Teenage tumbler Shanice goes for gold

LEAPS AHEAD: Shanice Davidson is going for gold.

LEAPS AHEAD: Shanice Davidson is going for gold.

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TUMBLING star Shanice Davidson is hoping to shine in an international competition.

The 14-year-old, from Washington, is heading to Florida next month after being chosen to represent Great Britain for the third time running in the World Age Group championships.

Last year, the talented teen brought home the silver medal when the event was held in Bulgaria and hopes are high she can do enough this year to clinch the gold.

Shanice, a pupil at Biddick Academy, trains five times a week at the Deerness High Performance Academy in Durham with her coach, Glen Wharton.

And the determination of the young gymnast, who lives with her grandparents, Bill and Sheila Davidson in Albany, has paid off with a very successful year so far.

Sheila, 67, said: “We are so, so proud of her. She is extremely dedicated and really good. She has done tremendously well. Last year she got the silver, which was fantastic. She narrowly missed out on the gold, so fingers crossed for this year.”

Being chosen to represent Britain for the third time at the World Age Group championships is the latest success for Shanice, who was awarded the BBC North East Junior Achievement Award earlier this year, as well as a Master Gymnast accolade from the North of England Gymnastics Association.

She also came first in the World Championship trials.

Sheila said there is never a spare minute keeping up with Shanice’s busy schedule, but it is worth it.

The devoted grandmother said: “I don’t know how she does it. She has also completed her Duke of Edinburgh bronze award and is doing a sport leader course.”

Staff at Shanice’s school have been very supportive and the teenager is still doing very well in her studies.

Supporting the teenager’s sporting dreams is very expensive for the Davidsons, so this time only Bill, 68, will be going to Florida with her.

Anyone who would be interested in sponsoring Shanice’s continuing national and international success can contact them on 659 2357.