Rising star Jake selected for GB squad

Jake Johnson has earned a place in the Great Britain squad.
Jake Johnson has earned a place in the Great Britain squad.

Twelve-year-old Jake Johnson from Low Ackworth is one of the rising stars of British gymnastics.

His outstanding form has been rewarded with selection for the Great Britain gymnastics national squad.

Jake competes on all six pieces - floor, parallel bars, high bar, vault, pommel horse and rings.

After being crowned Yorkshire champion at his age level in 2012 and 2013, he retained the title for a third successive year last September. The same month, he also won a silver all around medal at the London Open competition, plus two apparatus golds.

The following month he won a silver medal at the National Finals at elite level four, just missing out on gold by 0.05 points.

Last month, he achieved fourth place at the British Championships in Glasgow and won gold on pommel horse, achieving the title of Under 12 British Pommel Horse Champion. It saw him selected for the GB national squad based on competition results, potential and observations in the gym.

Jake has training camps at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Newport as part of the GB squad nearly every month for four or five days each camp. He currently trains 22.5 hours a week over six days and around 32 hours a week in school holidays.

He attends Carleton Community High School who are massively supportive of his gymnastics career.

Jake, who has always shown good upper body strength, started gymnastics at the age of six at Brigshaw Gymnastics Club and within two years he was trialled at Leeds Gymnastics Club.