Joel Leon Benitez

Joel was born into a circus family and has spent his life surrounded by crazy people throwing themselves through the air and hanging off ropes.

He was an elite gymnast training thirty hours a week and winning medals at National Championships until he discovered athletics at the age of fourteen.

Joel is now a National Pole Vault Champion and has represented GB on a number of occasions.

When he is not using a stick to jump over a high bar he teaches tumbling and trampoline at Tuyo Circus Arts in Nottingham.