SOUTH Essex Gymnastics Club have already booked a place at this year’s home Commonwealth Games — despite no announcement about the competitors yet!
And that is because David Massam, the assistant men’s head coach at the Basildon Sporting Village-based club, has been selected as a judge for the gymnastics competition.
The 31-year-old from Basildon said: “It is an honour to get a call-up to such a big event, and we are hopeful the club will have people competing there too.
“I have a passion for gymnastics anyway, so for me to be so close to top level competition and see what people are doing is great.
“As a judge this is the biggest event I have ever done and it is a fantastic opportunity.”
Massam became involved in judging eight years ago and completed his Brevet qualification – the international standard – in January 2013.
This is his first Olympic cycle as a Brevet judge, so he has started at a category four level and hopes to move up to category three after his role at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.
And – as with everyone in the gymnastics world – he admits he would love to one day get a call-up for the World Championships, and even the Olympics.
He said: “British Gymnastics is quite well off in terms of the number of Brevet judges we have got, and we have a good pedigree so there is some fierce competition.
“But of course I would love to be a judge at the Olympics one day. I think you have to be category one for the Olympics and I think each country is only allowed two of them.
“But that would be an ideal aim for me — I think it is everyone’s aim in the sport to be part of the Olympics, either as an athlete, a coach or a judge. To go there in a professional capacity would be amazing.
“Rio will probably come to early for me to do that, but 2020 is a possibility I guess. It all depends how the next few years go for me.”