Olympian puts on a strictly su­perb show

Gym­nast drops in and brings his pom­mel horse

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Alex­nader Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

UXBRIDGE was treated to a fan­tas­tic ac­ro­batic dis­play on Tues­day last week when four-time Olympic medal win­ning gym­nast Louis Smith vis­ited.

The 27-year-old made his first pub­lic ap­pear­ance since re­turn­ing from the Rio Olympics in Brazil to demon­strate his pom­mel horse rou­tine and talk about his ca­reer.

Louis vis­ited the home of Hilling­don Mind in As­ton House as part of the Cif Be­fore and Af­ter Project, which sees com­mu­nity cen­tres across the coun­try given a deep clean.

The per­for­mance took place at Christ Church, op­po­site As­ton House, which has a larger ca­pac­ity for vis­i­tors.

As­ton House won the clean up and the visit from the Olympic star as part of the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter Eva Ok­wonga put the cen­tre for­ward.

She said: “As­ton House is a much-used build­ing that hosts many projects and ac­tiv­i­ties to help lo­cal peo­ple with men­tal health prob­lems.

“Some are run by Hilling­don Mind, oth­ers are in­de­pen­dent – like the men’s group and Mu­sic in Mind – and most would not ex­ist with­out a small army of vol­un­teers.”

Eva added: “Hav­ing a visit from Louis Smith is the ic­ing on the cake. So proud of what he’s done for Great Bri­tain.”

Louis, who won Strictly Come Danc­ing in 2012, put on a per­for­mance for crowds gath­ered in Christ Church in Red­ford Way and an­swered ques­tions from the au­di­ence.

The na­tion­wide Be­fore and Af­ter com­pe­ti­tion en­cour­ages peo­ple to nom­i­nate com­mu­nity spa­ces names to be in with a chance of a deep clean and a visit from Louis.

It kicked off ear­lier this year when Louis vis­ited the cen­tre where he trained gym­nas­tics as a child.

Go to getwest­lon­don. co.uk to see video of Louis in ac­tion in Uxbridge

Photo by Andy Sten­ning

n IN THE SPOT­LIGHT: Louis com­pet­ing in the Rio Olympics - where he won the sil­ver medal on pom­mel horse

STAR VISIT: Gym­nast Louis Smith per­formed his rou­tine for Hilling­don Mind

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