EIGHT Deerness Gymnastics Academy members will compete for Great Britain in next month’s World Acrobatic Gymnastic Championships in Paris.
All eight are British champions, as well as being European silver medallists, with the Ushaw Moor-based youngsters up against the world’s elite.
The competition performances will include intricate balances performed by pairs, trios and quartets, with multiple and twisting somersaults with partners being pitched and caught.
Abbi Greaves (13) and Chelsea Fisher (17) look to build on their success in the 12-18 years woman’s pair, while Millie Nesbitt (15) and Liam Sneath (17) are in the 12-18 mixed pair event.
In the 11-16 category, Michael Gill (16), Nathan Brady (16), Stuart Napier (15) and Finn Gavin (12) will compete in the men’s group.
Deerness’s head of gymnastics, Stuart Thompson, said: “Although they have all represented Great Britain before, there is a lot of competition throughout the world in what is a growing discipline of gymnastics.
“Even though they are all very talented gymnasts, they will have to perform at their very best in the competition to achieve their goals of a medal.
“In 2012, four gymnasts from Deerness Gymnastics Academy took the gold medal in the senior men’s group at the World Championships in Florida, so it would be great to build on this success on the world stage.”