We caught up with our latest #gymphlexhero, elite Gymnast Jay Thompson! We find out about the highs and lows of Jay's sporting career; the love for his sport, challenges and main goal's for 2018...
When did your passion for Gymnastics begin?
My passion for gymnastics started when I was around 6 years old, I was a super crazy energetic kid who couldn't be stopped when it came to climbing things! The idea came from my Nan when we were watching the Olympics together and the gymnastics was on.. she simply said to me "you could do that" and so.. I did!
When did you realise that this could be your full time career?
I realised i could make a career out of gymnastics around the age of 14/15 I'd been on the Rio and beyond programme for a few years at this point and started to realise my potential after winning 5 British titles and international ones also.
What do you love most about your sport?
The thing I love most about gymnastics is how different it is from any sport there is.. it's so daring, scary and thrilling! It's a gentleman's sport that's not for the faint hearted.
What has been your biggest challenge to overcome within your sporting career?
My biggest challenge in my sport has been injuries and setbacks, when I was 12 I was known as the "calcium kid" because I was always breaking bones! my recent years of turning senior have been the most difficult after dislocating and snapping everything off my elbow to have reconstructive surgery and being told it may never straighten again was incredibly hard but I overcame it, then 1 year almost exactly following that I snapped my Achilles having to have another surgery.. this was my hardest comeback due to my mindset, I was heartbroken, devastated and broken again (mentally & physically) but I fought and came back stronger again.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement has to be junior European pommel champion.
What's your main aim for 2018?
My main goal is to stay healthy in my body and fit, pushing for teams and world championships with some world cups for good experience.
If you were to give some advice to other young hopefuls what would you say?
My advice would be stay safe, push yourself but be patient.. trust the process and it'll all work out.
When not training, what do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I'm focusing on building a business nowadays! I'm growing up... but mainly all my YouTube videos trying to get better and enjoy myself.
We can see you have a successful Youtube Channel, what is it about vlogging that you enjoy the most and when did you discover your passion for filming?
My passion started in 2016 when I first watched a guy called "FunForLouis" he inspired me to start filming and then it's just taken off from there!
What was it about Gymphlex that made you want to work with us?
I love original different British Brands and I'm quite into my fashion! So to be a part of gymphlex was a no brainer to me!
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Here is Jay's recent Vlog- Training for the British Championships...
Jay successfully competed and won a silver medal in the men's Masters floor competition, coming second to his incredible team mate and five time Olympic medallist, Max Whitlock MBE.