Alex Buesnel picks up Gymnastic Achievement Award
By Paul Patterson
The Alan Kelly Memorial Award for gymnastic achievement went to Alex Buesnel.
This is the third year this trophy has been awarded, and is given in memory of Alan Kelly, one of the founder members of JSAD who sadly passed away in 2005.
His widow Francesca set up the award to recognise a member of the Jersey Special Gymnastics Club who has shown good progress in the previous 12 months.
Alex, aged 15, began training in gymnastics in 2004 with the Jersey Special Gymnastics Club, aged 12.
His first mainland competition involved travelling to the Poole Open in 2005 when he took two gold medals at Level 1 and a gold medal at Level 2.
A very competitive young man he likes to be a winner and finds losing very difficult to handle, but he is learning. He works hard in the gym at training and developing his gymnastics skills.
He has impressed the coaches as the gymnast that has made the most development in his strength and ability.
Also impressive is that he has done this in such a short period of time. He has quickly progressed from Level 1 to Level 3, the most difficult of the set routines.
He recently returned from the Poole Open 2007 with three gold medals at Level 3 and three outstanding scores.
Given his difficulties with communication and coping with social situations, Alex has had to overcome a lot of challenges. He came into the club knowing only one of the other gymnasts and to a completely new environment.
He was also meeting the coaches for the first time. He has persevered in circumstances that must have been very demanding for him.
Whilst still not totally at ease with the stresses of communication and working alongside other gymnasts he does his best to overcome the problems and he is now training and competing against the top gymnasts at Jersey Special Gymnastics Club very successfully.
Mrs Francesca Kelly presented the award to Alex Buesnel At the Opening Ceremony of the JSAD Games 2007 held at Fort Regent on Saturday 17 November.
last updated: 20/11/07
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