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GYMNASTICS: Deerness tumblers target more success as 2015 gets into full swing (From The Northern Echo)

January 31, 2015 Leave a comment

DEERNESS Gymnastics Academy is hoping to get 2015 off to a flying start as its young tumblers enter the Regional NDP (National Development Program) Championships this weekend.

The regional championships are being held in Hartlepool tomorrow when 19 tumblers from Deerness will compete against other tumblers from the region to compete to represent the region at national level.

The 19 Deerness Gymnastics Academy gymnasts are: Tia Barratt, Mya Malthouse, Ava Bayles, Tom Reid, Olivia Bell, Samantha Tull, Sophie Smith, Beth Watson, Abigail Raine, Daniel Wilkinson, Tia Simpson, Lorna McAllister, Quinn Young, Solomon Cornwell, Lewis Westwood, Megan Young, Eve Coates, Cleo Watson and Amy Jeff.

In total 168 gymnasts from clubs right across the North-East will thrill and entertain with their skills as they contend for medals in the different categories and the opportunity to proceed to the National NDP semi-finals.

The top two in each category will make it through to the semi-finals in Peterborough in May and Sheffield in June, hoping to then qualify for the national finals.

via GYMNASTICS: Deerness tumblers target more success as 2015 gets into full swing (From The Northern Echo).

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Deerness Tumblers Aim for National Selection

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

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.

Deerness Tumblers Take Four Gold – Sky Tyne and Wear

Deerness Gymnastics Academy is celebrating after eight of their young tumblers represented the region in a national competition last weekend – with half of them returning with a GOLD medal.

Eve Coates, age 11 (NDP 3 age 11-12), Hope Rackstraw, age 16 (NDP 4 age 15+), Rebekah Pattinson, age 14 (NDP 5 age 15+) and Erin Stone, age 14 (NDP 5 age 13-14) all won GOLD medals in their respective categories.

The Deerness gymnasts qualified for the national finals after all winning gold in the regional finals earlier this year. In total hundreds of gymnasts from across the country thrilled and entertained the judges with their with non-stop action of high-flying somersaults and twists and fast-paced tumbling at the event in Stoke.

“These are great results for the club, and great to see the hard work of the coaches and gymnasts being rewarded,” said Glen Wharton, head of tumbling at Deerness Gymnastics Academy.

“Deerness Gymnastics Academy has a strong history as a gymnastics club and even though tumbling is a relatively new discipline for us we have been able to achieve a lot in short amount of time, we have celebrated European and World medals as well as regularly contributing members to the GB squads. We are all now working hard towards the British Championships with 19 of our tumblers qualifying for that event in July.”

via Deerness Tumblers Take Four Gold – Sky Tyne and Wear.

Tiny tumbler tipped for top – Local – Sunderland Echo

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Tiny tumbler tipped for top – Local – Sunderland Echo.

A SCHOOLGIRL gymnast tipped for the World Championships is heading to Belfast this month to compete in a national competition.

Shanice Davidson, 10, from Washington, is making the trip after being chosen for the National Gymnastic Squad.

After scooping a gold medal at the British Open Tournament in November, she now hopes to try out for the World Championship when she turns 11.

Shanice, who attends Albany Primary School, has only been doing gymnastics for three years.

Her grandmother Sheila Davidson, said: “We are really proud of her and we love getting involved.

“We have been travelling about the country with her. She needs our support and we love to give it and be involved in it all. We’re really looking forward to the competition in Belfast.”