It’s a topsy-turvy world for Miguel

Miguel practices in his garden at home when he can't travel.

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An Acharacle schoolboy is coming on in leaps and bounds as he follows a path to a successful future in his chosen sport.

Miguel Reis-Forrester, aged 11, joined Lochaber Gymnastics Club four years ago and quickly realised he liked the feeling of being upside down.

Stopping during lockdown wasn’t easy, but he’s now back at training, Wednesdays and Fridays, at the Clyde Valley Gymnastics (CVG) Club, Dumbarton where, under the watchful eye of coach Nicole McGinley, he excels in tumbling, a field of gymnastics with intricate combinations of somersaults, flips and twists, completed over a 25m track.

Miguel’s determination to improve drives him to travel far and wide to train at a high level including Oban and Inverness.

‘Gymnastics is fun and it makes me happy,’ he told the Lochaber Times.

‘When I’m doing somersaults and flips, it feels like I’m flying.’

A primary six pupil at Acharacle Primary School, Miguel has always been sporty and even from a young age, he would watch TV upside down on the sofa. He was forever climbing everything and jumping over anything he could find.

‘Now, I really want to learn how to do a double back somersault,’ he added, ‘that will be cool!’

Miguel is currently part of the CVG club’s tumbling team. Sadly, there are no competitions at the moment due to Covid but Miguel is hoping that they start again soon.

His favourite gymnasts are Matt Whitlock, artistic, and Jaydon Paddock, tumbling.