A STAINES boy has become a British Open Champion following a successful year with his local gymnastics club.

Impressing the judges

Twelve-year-old Finlay Gray from Staines, won the 11-16 year old men’s pairs Acrobatic title with his gym partner, Frazer Windows, in the Pat Wade Classic at the British Open Championships.

Finlay, who trains with Spelthorne Gymnastics club, impressed judges at the championships and continued his success after becoming a World Acrobatic Champion earlier this year.

But while the Hampton School pupil may have had visions of glory, it was his actual vision that almost stood in the way of his gymnastics hopes.

Problems with his eyesight

The keen athlete, who requires a strong prescription to correct his sight, had found his glasses proved problematic when training and competing in gymnastic events. Last year, at only ten years old, he decided to visit Specsavers for a contact lens consultation. 

A word from the director Helen Belkhodja, store director at Specsavers in Staines says: ‘We appreciate that wearing contact lenses for the first time can be a daunting prospect, especially for younger people.

‘We knew how important it was for Finlay to find an alternative to glasses so, as with all new contact lens wearers, we tried to make the process as smooth as possible by giving him a fully comprehensive contact lens lesson and on-going aftercare.

‘It’s incredibly rewarding to see first-hand how Finlay has benefitted from wearing contact lenses and all of us at the store would like to congratulate him on becoming a British Open Champion – well done Finlay.’

Read more about Finlay’s achievement here

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