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Reiss Beckford

Aiming to be the first Olympic #JAMnast

About Reiss

Attempting to leave his mark in Jamaican and Gymnastics history, Reiss Beckford has achieved 7 medals in major competitions, and is pushing to become the first ever Gymnast to represent Jamaica in the Olympic Games. The English born, Jamaican athlete averages 86 in the All Around Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Event, with the average mark to qualify for the World Championships Finals being 81 Reiss is more than capable of reaching the Finals and challenging for the title.

Reiss’s gymnastics career started at the age of 6, when he attended a taster day in a P.E. lesson at school. His first major achievement occurred at the age of 14 when he won 2 Gold medals at the inaugural UK School Games in Scotland in 2006. This success resulted in him being appointed a Champion Ambassador for the sport. Reiss became a triple Silver medalist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi for the Team Final, Men’s individual all-round and Men’s floor event, confirming his status as one of Britain’s finest gymnasts. Following his success at the 2010 Commonwealth Games Reiss won BBC East Young Sports Personality of the Year and was selected as a Team Essex Ambassador.

Reiss took it upon himself to explore his Jamaican roots in an attempt to achieve his life long dream of competing and displaying his talent at The Olympic Games. The Jamaican Olympic Association has welcomed Reiss to represent them in all future competitions. However Jamaica has never had a gymnast reach the Olympics, therefore Reiss’ new goal is to be the first ever Jamaican gymnast to compete in the Olympic Games.

Alongside working hard to be the best athlete he can possibly be, Reiss takes the time to pass on his knowledge and experience to the younger generations at the South Essex Gymnastics Club. Reiss makes it a priority to ensure the next generations are getting high quality training and advice to guarantee a future filled with high quality gymnastics.

Reiss needs support to help him achieve his dream as he has many costs to cover such as competition and transport costs for himself and his coach in the build up towards reaching the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

Reiss has come up with a fantastic reward list for all kinds of donations and he’d really appreciate any amount and support you can give to help make him achieve history for Jamaica.

Reiss thanks you in advance for any donations you make. Help Reiss achieve his dream: https://uk.sponsorise.me/en/project-jamnast