TUMBLING gymnast Malakai Bojang fought through the pain barrier to be crowned British Champion at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
It is shaping up to be a year to remember for the ten-year-old, from Rugby, who has been in impressive form in 2015.
The youngster competed in two British qualifiers back in April and June where he came up against the best 9-10-year-olds in the country and he qualified three marks ahead of his rivals to book his place at the British Championships in September.
The Championships took place in Liverpool from September 11-13 and started with podium training on Friday, which went well for Malakai despite the youngster carrying an ankle injury.
Malakai battled on through the pain to win his qualifier on SAturday where he performed two runs, one involving a round of six wip somersaults into a double back somersault, which was an extremely hard move for anyone his age to complete.
The top six went through the Sunday’s final and as Malakai was the only one competing a double back somersault, all he needed to do was land on his feet as his start tariff was over two whole marks more than the rest.
After waiting for the five finalists to go before him, Malakai stayed composed and landed his routine to be crowned British Champion 2015 and he is now in the Great Britain squad for the World Age Group Championships 2017 in Canada.
Malakai has also just been selected to represent GB at the World Cup in Loule Portugal from October 28 – November 1.