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Deerness Gymnastics Academy in Deerness, in Ushaw Moor, near Durham City hosted the Deerness Floor Championships

March 17, 2014 Leave a comment

HUNDREDS of the North-East’s most promising young gymnasts displayed their talents in a keenly-contested championships yesterday (Saturday).

Deerness Gymnastics Academy in Deerness, in Ushaw Moor, near Durham City hosted the Deerness Floor Championships, attracting entries from 12 gymnastics clubs across the region, with more than 500 people taking part.

Many gymnasts from the Durham club took part in the competition which was developed to give young children the opportunity to perform their gymnastic skills in a friendly and encouraging environment.

Children aged four to 16, including novices, intermediates and advance gymnasts, participated in individual, pairs and disability categories.

The academy’s gymnastic director Karl Wharton said: “Congratulations and many thanks to all the clubs, gymnasts, coaches, parents and volunteers who made this a very successful day.

“Although Deerness Gymnastics Academy is known as a major club in GB gymnastics and home to world, European and British champions the club is also committed in helping to develop happy, healthy and confident children throughout the region.

“The sport also provides many young people throughout Durham and the North-East with the opportunity to improve their health and physical development, promote social and emotional skills as well as boost their confidence.

“Competitions like these are a great way to introduce children and young people to the competitive side of the sport.”

Deerness Gymnastics Academy, which has One Show and Countryfile presenter Matt Baker as its patron, has become one of Britain’s top gymnastics clubs over the past 20 years, with more than 100 international gymnasts securing 70 world and European medals. It has four World and six European Champions on its roll of honour.

To find out more about the academy contact 0191-373 9419 or visit

via Hundreds of young gymnasts display skills in regional contest at Deerness Gymnastics Academy (From The Northern Echo).


Deerness Gymnasts Jumping for Joy

Deerness Gymnastics Academy is celebrating after their young acrobats returned to the club with nine gold medals and 4 silver medals from the north east acrobatic NDP (National Development Plan) Championship which took place at Temple Park, South Shields last weekend.

33 of the 36 gymnasts from the Durham club achieved a medal, making it the clubs best performance ever at this annual event. And the 24 gymnasts who were part of gold medal winning combinations will now go on to represent the club and the region in the NDP National Finals in May.

Four members of the Dubov family, Tatiana aged 8, Ariana aged 9, Katerina aged 12 and Santiago aged 14 all won gold medals and other siblings were also able to celebrate together too. The full list of results is as follows:

Novice Women’s Group – Poppy Herring, Arianna Dubov & Corinn McDonald – Gold
NDP 1 Women’s Group – Rachel Graham, Amber Robertson & Tatiana Dubov – Gold
NDP 1 Women’s Group – Faith Wilthew, Phoebe Wilthew & Verity Kell – Silver
NDP 1 Women’s Pair – Anna Alderson & Cassie Gaines – Gold
NDP 1 Women’s Pair – Lanna Nuttall & Ebony Young – Silver
NDP 1 Men’s Pair – Mas McLeod & Beau Beresford – Silver
NDP 1 Men’s Group – Maxamilian Wolff, Benjamin Duncan, Daniel Rose, Alec Lowes – Gold
NDP 2 Women’s Group – Amelia Pamler, Louise Burton & Drew Armstrong – Gold
NDP 2 Women’s Group – Rachel Fergus, Caitlin Duffy & Anna Armstrong – 5th
NDP 2 Women’s Pair – Chelsea Nesbitt & Kaira Farrier – Silver
NDP 2 Men’s Pair – Oliver Hillman & Louis Baxter – Gold
NDP 3 Women’s Pair – Katerina Dubov & Bethany MacDougall – Gold
NDP Mixed Pair – Santiago Dubov & Abbie Thompson – Gold
NDP 4 Women’s Group – Vicky Gargan, Chloe Thompson & Jenny Lawson – Gold

There were 21 different categories in total and Deerness entered 11 and won gold in 9 of them and silver in the remaining 2. Last year Deerness won 6 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.

In total hundreds of gymnasts from clubs right across the north east thrilled and entertained the judges with their high-quality, artistic routines and choreographed performances showcasing their complex acrobatic skills.

“These really are fantastic results for the club. We didn’t think we could better last performances but the hard work and efforts of the gymnasts, their parents and also our coaches and volunteers have been rewarded.” said Karl Wharton, director of gymnastics, Deerness Gymnastics Academy. “As a club Deerness Gymnastics Academy has a strong history and when I see our young gymnasts working so hard week after week preparing for competition, and gaining the confidence and skills that participating in competitive events brings, I am very proud that we not only still have a club but also a great community facility that is able to contribute to the ongoing success of Great Britain gymnastics”.

“Gymnastics provides many young people throughout Durham and the north east with the opportunity to improve their health and physical development, promote social and emotional skills as well as boost their confidence. These tournaments are a great way of demonstrating gymnastic skills and strengths and will hopefully inspire and encourage more people to get involved with the club.”

