Gold and bronze European glory for gymnasts

Two Deerness tumblers have won team gold medals, and one of them an individual bronze medal, with the Great Britain Gymnastics Tumbling Team.

Thursday, 14th April 2016, 12:48 pm
Rachel Davies and Shanice Davidson from Deerness Gymastics Academy.

Rachel Davies, 17 from Langley Park, Durham, helped the senior GBR team win gold ahead of Russia and France. She also qualified for the individual final where she went on to win the bronze medal.

Fifteen-year-old Shanice Davidson, from Washington, helped the junior GBR team win gold. She also qualified for the individual final, finishing fifth - the highest placed of the junior GBR tumblers.

Great Britain also became the first nation ever to win all four gold team titles in the European Tumbling Championships, with the senior and junior teams also taking gold.

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Deerness Gymnastics Academy head of tumbling, Glen Wharton, said: “History has been made by Team GB at these championships as no country has ever won all four tumbling team titles.

“It was great that Deerness Gymnastics Academy had Rachel Davies and Shanice Davidson on the senior and junior girls team. It was just amazing and I am so proud to have been a part of it.”

“Tumbling is going from strength to strength at both this club and at national level resulting and it’s great that Deerness Gymnastics Academy tumblers are not only being selected but for Team GB but also making the podium and winning medals at major international competitions, helping to bring the club and country success.

Gymnastics coaching in acrobatics, tumbling and trampolining is available to all ages at the club. To find out more call: 0191 373 9419 or visit