A man from Ipswich has described being chosen to judge gymnastics at the 2024 Paris Olympics as the "proudest moment" of his career.

Andrew Jones received a letter informing him that he is just one of three British judges to have been selected among an elite judging panel for the Olympic Games this summer.

Mr Jones will be judging in the trampoline competition in the French capital on August 2.

He got into gymnastics judging through curiosity, wanting to understand how the judges came up with a number at the end of a routine.

Mr Jones said: "It was all a mystery that I needed to unpack.

"This is the proudest moment of my career. I was hugely humbled to get selected.

"It's the letter every judge dreams of getting but never expects to receive.

"My immediate reflection has been to think back to all who have supported, encouraged and facilitated my judging career."

On judging the trampolining competition, which has been a fixture in the Olympics since its first appearance in the 2000 Games in Sydney, Mr Jones added: "I love the fact that you make a difference.

"You’re making split-second decisions that require total focus and it’s something of a personal challenge to be the best judge you can.

"As judges, we’re not stars of the show, we are there for the gymnasts. If I can constantly improve and be as accurate as possible, then that is the fairest outcome for everyone."

Andrew Tombs, executive director from British Gymnastics, said: "We're thrilled that Andrew has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

"His dedication and expertise are invaluable, and he's made significant contributions to the sport of gymnastics.

"We congratulate him on this incredible achievement and wish him all the best for an exciting summer in Paris."