BRINN Bevan says it felt amazing to be crowned the new senior British all-around champion.

The South Essex Gymnastics Club member took gold at the British Championships.

And Bevan was pleased to claim the title after returning from an injury-plagued year.

The 20-year-old said: “It’s been amazing.

“The last year has been really difficult for me, as I injured myself last year and it’s been a long year getting myself back into action.

“It’s just great that the performance has paid off.

“I put my heart and soul into it and for it to pay off on the day is unbelievable.”

The former Deanes School pupil was part of the Great Britain squad for the 2016 Olympics in Rio prior to his extended time on the sidelines.

But Bevan looked back to his best as he scored 84.400 in the all-around final after successfully completing some difficult routines.

Bevan was joined by 13 other South Essex members at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

And Max Whitlock and Amy Tinkler were able to join Bevan in returning to the Basildon-based gym with medals to show for their efforts.

Whitlock and Tinkler are set to represent England at the Commonwealth Games next month, where they will be joined by Jamaica’s Reiss Beckford.

And they will now travel to Australia having shone at the British Championships.

Double Olympic gold medallist Whitlock clinched top spot on the pommel horse, while Tinkler took the all-around silver in the women’s event.

Tinkler, who joined South Essex last year, performed impressively as she scored 53.050.

The 18-year-old started on floor, performing a brand new double twisting double somersault in the straight position. The manoeuvre is the highest rated skill in women’s gymnastics and the routine gave her the lead from the start.

But Tinkler had to count a fall on the vault, which hindered her progress. Tinkler suffered another fall on bars and, as a result, she was unable to hold onto top spot.

However, Tinkler’s testing routines show that she means business on the international stage and at the upcoming Commonwealth Games, which gets underway on Australia’s Gold Coast in early April.

Meanwhile, Sean Dalton was the under-12 men’s floor winner, with Danny Crouch becoming the under-14 men’s champion on the floor, parallel bars and horizontal bars.