It’s always a fulfilling moment when any sportsman or sportswoman looks back on a distinguished career with great satisfaction.
All those hours of training, moments of sheer elation, the frustration of disappointment, the highs and the lows. It all goes with the territory, of course – but when you’re a 10-time British disability champion, it all takes on a whole new meaning. Getting to the top is one thing and for some the apex of achievement. Remaining there for some considerable time is quite another.
Alex Buesnel is well used to the rigours of gymnastics and all the sport brings. A gymnast at Jersey Special Gymnastics Club, Alex officially hung up his hand-guards at the end of March telling the world: “I am finishing my competitive journey at what I believe to be the height of my sporting career.”
That is, of course, the perfect way to bow out – superb timing by anyone’s book. Just like our own club software – an all-round winner. And, who could blame him, having achieved all there is to achieve in the gymnastics arena?
A Dream Introduction
Alex fell in love with his sport as an eleven-year-old in 2004. Just one year later he competed in his first mainland event in Poole amazing everyone by winning three Gold medals at Level 1, and a further Gold on vault at Level 2. He did it all again in 2006 and 2007, taking three Gold medals at both Level 2 and 3 in the next two consecutive years. He moved up through the sets to level four which is the highest tier, in 2008.
It was clear early on this was an outstandingly talented individual who carried a natural affinity as a skilful gymnastics exponent.
In just his second year at the senior level, Alex secured the all-round Gold medal at his first Special Olympics National Games in Leicester. He excelled at the Special Olympics World Games in Athens, winning a Gold medal on the Floor as well as Silver on the Rings, Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bar and Bronze on the Vault. This time it was the Bronze all-round medal in his first Olympics.
The medals just kept on coming along with the accolades such as being named Jersey Sports Association for The Disabled (JSAD) Sports Personality of the Year. Alex was also one of 20 Flame carriers when he took part in the London 2012 Olympic torch relay in St Helier. Two years later he enjoyed a special reception with then Prime Minister, David Cameron,
He added: “In 2016 I qualified as a level 2 British Gymnastics coach and I have been coaching the younger gymnasts at the Jersey Special Gymnastics Club. I intend to focus now on the coaching side to assist the club by coaching twice a week. I also intend to continue with my gymnastics training twice a week in order to maintain my fitness levels to stay active and healthy.”
The Sporting Juggernaut
Nothing slowed him down at this stage, and it was no real surprise when he won a staggering seven gold medals at his third Special Olympics National Games in Sheffield. He was then chosen to perform his Horizontal Bar routine at a special gala performance to close the competition.
Given all of this, what is the greatest career achievement in his eyes? He revealed: “I think it would have to be representing Jersey in the 2017 Island Games in Gotland. I made history by being the first disability gymnast to compete in these games, helping my team to win the team silver medal. I really pushed myself in the training for the games and am very proud of what I achieved.”
The End of a Glorious Road
His final competition took place in the British Master’s event at the Echo Arena in Liverpool earlier this year. As you’d expect, Alex blazed his way to another three Gold and two Silver medals. The Disability Ambassador let no-one down.
It’s only natural this wonderfully gifted sportsman will miss the thrill of competition inside the arena with the crowd behind him. He’ll also reflect on another important aspect of his career as he explained: “I will miss representing Great Britain having previously represented in the Special Olympics at National, European and World level and have undertaken demonstrations and displays for the British Gymnastics disability squad.”
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This highly likeable young man wants individuals to go out and find a club simply to enjoy the exhilaration of gymnastics.
His message is loud and clear: “Have fun and enjoy yourself. Work hard and show commitment! Aim to progress and go forward… never go backward! Be a good example to others.”
Alex Buesnel at just 26, is indeed a shining example of just what can be achieved with the right stuff, and a willingness to push yourself to the limit.
We can all learn a lesson from him.
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