Sam Mostowfi has returned from the British Gymnastics Championships with a clutch of medals and accolades, including gold in the under 16 men’s vault. Sam has been working on his gymnastics from the age of five, moving to Kent from Brighton in 2013 to train at Pegasus Gym. He currently trains 26 hours a week, working this commitment around his GCSE studies at Sutton Valence School.
Competing in front of an audience of 10,000 at just 14 is daunting, but straightforward Sam handles his competition nerves well: ‘I enjoy the thrill of pushing myself. I was nervous before the competition but felt very focused during the event. I’m pleased with my results and getting the gold in the vault was a highlight.’
The competition was fierce with over 50 top gymnasts in this age category. Sam won the vault competition, gained a silver medal in the parallel bars and with good points in all of the disciplines, he won the bronze in the All-Round competition, an excellent result as he was competing for the first time in this age range.
Due to his excellent score on the vault, Sam was automatically entered for the Masters competition. This honour is offered to the top scorers in each discipline, who, for the most part, are just under 18s and seniors. Sam took his place in the competition and completed another excellent vault, ranking him sixth in the country. Irrespective of age, an amazing accolade for one so young.
Mr Grindlay said, ‘Sam has performed superbly and we are very proud of both his effort and achievement, whilst still being dedicated to his academic work. The School has a strong sporting history and we are delighted to be supporting Sam as he trains and competes to find his place as one of the rising stars in the field of gymnastics.’