Team GB Clayton’s Olympic dream

Clayton Bell
Clayton Bell

REMEMBER the name Clayton Bell.

One day he hopes to compete in the Olympics - and having just been selected for Great Britain’s elite performance squad, he is well on his way.

Although he’s only nine, Clayton trains every day at Rugby Gymnastics Club where he is coached by Sergey Kotlyarov. His dedication has earned him a place as one of the top five boys in his age group in the country and every month they all meet up for special training.

The Paddox Primary School pupil was just five when he first tried gymnastics. He went along to the Lower Hillmorton Road club after his family moved to Rugby five years ago. His natural ability immediately shone through and since then Clayton has worked extremely hard towards fulfilling his potential.

Proud mum Catherine, who is very grateful to his club and school for their support, said: “It’s fantastic that he has been selected. He has worked very hard. There are only between 20 and 30 boys in the country who are at that level and he’s worked his way into it, nearly always being in the top three in competitions. Thousands of children would like to be in his position.”

It means travelling around the country to compete and staying away from home when he is training with the GB squad. Clayton had a taste of the what’s to come when he watched the gymnastics at London 2012 and he knows what he is aiming for.

One of five children, Clayton is a bit of a perfectionist, very determined and motivated - everything that’s needed to turn his dreams of becoming an Olympian into reality. The Paddox Primary School pupil was just five when he first tried gymnastics. He went along to the Lower Hillmorton Road club after his family moved to Rugby five years ago. His natural ability immediately shone through and since then Clayton has worked extremely hard towards fulfilling his potential.

Proud mum Catherine, who is very grateful to his club and school for their support, said: “It’s fantastic that he has been selected. He has worked very hard. There are only between 20 and 30 boys in the country who are at that level and he’s worked his way into it, nearly always being in the top three in competitions. Thousands of children would like to be in his position.”

It means travelling around the country to compete and staying away from home when he is training with the GB squad. Clayton had a taste of the what’s to come when he watched the gymnastics at London 2012 and he knows what he is aiming for.

One of five children, Clayton is a bit of a perfectionist, very determined and motivated - everything that’s needed to turn his dreams of becoming an Olympian into reality.