Basildon celebrates as gymnast Max hits gold standard again

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The Basildon sign has been lit gold in recognition of Max Whitlock’s fantastic Olympic exploits this past week.

The Team GB gymnast returned home on Tuesday after retaining his Olympic title to win a gold medal in the Pommel Horse, to bring his total Olympic medals to six – making him the most decorated British gymnast of all time.

Max started training at the Basildon Sporting Village gymnastics centre when it opened in 2011, before going on to win his first two Olympic medals at London 2012. He has been training with South Essex Gymnastic Club at the world class facilities ever since.

Chairman of the Leisure and Environment Committee, Councillor Craig Rimmer said: “Max Whitlock will go down in history as one of the very greatest Olympic athletes that GB has ever produced.

“For our facilities in Basildon to have played a part in his achievements is fantastic for our borough. It also shows how great the world class facilities at the Basildon Sporting Village are.

“And the gymnastic facilities, as well as the Olympic length swimming pool, the newly refurbished athletics track and all the other brilliant facilities there are available for residents to take advantage of too.

“Congratulations to Max on everything he has achieved and I’m glad we’re able to recognise how much he means to our borough in this way.”

The sign has been lit from Monday evening and will stay lit until Friday morning. 


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