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Beckett buoyed by first World Championship outing

Our leading artistic gymnast is back in South Africa with even more motivation to excel in future, writes Mark Etheridge.

Kirsten Beckett fared best of the three women who made up the SA team at last week’s World Artistic Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.

The Johannesburg Grade 11 teenager ended 43rd against the globe’s best gymnasts with a total score of 50.32.

Speaking to Road to Rio 2016 she said the occasion was an amazing one. “My overall Worlds experience was a truly memorable one! I must say that during the week leading up to the comp I was very anxious.

“Being there was a very humbling experience, as the girls that competed are really amazing.

“It was so different to the World Cups that I am used to! Everything was just so professionally run, from the warm-up arena to the competition arena. I was very nervous, this being my first World Championship and on competition day I tried to relax and visualise my routines as much as possible and am glad that I delivered on the day.

“I knew that I had a job to do and the stage was perfect to make an impression. I had a clean competiton with a few wobbles here and there but overall I’m happy with my performance.”

Happy but still aware of the work that lies ahead for both her and South African gymnastics as a whole. “Going forward I must say that we as SA gymnasts really need to up our game and I am extremely motivated and ready to include bigger skills in my routines.”

“But yes, the experience was really something else and to have competed with the very best was absolutely amazing.”

And what’s next up for the little pocket dynamo. “I’m done with competitions for this year but I’m going to Arizona for about six weeks over Christmas, on a training camp with a guy named Wesley Jones.”

Craig Beckett
Craig Beckett

Kirsten, Talent will get you to the top, But what will keep you at the top is what you have in abundance... Character!!! May you grow and never lose site of your Dreams!!! "The mark of a true Champion is to believe in yourself, when no one else will !!!"


Well done Kirsty. We are very, very proud of your achievements thus far. It take s alot of hard work and training to achieve your goals. We are all very sure you are going to excell because of your delligence. Once again, we are proud of you Kirsty. Keep it up!!!


When I say this I speak on behalf of the entire Beckett Klan, we are extremely proud of you Kirst, the determination that has led you to your achievements has proven how strongly an individual you are. I have no doubt in my mind of how bright your future is and with the support of family not only your immediate family but your gym family too, you will achieve the goals set out for you. Remember Growth means change and change involves risk, Stepping from the known to the unknown so with everyone stand behind you take that leap into the unknown into your endless possibilities

Elsie Pritchard
Elsie Pritchard

We at JGC Gymnastics are all so very proud of you and Claudia and Nicole that represented RSA with you. Keep up the hard work and the results will follow. May you all realise your dreams!