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On balance it’s quit a sucess ! Golden Euro glory for Deerness gym squad GYMNASTICS SPECIAL. – Free Online Library

DEERNESS Gymnastics Academy’s senior men’s group are bouncing with delight after clinching the European Championship title – the first time it has been held by Great Britain.

Jesse Heskett (17) from Seaburn, Sunderland, Matthew Evison (19) from Esh Winning, Dorian Walker (21) from Durham City and Richard Hurst (21), also from Esh Winning, won gold medals ahead of Russia and Poland in the all-round competition and the balance discipline.

The golden quartet was part of a 15-strong team of gymnasts from Durham-based Derness – aged between 12 and 21 – who represented Great Britain in the 25th Senior and ninth Junior European Acrobatic Championships in Bulgaria.

They claimed four of Team GB’s medal haul of 13, which included two golds and two silvers.

In the junior competition’s men’s pairs, Tim Pritchard (15) from Belmont and Alex Houston (18) from Consett won a silver medal in the balance discipline.

They were beaten by Russia but finished ahead of Poland.

The women’s group of Emily Forsyth (17), Carys Ridsdale (17) and Millie Nesbitt (12), all from from Durham City, won a silver medal in the all-round competition just behind Russia and ahead of Bulgaria.

The men’s group of Liam Sneath (14) from Spennymoor, Joe Charman (19) from Sherburn near Durham, Conrad Dempsey (18) from Newton Hall, Durham, and Michael Gill (13) from Ponteland took fourth in the allround final behind Russia, Bulgaria and Poland.

The mixed pair of Rhys Maxwell (17) from Belmont and Erin Walker (14) from Chester-le-Street achieved fifth place in the qualifying rounds.

Stuart Thompson, head of acrobatic gymnastics at Deerness Gymnastics Academy, said: “Deerness gymnasts have again proved they are world-class.

“As a club we are able to contribute to the ongoing success of Great Britain gymnastics at an international level.

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