Children surprise Olympic gymnast with farewell gifts

Olympic gymnast Dan Purvis has been given a surprise send off ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The Crosby gymnast has flown out to the Gold Coast to represent Scotland in the Games but, before he left, Dan was surprised at Dunes Leisure Centre, Southport with a special cake and balloon to wish him all the best.Dan with gifts april 2018

Many of the children who Dan coaches across Sefton were on hand to join Active Sefton staff in presenting him with the gifts.

27-year-old Dan has since travelled to Australia along with his fellow gymnast Frank Baines, with the duo both representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games between April 4 and April 15.

Heather Redhead, Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing Development Manager, said: “It was so nice to be able to surprise Dan and Frank ahead of the Games.

“Dan was presented with a cake and balloon by the youngsters he coaches at Dunes Leisure Centre, as they wanted to wish him well and say good luck ahead of the Games.

“The Dan Purvis Gymnastics sessions, which operate at both Netherton Activity Centre and Dunes leisure Centre, are incredibly popular and both Dan and Frank give up their time to help encourage a whole new generation of gymnasts.

“Dan is also a strong advocate of Active Sefton’s programmes and has been very supportive of Sefton’s own ‘Jump into Gymnastics’ sessions.

“We wish Dan and Frank all the best and hope they bring back a haul of medals to show the children when they return!”

To find out more about Active Sefton’s Jump Into Gymnastics sessions, call 0151 288 6283.

 

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