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Deerness gymnasts have proved that they are world-class

A teenager from Seaburn is returning home from Florida with a world championship medal.


Jesse Heskett, 17, was part of the Team GB senior men’s group squad which snatched the title in America.


Competing alongside Newcastle University student Dorian Walker and fellow Deerness Gymnastics Academy members Matthew Evison, 19, and Richard Hurst, they shared the title with China at the 2012 World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships


A British Gymnastics spokesman said: “Their composure, style and mastery at these world championships were remarkable. They proved that Great Britain is an established power in this discipline and is there to stay.”


Their performance helped Team GB win a total of four medals – one gold, two silver and one bronze – which gave them the silver medal behind Russia.


Breathtaking routines from the British and Chinese men’s four earned each 28.050 points to earn a share of the gold medal.


Stuart Thompson, head of acrobatic gymnastics for County-Durham based Deerness Gymnastics Academy, said: “Once again Deerness gymnasts have proved that they are world-class and that as a club we are able to contribute to the ongoing success of Great Britain gymnastics at an international level.


“The British acrobatic gymnastics team produced a sensational performance topped off with gold in the final event of the men’s four. It is great news that Deerness Gymnastics club was there to help them achieve that success.”


The volunteer-led club took over the running of Deerness Gymnastics Academy last year following the closure of Deerness Leisure Centre and is making gymnastics coaching available to all ages from novice to elite level.


In its 20-year history it has produced over 60 international gymnasts with more than 50 world and European medals, including four world and four European champions.

via Wearside Teenager Wins World Acrobatic Gymnastics Title With Team GB – Sky Tyne and Wear.

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