Top Brit Buesnel announces retirement
ALEX BUESNEL, the country’s leading disability gymnast for a decade, will call time on his career at the end of this month.
The ten-time British Disability Gymnastics Championships winner will hang up his handguards for the final time next week after 14 years of success on global stages, but will continue in the world of coaching as he attempts to inspire future stars.
The 25-year-old, who has autism, became the first disabled athlete to represent Jersey in the Island Games last year in Gotland – winning a team silver medal – and was awarded the Michael Lucas Sporting Hero Award at the 2017 CI Sports Awards in recognition of his efforts to promote disability gymnastics.
A British Gymnastics disability ambassador, Buesnel has also represented Great Britain at the Special Olympics, plus European Championships and World Games – winning numerous medals.
‘I am finishing my competitive journey on what I believe to be the height of my sporting career,’ he said. ‘The last 14 years have been incredible and so very rewarding.
‘I am planning to stay around coaching at my club [Jersey Special Gymnastics Club] and hopefully pass on what I know to the next generation.’
Buesnel thanked the likes of John Grady MBE and Yana Vibert for their support as coaches throughout his career, and also gave a nod to Ben Frith and his Gotland colleagues for ‘accepting’ him as a key member of the squad last summer.