North Devon Gymnast Adam Tobin will be representing Great Britain at the European Championships in Glasgow next week.

Adam Tobin in action. Picture: BC PhotosAdam Tobin in action. Picture: BC Photos

The 17-year-old is one of five in the men’s junior line-up for the competition, and will be in action at the SSE Hydro on Friday, August 10.

The event is a new multi-sport competition bringing together some of Europe’s leading athletes in gymnastics, rowing, triathlon, golf, cycling, aquatics and athletics. Tobin is the only gymnast from the South West in the junior team of five.

Tobin is also waiting to hear if he has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Youth Olympic Games at Buenos Aires this autumn.

If successful, he will be the only male gymnast to represent Great Britain at the event, which will be a massive springboard for his gymnastics career.

Adam Tobin in action. Picture: BC PhotosAdam Tobin in action. Picture: BC Photos

Having completed his studies at Petroc, gymnastics is now Adam’s full-time career, with funding from British Gymnastics allowing him to travel all around the world to compete.

This year he’s already visited Texas, Germany, Portugal and Azerbaijan. If he makes it to the Youth Olympics he will be jetting off to Argentina in October.

Tobin said: “I’m really proud to be part of the British Gymnastics team. I have to work hard, training 29 hours a week at Falcons and once a month I travel up to the National sports centre in Lilleshall with Mike [Beagley, head coach at Falcons].

“It’s really inspiring to train alongside Olympic athletes. Now I’ve finished studying life is a bit easier as I can now dedicate all my time to training and nutrition.

Adam Tobin in action. Picture: BC PhotosAdam Tobin in action. Picture: BC Photos

“I’ve had an awesome start to 2018 and I hope to do myself, Falcons and Great Britain proud at the Europeans.”

Falcons head coach Beagley added: “We’re all so proud of Adam, he’s worked very hard to get to the European Championships and everyone at the club is really excited for him.

“Adam is one of the sport’s rising stars and the Europeans will be a great experience for him. He would never have got this far without this facility on his doorstep, so I’d like to thank the council for believing in our vision and supporting the development of gymnastics in North Devon.”

Adam isn’t the only Falcons gymnast to make it to National Squad. Nineteen-year-old Joe Cemlyn-Jones is part of the GB senior squad, training and competing alongside double Olympic champion Max Whitlock MBE.

Adam Tobin (right) with coach Mike Beagley at Falcons Gymnastics Academy. Picture: ContributedAdam Tobin (right) with coach Mike Beagley at Falcons Gymnastics Academy. Picture: Contributed

Falcons Gymnastics Academy was founded in 2004 and has established itself as one of the leading gymnastics facility in the South West, with members travelling from as far away as Bristol to take advantage of the coaching and equipment on offer.

In 2012, North Devon Council made land available next to the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple and agreed a low-interest loan of £200,000 to enable Falcons to build a brand new state-of-the-art facility.

The club was also lucky enough to receive the gymnastic equipment used at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Falcons now has 26 coaches teaching 1,000 children each week, which is the largest number of participating members of any sports club in North Devon.