SOUTH Essex gymnast Anthony Wise will return to competitive action at the 2017 British Championships after a three-year break from the sport.
Wise, 21, who has made national and international pommel finals, will climb on the horse again at top level-competition at Liverpool’s Echo Arena at the event between March 24-26.
It will be the first time he has competed since he came sixth against some of the world’s best with a pommel score of 15.000 at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Croatia in April 2014.
Wise, who made great progress with bodybuilding over the past year, says he made the decision to take a break from gymnastics because he was battling with anorexia in the spring of 2014.
But he resumed training in August 2016 after watching an incredible showing at the Rio Olympic Games by club-mates Max Whitlock and Brinn Bevan.
Wise said: “I only got back into gymnastics by chance as I got a bug which meant I could no longer lift the weights I wanted to in the gym.
“I did a few circles on the pommel and I enjoyed it again, and I have gone from there.
“I have missed competing I guess and being part of the big events.”
Wise, a popular coach at South Essex who oversees the progress of the promising Danny Crouch, says it feels good to be back on the apparatus again after shaking off the ring rust.
He added: “I have made good progress with my training – I can do the routine I used to do and a bit more now.
“It will just be pommel for me at the British and I hope to give a good account of myself and maybe make the Masters final.”
Crouch and Wise, along Scott Hann’s international stars Jay Thompson, Whitlock and Bevan will all be all be aiming to win national titles at the British Championships this spring.