Deerness eight in national finals

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EIGHT Deerness Gymnastics Academy acrobats will compete on the national stage in Stoke today – after claiming gold medals in the regional final.

Thirteen-year-olds Evie Field and Jenny Lawson are joined by Jennifer Murphy (9) in the Grade 4 women’s group, while a new pairing of Luke Neil (14) and Sam Harrison (9) are through in the Grade 4 men’s pair in their first competition together.

Rachel Graham (14), Amber Robertson (15) and Tatiana Dubov (10) won national gold at the grade below last year, and they are aiming to land the Grade 5 women’s group.

Clubmates Kaira Farrier and Santiago Dubov also qualified to compete, but injuries have forced them to withdraw.