Gymnasts vie for national honours

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Sixteen gymnasts from Deerness Gymnastics Academy are off to the British Championships tomorrow.

Five gymnasts from the club in Ushaw Moor, Durham, are already reigning British Champions, while nine of the remaining 11 gymnasts are entering the championships for the first time.

Senior women’s pair Chelsea Fisher and Abbi Greaves will compete as senior competitors for the first time after moving up from the age group category following their gold medal success at the World Championships in 2014. They are the reigning British Champions;

In the 12-18 women’s group, Caitlin Owston, Amelia Palmer and Bethany MacDougall are competing together for the first time.

Also new to the competion are the 12-18 Women’s Pair Vicky Gargan and Drew Armstrong.

In the 12-18 Men’s Group Nathan Brady, Michael Gill and Finn Gavin were gold medallists in the world championships last year and are current British Champions, but this is a new line-up, with Ryan Dury joining them.

11-16 Women’s Group, Rachel Graham, Amber Robertson and Tatiana Dubov, have previously won a British title but it is their first time competing at 11-16.

The 11-16 Women’s Pair Katerina Dubov and Sydney Etherington are competing at the British Championships for the first time.

“It’s a great achievement for any gymnast to compete at the British Championships.

All of our competitors this year have shown such commitment and put in hours of hard work in training with their coaches to develop to a high enough level to compete at a national championships,” said Katie Lawton, high performance coach, at the Academy.