Deerness Acrobats Head to British Championships

Posted on: July 27th, 2016 by Debbie No Comments

Five gymnasts will head to the British Championships this weekend aiming to become British Champions in Acrobatic Gymnastics. They will all compete against the best in the country in two different combinations:

  • Caitlin Owston, Amelia Pamler & Bethany MacDougall will compete in the 13-19 Women’s Group. At last year’s British Championships this trio won bronze in the 12-18 age group category)
  • Katerina Dubov & Tatiana Dubov will compete for the first time together in the 12-18 Women’s Pair. Both girls competed last year in different partnerships and Tatiana took the bronze medal in an 11-16 Women’s Pair.
 In addition, Jesse Heskett, 22 from Sunderland has also been selected to judge at the prestigious tournament. The former senior World Champion acrobatic gymnast will be judging for the first time at a national competition.
“It’s great for Deerness Gymnastics Academy to have more young talent coming through the club and heading to this year’s British Championships. It is a great achievement for any gymnast to compete at the British Championships and all of our competitors this year have shown such commitment and put in hours of hard work in training with their coaches to develop to a high enough level to compete at a national championships,” said Katie Lawton, high performance coach, Deerness Gymnastics Academy.
“Deerness Gymnastics Club has achieved a lot of success over the years at the British Championships and it’s also great to see some of our former gymnasts remaining in the sport as coaches and also judges, helping to develop the talent of the future.”
Deerness Gymnastics Academy in Ushaw Moor is a high-performance centre for British Gymnastics. Earlier this year, Karl Wharton, the club’s founder and volunteer Director was honoured with an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to gymnastics.
The club which also has its former gymnast Matt Baker as its patron and has become one of Britain’s top gymnastics clubs over the past twenty-five years, with over 100 international gymnasts with more than eighty 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.