Deerness Gymnastics Academy has become one of Britain’s top gymnastics clubs over the past twenty years, with over 100 international gymnasts with more than sixty World and European medallists, including four World and six European Champions in its roll of honour. It is not only one of the most successful clubs in Great Britain but it is also recognised on the International scene as one of the top clubs in the world.

The club took over the running of Deerness Gymnastics Academy in 2011, following the closure of Deerness Leisure Centre and is making gymnastics coaching sessions with world-class coaches available to all ages from novice to elite level. To find out more call: 0191 373 9419 or visit follow on twitter @deernessga or find on Facebook.

via Deerness Gymnasts Jumping for Joy – Sky Tyne and Wear.

ChronicleLive – Sport – Grassroots – Gymnastics: Deerness Valley quartet get GB call

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Gymnastics: Deerness Valley quartet get GB call

Oct 13 2010 Evening Chronicle

FOUR-MIDABLE – a quartet of young North East gymnasts are preparing to take on the world.Alexandra Richardson, Rachel Davies, Steven Gilmoure and Alex Knowd from the Deerness Valley Gymnastics Club have been selected for the Great Britain squad for next month’s World Trampolining and Tumbling Championships in Metz, France.In a further boost for the Durham City-based club, their coach Glen Wharton will also be travelling with the squad as one of the coaching staff.Richardson and Davies will contest the girls’ 11-12 year section, while Gilmoure and Knowd will be in the 15-16 years category.All were chosen after trials in Wakefeld – and Wharton sees their call-ups as further evidence of the highly-successful club’s continued growth and recognition.

via ChronicleLive – Sport – Grassroots – Gymnastics: Deerness Valley quartet get GB call.

Spelbound call in to Deerness Gymnastic Centre Ushaw Moor

BRITAIN’S Got Talent winners Spelbound were in the region brushing up their acrobatic skills yesterday as they prepare to represent the UK at the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in Poland.

Members of the troupe were up early for training – the day after a successful appearance at the Metro Arena, Newcastle, for a Britain’s Got Talent tour.

They used the gymnastics facilities at the Deerness Leisure Centre, in Ushaw Moor, near Durham, to hone their display.

Spelbound stormed the Britain’s Got Talent final with their human skipping ropes and flying over the judges’ heads.

Head coach Neil Griffiths said: “We entered the Britain’s Got Talent competition mainly with the purpose of raising the profile of the sport.”

Four members of Deerness Valley Gymnastics Club will also represent Great Britain in next month’s championships.


Spelbound call in to Deerness Gymnastic Centre Ushaw Moor

Britain’s Got Talent winner leave Newcastle Spellbound

Jun 30 2010 by Kerry Wood,

The Journal

HAVING dazzled the country with their skills, acrobats Spellbound honed their act here in the North East before taking their talent to the world stage.

This week the 30-strong troupe entertained thousands when the Britain’s Got Talent tour arrived in Newcastle.But since winning the popular television contest, Spellbound have been working non-stop to get into the best physical condition of their lives.

When they’re not performing to packed out arenas they’re using every spare hour to train for the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in Poland next monthAt the competition they’ll perform as the Great Britain team alongside gymnasts from County Durham who’ve made the grade.

The group called in to the Deerness Gymnastic Centre near Ushaw Moor, County Durham, yesterday.The team, aged from 12 up to 25, had a manic morning of intense training before leaving the region.Head coach Neil Griffiths said: “We wanted to increase the profile of the sport but going on to win the show was amazing. The reception we had from the crowd here was absolutely fantastic. Every show gets better and better but it’s going to be difficult to top Newcastle.”

via JournalLive – News – Today’s News – Britain’s Got Talent winner leave Newcastle Spellbound.

GYMNASTICS: Sam tumbles into medal party – Northumberland Today

GYMNASTICS gem Sam Dronsfield proved age is no barrier as he defied the odds to win a silver medal in a prestigious national competition.The 14-year-old grabbed the prize at the British NDP Tumbling Finals, held by the British Gymnastics Association in Fenton Manor, Stoke-on-Trent, on Saturday.It was an exceptional effort from the Glanton teenager who had recently moved up to the over 15-year-old category and was not expecting to walk away with a medal.But despite being one of the youngest gymnasts in his group, he grabbed second spot in the age group’s elite 2 competition. And he did it in dramatic fashion, getting his hands on the silver medal with his last tumble, which helped him notch a total score of 76.70.


via GYMNASTICS: Sam tumbles into medal party – Northumberland Today.

CHAMPION GYMNASTS represent Great Britain


Gymnasts from the region have been selected to represent  Great Britain,  at the Acrobatic Gymnastic World Championships. Jasmine Danby, 18, Chelsea Fisher, 13, Alex Houston, 16, and Timothy Pritchard, 14, who train at Deerness Valley Gymnastic Club, based at Ushaw Moor  in Durham, all won Gold Medals and became British Champions at the British Championships held at Stoke on Trent in March 2010. They will now compete in the World Championships in Poland in July.

The club are trying to raise money for the trip by organising fundraising events and looking for sponsors. Anyone who would like to sponsor the team can contact Deerness Valley Gymnastics Club Fundraising Committee at Valley View, Ushaw Moor, Durham, DH7 7LS or e-mail

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