Wisbech’s Latvian freerunners: Backflips, injuries and how gymnastics could bring the town together
AS 15-year-old Edgars flies through the air at Fenland Gymnastics Academy, he knows the mats will break his fall.
But on the street it’s a different story for the young Latvian freerunners of Wisbech.
Erik, 15, was in plaster for six months after he shattered his kneecap on concrete while attempting a flip. His friend Klaudio, 14, cracked his ankle during a garage jump.
But now the teenagers have been given a safe environment in which to practise their vaults, flips and tumbles.
Gymnastics coach Stewart Harrison is encouraging them to use the academy, in Algores Way, for “freestyle gymnastics”.
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He thinks the scheme can make the activity safer – but it could also be an inspiring way of bringing Wisbech’s different nationalities together.
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