Sofia silver for Shanice

Shanice Davidson and coach Glen Wharton.
Shanice Davidson and coach Glen Wharton.
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TWO tumblers from Deerness Gymnastics Academy are ready to enjoy Christmas after picking up silver medals in the Tumbling World Championships in Bulgaria.

Shanice Davidson, from Washington, secured a silver in the 13-14 girls age group and Rachel Davies, from Langley Park, was runner-up in the 15-16 category.

Deerness’s head of tumbling, Glen Wharton, who was among Great Britain’s coaches in Sofia, said: “These were fantastic displays by our tumblers.

“I would have been really pleased to just make the finals, however to bring back two World Championship silver medals is a great achievement for both Shanice and Rachel but also their coaches, families and also the club.

“Tumbling is a relatively new discipline for Deerness Gymnastics Academy, but we have been able to achieve a lot in short amount of time and its a real achievement for the club to continue to represent and win medals for Great Britain at international level.

“We have started new tumbling recreational classes here at Deerness Gymnastics Academy and we hope this will inspire our younger and newer club members as we continue to develop the club for both the local community as well as national and international gymnastics.”

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