Year 11 student Jess Brain, from Stoke St Michael, is temporarily swapping her tutoring for Team GB as she jets off to Bulgaria to represent the British team in the World Championships for gymnastic tumbling. This will be Jess’s third World Championships, having won bronze medals in both previous championship competitions, resulting in Jess being ranked third in the world for her age.
Despite set-backs last year when she broke her elbow, Jess has worked tirelessly to get herself back into the national team. With excellent results in the qualifying rounds in Sheffield and Nottingham she then went on to compete at the British championships in Liverpool where she finished in first place and was crowned British champion - giving her the only automatic place for the World Championships in Bulgaria.
Trudy Hand, Jess’s mum, explained: “Tumbling is a non-Olympic sport at present. However we are hopeful that things will change by 2024 and Jess is currently looking for sponsors as all her training and competitions are self-funded until she reaches the senior age category. She’s an amazing talent and a serious contender for the world stage so we’re very grateful for all the support and encouragement she gets from Bruton School for Girls which means she can pursue her dreams with Team GB and still work towards her GCSEs.”
Pip Goodson, Director of Sport at BSG, added: “We are rooting for Jess and know her determination and hard work will secure her success. Good luck from everyone at Bruton!”