Phoenix Frost
Phoenix Frost

Youngster Phoenix Frost has become an East Midlands gymnastics champion after winning six gold medals.

Eight-year-old Phoenix, of Newark, also claimed a silver medal at the East Midlands Championships in Leicester, an all-round apparatus competition.

The Bishop Alexander LEAD Academy pupil, who trains at the Notts Gymnastics Academy, won pommel, vault, high bar, rings, parallel bars and all-round golds in the under-eights section. He gained the silver medal on the floor.

The Rushcliffe-based gymnastics academy said Phoenix had a fantastic competition.

Phoenix, an elite-level gymnast, trains at the academy alongside Olympic medallist Sam Oldham.

The academy has also produced Olympians Becky and Ellie Downie — earlier this year Ellie became the first British woman to win the all-around at a major international competition during the 2017 European Championships.

Phoenix travels to Nottingham straight from school four times a week for four-hour training sessions and is also coached on Saturdays.

'He has made us very proud'

He started in the sport around three years ago when he went to classes at the former Grove Leisure Centre, Balderton, where his sister trained.

His parents, Lee and Zoe Frost, said: “He trained at the Grove for several months before his coach told us he had taken him as far as he could and that we should get Phoenix into a club.

“He has made us very proud, not only with his skill and determination but also with his attitude and maturity towards his chosen sport.”

The family thanked Phoenix’s coach, Josh Champion, for his work.

Phoenix, who joined the gymnastics academy when he was six, has had a training session with three-time British all-around artistic gymnastics champion Dan Purvis at his home gym in Southport.

He has also met one of his gymnastics heroes, five-time Olympic medallist Max Whitlock.

On Friday, Phoenix was ninth out of 73 boys in the under-8s category at the Pipers Vale Challenge at Ipswich,  an event open to competitors from across England.a