North Devon gymnast Adam Tobin earned a silver medal while representing Great Britain at the European Championships.

Adam Tobin with coach Mike Beagley. Picture: ContributedAdam Tobin with coach Mike Beagley. Picture: Contributed

Tobin, who trains at Falcons Academy in Barnstaple, was in action on Friday at the SSE Hydro, taking part in the men’s junior team competition alongside Pavel Karnejenko, Jamie Lewis, Jake Jarman and Donell Osbourne.

The team narrowly missed out on gold, with Russia taking the top spot with a margin of 0.833.

The competition saw four gymnasts from the team compete in each discipline with the best three scores going towards the team total. Tobin represented the team on floor, pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and the high bar.

First up was the floor, where the 17-year-old put together a slick routine to earn a score of 13.466 – the third highest of the team. The pommel horse followed, with Adam again putting together a well-worked routine and scoring 13.000.

The rings saw Tobin put together the second-highest score for the team with 13.033, before another second-highest score on the parallel bars.

His final routine of the day was on the high bar. The last man to compete for the team, Tobin put together a beautiful routine, but a fall on the last element saw him penalised.

Tobin’s coach Mike Beagley said: “Adam has had an amazing year, starting with second Place at the English Championships, then being crowned as the Under 18 British Champion. He then was the highest placed GB gymnasts at the Youth Olympic Trial in Buka.

“He has exciting events coming later in this year.”

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.

The club was able 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.