Deerness Academy’s NDP record takes a tumble

MEDAL WINNERS: Deerness Gymastics Academy performers.

MEDAL WINNERS: Deerness Gymastics Academy performers.

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DEERNESS Gymnastics Academy secured a club record haul of five gold medals and four silvers in the National Development Programme (NDP) trampoline and tumbling finals in Telford.

The Ushaw Moor-based club’s 16 tumblers had to finish in the top two of the regional finals before placing eighth or higher in the semi-finals to qualify for the Telford.

Solomon Cornwell struck gold in the boys’ 9-10 years NDP 1 category, while four girls – Darcey Garbutt (NDP 4, 9-10), Lucia Woodhouse (10-12, NDP 5), Rebecca Temperley (13+, NDP 4) and Jessica Vaughan (13+, NDP 6) – also emerged triumphant for Deerness.

The four silver medallists were Noah Glanville (boys’ 9-10, NDP 1), Ellie Cook (girls’ 9-10, NDP 4), James Richardson (boys’ 9-10, NDP 4) and Olivia McFarlane (girls’ 15+, NDP 5).

Rebecca Dixon just missed out on a medal, coming fourth in the 13+ girls NDP 3, with Melissa Overal, Amy Jeff and Charlotte March all claiming fifth-place fkinishes.

Harry Wharton and Erin Stone both ended sixth in their categories, while Cleo Watson was seventh in hers.

Glen Wharton, Deerness’s head of tumbling, was delighted, saying: “This was a great weekend for our tumblers.

“The overall standard has gone up from last year, so to take this many medals was fantastic and a credit to the gymnasts and coaches.”

The club will hold taster sessions for tumbling and gymnastics over the summer.

Anyone interested in taking partshould call 0191 373 9419 or visit www.deernessgymnastics.org.uk