Harrogate gymnast beaming with delight at Yorkshire success

Robert Kidd
Robert Kidd

A young gymnast from Harrogate has been crowned Yorkshire champion in his first major competition.

Eight-year-old Robert Kidd, a pupil at Belmont Grosvenor School, won the Men’s Artistic Yorkshire Championship Club Level One held at Leeds Gymnastics Club.

The Year Four pupil beat off tough competition from gymnasts from across the Yorkshire region to take the trophy and scoop his first major award for gymnastics.

Robert, who started gymnastics when he was just four-years-old, trains for 15 hours every week at the Leeds Gymnastics Club in Seacroft, Leeds.

For the competition, part of gymnastics’ National Development Programme, Robert had to compete over the six apparatus – floor, pommel, still rings, vault, parallel bars and high bars.

Mum Kerry was proud of Robert’s success with the youngster now going on to represent Yorkshire in the national finals being held in Birmingham in November.

“He works really hard and deserves the success he achieved at this competition, which is his first major competition,” she said.

Robert said: “I feel very proud to have won – there were some good boys in the competition but I thought it was going smoothly for me.”

“I feel a bit nervous but excited about taking part in the nationals.”

Chris Dight, head of boys PE at Belmont Grosvenor said: “We will be watching Robert with interest and will be supporting him in lessons as much as possible.”