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Austin completes 76 somersaults in 7.6 minutes to raise £2,000 in memory of his brother

A teenager is head over heels after raising almost £2,000 from a backflip challenge completed in memory of his brother.

Austin Beasty incredibly achieved 76 backward somersaults in just seven minutes and 36 seconds – or 7.6 minutes.

He did so in memory of his brother, Jaygo, who sadly died in a road traffic collision near Middleton-on-the-Wolds in March aged just 17.

Pressure started to build up in my head and around my eyes after 20, but thankfully it didn’t get any worse and I managed to complete it with 11 seconds to spare.

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Austin, 14, completed his challenge at Wolds Gymnastics Club where both he and Jaygo first joined together seven years ago.

In doing so, he helped to raise just over £1,900, of which £802.50 was presented via a cheque to Wolds Gymnastics club on Thursday 11th August, whilst the remaining funds will go to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Austin told the Wolds Weekly: “My mum suggested doing the challenge and raising funds in memory of Jaygo.

“Doing a backflip is something I do regularly and I’m comfortable with, so we made it into more of a challenge by doing 76 in 7.6 mins.

“I chose that amount because some of the club’s coaches had previously completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks earlier this year, which is 72 miles.

Austin Beasty

“I wanted to push myself so I did 76 in 7.6 mins, or seven minutes and 36 seconds.

“The plan was to do one every five seconds and then rest of 10 seconds, which worked well.

“Pressure started to build up in my head and around my eyes after 20, but thankfully it didn’t get any worse and I managed to complete it with 11 seconds to spare.

“I had a different member of the club backflipping alongside me for each 10 too, which was really supportive.

“The goal was to reach £100 of fundraiser and that was surpassed in about 90 minutes.”

In addition to his connection to Wolds Gymnastics Club, who will use the funds to purchase new equipment, Austin chose Yorkshire Air Ambulance as his other beneficiary.

Jaygo died in a road traffic collision near Middleton-on-the-Wolds in March

Austin’s dad, Dom, said he was so proud of his son, who also shaved his head as part of his fundraising.

“What Austin has done is fantastic and I know that his brother would be very proud of him,” he said.
“The support he has received is amazing and we can’t thank everyone enough.

“The air ambulance is something quite close to us as a family as both Jaygo and Austin competed in motorcross and Jaygo was once airlifted to hospital in deepest, darkest Devon after snapping his femur in an accident.

“It is a charity which we always try to support as a result.”

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