Gymnasts become national champions

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Acrobatic gymnasts from Deerness Gymnastics Academy returned triumphant from the British Championships.

The team, from Ushaw Moor, Durham, won two gold medals and three bronze.

Six of the 16 gymnasts competing in the competition in Liverpool are now British champions, while eight others won their very first medals at this level.

Gold winners were the 12-18 men’s group - Nathan Brady, Ryan Dury, Finn Gavin and Michael Gill

Nathan, Finn and Michael, now have a hat-trick of British Championship titles and Ryan won his first medal in acrobatic gymnastics after joining the current world champions this year.

Senior Women’s Pair - Chelsea Fisher and Abbi Greaves - competed as senior competitors for the first time following their gold medal success at the World Championships in 2014. They are now the reigning British Champions for the third time in different categoriesl.

Bronze medals went to the 12-18 Women’s Group - Caitlin Owston, Amelia Palmer and Bethany MacDougall - who competed for the first time as a trio in a major competition.

Also taking bronze were 12-18 Women’s Pair - Vicky Gargan and Drew Armstrong who were competing in the British Championships for the first time. The 11-16 Women’s Group - Rachel Graham, Amber Robertson and Tatiana Dubov, were competing at this higher level for the first time and took bronze.

“It’s a great achievement for any gymnast just to compete at the British Championships but for the club to return with two gold and three bronze medals at this level is a fantastic achievement for Deerness Gymnastics Academy,” said high performance coach Katie Lawton, Deerness Gymnastics Academy.

“Deerness Gymnastics Club has achieved a lots of success over the years at the British Championships but as well as our established GB gymnasts it is particularly pleasing to see so many new gymnasts this year not only competing at this level for the first time but also winning a place on the podium and returning with a medal.”

The six gymnasts from Deerness Gymnastics Academy who are now British Champions after winning gold medals have also been selected to represent Great Britain in the Acrobatic European Championships taking place in Germany in September.

“Medals at this level are a great achievement but the hard work now starts for our six gold medallists as they prepare for the European Championships where they will have the honour of representing not only the club but also Great Britain,” said Stuart Thompson, head of acrobatics, Deerness Gymnastics Academy.

“So many of our gymnasts were competing for the first time at this years British Championships and it just shows that the hard work and commitment in training with their team members and coaches as well as their own talent can really pay off. This was great opportunity to gain valuable competition experience against the best in the country and for many their first medal which we hope will continue to inspire many of the younger gymnasts in the future.”

Deerness Gymnastics Academy in Ushaw Moor is a high-performance centre for British Gymnastics. It has a strong history in acrobatic gymnastics and is now developing the gymnastic discipline of tumbling.

Deerness Gymnastics Academy, which has Matt Baker as its patron, has become one of Britain’s top gymnastics clubs over the past twenty years, with over 100 international gymnasts with more than eighty World and European medallists, including fifteen World and European Champions in its roll of honour. It is not only one of the most successful clubs in Great Britain but it is also recognised on the International scene as one of the top clubs in the world.

Gymnastics coaching in acrobatics, tumbling and trampolining is available to all ages from novice to elite level. Recreational classes are available for children from 3 years. Baby gym sessions take place on weekdays and adults can take a class on Thursday evenings. To find out more call: 0191 373 9419 or visit www.deernessgymnastics.org.uk follow on twitter @deernessga or find on Facebook.