wigan after finishing in gold spot on the floor routine and 4th on the vault to take the overall silver against very tough opposition.

Mum Julia said, “Both myself and husband Marcus are former gymnastics coaches. However we really didn’t want TJ to take up the sport. But there must be something in the genes so we found him a club and to be honest we have been totally amazed by his achievements.”

TJ spent nine weeks in the Special Care Baby Unit at Hope Hospital before being allowed to be taken home. Some eight years later he has only being doing gymnastics for around a year at a club in Widnes. Julia added, “We are really proud of what he has achieved, this has come totally from TJ and we are really supportive of his determination and effort.”

At the tournament TJ got to meet his idol and lookalike Olympic Gymnast Dan Pervis who was also competing at the event. TJ said, “I just want to be an Olympic Gymnast one day and represent my Country and if not maybe a airline pilot!”

MEDAL – Gymnast T J Parkinson from Cadishead.


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