Acrobats Get 2016 off to a Successful Start

Posted on: April 4th, 2016 by Debbie No Comments

Deerness Gymnastics Academy acrobats got 2016 off to a successful start as its young gymnasts competed in the Regional NDP (National Development Program) Championships in March, bringing 8 medals, 4 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze, back to the club.  The gold medallists in four partnerships, 10 gymnasts in total, qualified for the national finals.

The Regional championships were held in South Tyneside Gymnastics Centre on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March when 22 acrobats from Deerness competed against other gymnasts from the north to compete to represent the region at national level.


NDP 4 Women’s Group – Jenny Lawson, Drew Armstrong & Lili Gardner

NDP 4 Men’s Pair – Jason Archer & Johnathon Henderson

NDP 5 Women’s Group – Emily Dodd, Emily Gill & Ebony Young

NDP 6 Women’s Pair – Chelsea Nesbitt & Verity Kell


NDP 2 Women’s Pair –  Amber Askew & Ella Rodgerson

NDP 5 Women’s Pair – Cara Winship & Amelia Harrison


NDP 3 Women’s Group – Grace Robson, Emily Wilson & Kiera Redford

NDP 4 Women’s Group – Kaira Farrier, Ariana Dubov & Ellie Raeburn


Also competing in NDP 4 Women’s Pair were Evie Field & Jennifer Murphy.

All gold medallists will now go forward to the national NDP finals in May, representing the North of England.

At the same event last year, gymnasts from Deerness Gymnastics Academy won 5 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals with the gold medallists qualifying for the Final of the national competition with Deerness Gymnastics Academy eventually winning 3 silver medals at the national final.

Deerness Gymnastics Academy in Ushaw Moor is a high-performance centre for British Gymnastics. It has a strong history in acrobatic gymnastics and is developing the gymnastic discipline of tumbling at the club with Coach Glen Wharton.

“Yet again our gymnasts have done themselves, their parents and the club proud. These are great results for our developing gymnasts,” said Katie Lawton, acrobatics coach, Deerness Gymnastics Academy.

“Here at Deerness Gymnastics Academy we have a strong history as a competitive club and our young gymnasts have been working so hard to prepare for competition, and gaining the confidence and skills that participating in competitive events brings so it’s great to see their hard work and commitment resulting in success, which will hopefully inspire and encourage more people to get involved with the club.”

Deerness Gymnastics Academy, which has Matt Baker as its patron, has become one of Britain’s top gymnastics clubs over the past twenty years, with over 100 international gymnasts with more than seventy World and European medallists, including fifteen World and 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.

Gymnastics coaching in acrobatics, tumbling and trampolining is available to all ages from novice to elite level. Recreational classes are available for children from 3 years and baby gym sessions take place on weekdays. To find out more call: 0191 373 9419 or visit or follow on twitter @deernessga or find on Facebook.