30 years ago Walter Connsoni replied to a letter from Stan to the Italian Federation asking for a contact in Italy.
That contact has proved to be a forever friendship between Stan and Walter, with frequent visits to and from Italy with gymnasts and coaches.
Walter went on to become the Italian National Coach but never forgot his friends in Buckley and still maintains his visits to run clinics for us.
Walter is now based in Switzerland running gymnastics in Lugano and in May Stan, Diane, Joy Barton (former chairperson and ballet teacher) and former Buckley International gymnast Lisa Gannon (nee Barton) were invited over to celebrate 30 years of gymnastics and friendship.
Hospitality was provided by Walter and wife Sylvia and the four days were rounded off with a spectacular gymnastic event to celebrate 100 years of gymnastics in Lugano.