Wisbech’s Latvian freerunners: Backflips, injuries and how gymnastics could bring the town together

PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 May 2012

Freerunners from Wisbech training at Fenland Gymnastics Academy

Freerunners from Wisbech training at Fenland Gymnastics Academy

Archant

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”.

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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