Gallery: Ipswich wheel gymnastics team Torwood Wheelers take part in first international competition in Netherlands ahead of world championship qualifiers this month

James Gardiner in a free-flight spiral

James Gardiner in a free-flight spiral - Credit: Archant

A unique wheel gymnastics club based in Ipswich has competed in its first international competition.

The Torwood Wheelers, which trains at Kesgrave sports centre, is the only club in the country which competes in the wheel gymnastics sport which originated in Germany, and is popular in Europe.

Five members competed in the club’s first competitive trials in the regional championships in Netherlands last month, with three taking medals to help the club seal a spot in the world championship qualifiers on February 14.

The club will be hoping to do well and qualify for a spot at the world championship finals in Italy in June.

Oliver Scase, 15, won gold in the junior category, while James Gardiner, 30, and Konrad Kantorowski, 30, took silver and bronze respectively in the senior category.

John Colles, 70, founder of Torwood Wheelers, said: “We have got a long way to go but this is all new for us.

“I was quite surprised because we didn’t feel outclassed by the other teams so I am very proud.”

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The club meets every Thursday evening from 6 to 8pm at Kesgrave sports centre. New members over the age of 16 are welcome.

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