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Luke secures his Olympic place for Paris.

Luke Whitehouse is a local lad, but also an international artistic gymnast and will become an Olympian at the Paris 2024 Olympics.  His story is one of hard work, commitment and dedication to his sport with many sacrifices over the years to get to this point.  

Luke (21), lives in Skircoat Green with his parents.  Luke has featured previously, as a former member of our team delivering our magazine, so are proud to be associated with him. 

Recent Triumphs

He is a 2 x European Floor Champion and the first British male gymnast to retain a European title in Rimini, Italy in May 2024.  He has beaten the current World and Olympic Champion Artem Dolgopyat twice to achieve this feat.

Luke is part of British Gymnastics, World Class Performance Programme and grateful to be supported by the National Lottery.  As an All Around Artistic Gymnast Luke will perform on Floor, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and the Horizontal Bars.

Grassroots

Luke started his gymnastics career at Diamonds Gymnastics Club when he was 4, having been identified as having potential by Andy Butcher at a Salterhebble school gymnastics club. 17 years later and a historic journey, Andy is still Luke’s coach, but now at Leeds Gymnastics Club alongside, his other coaches Dave Murray and Tom Rawlinson.  

Luke was also a pupil at Copley Primary School and Brooksbank School where he was supported to follow his dream with time off for training, which is now becoming reality.   He is currently taking a year off his studies, before he goes into his final year at Leeds Beckett University where he is studying for an MSc in Sport & Exercise Therapy.

2024 Highlights

This year, internationally, Luke at the Doha World Cup won silver on Floor, then travelled directly to the European Championships in Italy, replacing Max Whitlock due to an injury and not only retained his European Floor title, but also became the 6th best Vaulter in Europe! This really provided the Olympic selectors a real view of Luke’s International pedigree.

Selection for the Olympics

To become an Olympian is the biggest of honours for any athlete, with only a very best in the World given the opportunity every 4 years.  In Gymnastics, Great Britain qualified a men and women team for Paris.  

Luke will be completing alongside only 4 other gymnasts :Max Whitlock OBE (South Essex), Jake Jarman (Huntingdon), Joe Fraser (Birmingham) and Harry Hepworth, his team mate at Leeds.  Luke will be competing across all apparatus both for the team and in the All Round competitions.

We hope you, like us at The Grapevine, will be following and cheering Luke and the Great Britain team.  

The BBC will be providing full coverage.  Luke’s website is www.lukewhitehouse.com or please follow him on his instagram @lukebwhitehouse 

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