DEERNESS Gymnastics Academy is celebrating after eight gymnasts secured world championship gold medals.
Ushaw Moor 13-year-old Abbi Greaves and Chelsea Fisher from Darlington (17) secured the gold in the 12-18 years women’s pair event at the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions in Paris.
They were silver medallists in last year’s European Championships, but raised the bar another level with their impressive showing.
Durham’s Millie Nesbitt (15) teamed up with Spennymoor’s Liam Sneath (17) to win the 12-18 years mixed pair.
Millie previously secured a bronze in a trio at the 2012 World Championships, and had taken a silver in last year’s Europeans alongside Liam.
In the 11-16 category, Durham’s Nathan Brady (16) and Stuart Napier (14), Michael Gill (16) from Ponteland and Finn Gavin (12) from Alnwick completed the gold haul in the men’s group event, improving on last year’s silver medal in the European Championships.
In all, 700 acrobatic gymnasts from 33 countries took part.
Stuart Thompson, head of acrobatics at the Ushaw Moor-based club, was thrilled, saying: “I am so proud and so happ.
“They all performed their routines to perfection, qualifying for the finals in first place and then overcoming that added pressure to take gold.
“There were some amazing gymnasts at the championships and they have all proved how talented they are.