BECKFORD Reiss < Back  
Sport Gymnastics - Artistic
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 17 Feb 1992 in Enfield, ENG
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence London, ENG
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner, Coach
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began practising artistic gymnastics at age six.
Why this sport? He attended an artistic gymnastics taster day at a school physical education class. He enjoyed it so much he joined his local artistic gymnastics club.
Club / Team South Essex Gymnastics Club: Basildon, ENG
Name of coach Scott Hann [club]
General Interest
Nicknames London-Boy (Facebook profile, 03 Sep 2017)
Hobbies Photography, videography. (Instagram profile, 04 Sep 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning silver medals in team all-round, individual all-round and floor events at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India. (turn-gymnastics.com, 02 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol British artistic gymnast Louis Smith, Japanese artistic gymnast Kohei Uchimura, Russian artistic gymnast Alexei Nemov. (wingold.everyoneactive.com, 07 Jun 2012; thisisfirstaid4sport.co.uk, 30 Jun 2011; reissbeckford.co.uk, 20 Jun 2010)
Injuries Earlier in his career he suffered hairline fractures to both his elbows. The injuries were a result of overloading his body with the stresses of the sport as he was still growing. (thisisfirstaid4sport.co.uk, 30 Jun 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto "To succeed you need dedication, hard work and focus." (wingold.everyoneactive.com, 07 Jun 2012)
Awards and honours He was named the 2010 BBC East Young Sports Personality of the Year in England. (reissbeckford.co.uk, 04 Feb 2016)

He was named Best Male Newcomer in Delhi by Commonwealth Games England in recognition of his performance at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (kukrisports.co.uk, 25 Feb 2014)
Milestones In 2018 he became the first Jamaican gymnast to compete at the Commonwealth Games. (gymnasticsville.com, 21 Aug 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 21 Sep 2019)
Ambitions To become the first male artistic gymnast to represent Jamaica at the Olympic Games. (Twitter profile, 05 Sep 2017)
Other information COACHING
In January 2018 he was appointed as assistant head coach of women's artistic gymnastics at the South Essex Gymnastics Club in Basildon, England. (southessexgym.co.uk, 08 Jan 2018)

FROM GREAT BRITAIN TO JAMAICA
Having represented England and Great Britain earlier in his career, in 2015 he decided to begin competing for Jamaica in the hope of boosting his chances of qualifying for major international competitions. He was eligible to make the switch through his Jamaican grandparents. "Competing for Jamaica is an amazing opportunity for me to compete with the best in the world and help make my dream of competing in an Olympic Games a reality." (jamaicaobserver.com, 23 Apr 2015; echo-news.co.uk, 08 Jan 2015; jamaicaolympics.com, 01 Jan 2015)