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Deerness Tumblers Aim for National Selection

Four Deerness tumblers are heading to national trials this weekend (March 1 & 2) aiming to gain selection for the Great Britain national squad for the Tumbling European Championships.

At the Lilleshall National Sports centre they will compete against the very best tumblers in the country for a coveted place on the national squad to compete in the European Championships from April 7 to 13, 2014 in Portugal.

 Two gymnasts, Rachel Davies (15) from Langley Park and Shanice Davidson (13) from Washington, will try and gain a place on the Junior team. While Steven Gilmore (18) from Jarrow and Georgia Clayton (16) from Spennymoor will try and gain a place on the senior team.

“We wish them all the best of luck in these trials,” said Glen Wharton, head of tumbling, Deerness Gymnastics Academy. “Although they have all represented Great Britain before there is a lot of competition across the country in what is a growing discipline of gymnastics. They will have to perform at their very best using the many hours of hard work they have put in at the club alongside their coaches to achieve their goal.”

Rachel Davies won a silver medal in the British Championships and a silver medal in the World Championships competing for Great Britain in 2013. In 2010 she was World Champion in the 11/12 girls tumbling age group and in 2012 won a team gold medal in the European Championships.

Shanice Davidson won a bronze medal in the British Championships and a silver medal in the World Championships competing for Great Britain, and was recently received the prestigious accolade of BBC North East Junior Acheivement Award for 2013.

Georgia Clayton is the current British Champion and won a gold medal at the Danish World Cup competing for Great Britain in 2013.

Steven Gilmore is the current British Champion and competed in the 17/18 age group in the World Championships for Great Britain in 2013.

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