Deerness Head to First National Finals of 2017

Posted on: May 9th, 2017 by Debbie No Comments

Twenty-one acrobats from Deerness Gymnastics Academy are heading to the first National Finals of the year this weekend (13 & 14 May) as they compete in the NDP (National Development Program) Championships.

To qualify the gymnasts, aged between 9 to 19, had to take the GOLD medal in the regional qualifying competition which took pace earlier this year in South Shields. At the regional finals the club from County Durham, won more medals than any other club as it won 13 medals, 9 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze.

The following gymnasts, nine partnerships, 21 gymnasts in total, won GOLD qualifying them for the national finals.

  • NDP 1 Women’s Pair – Amber Askew & Poppy Wilthew
  • NDP 2 Women’s Pair – Lucy Wealleans & Mia Nigrelli
  • NDP 4 Women’s Pair – Jenny Lawson & Lilli Gardner
  • IDP Women’s Pair – Chelsea Nesbitt & Eilidh MacDougal
  • NDP 3 Women’s Group – Ebony Young, Amelia Harrison & Ella Rodgerson
  • NDP 4 Women’s Group – Emily Dodd, Emily Gill & Keira Redford
  • IDP Women’s Group – Kaira Farrier, Ariana Dubov & Frankie Ryman
  • NDP 3 Men’s Pair – Aaron Greally & Jake Palmer
  • NDP 4 Men’s Pair – Jason Archer & Joshua Ashton

Last year at the same event, four partnerships qualified for the Final of the national competition with Deerness Gymnastics Academy eventually winning Gold in the Grade 6 Women’s Pair category.

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 did themselves, their parents and the club proud at the regional qualifiers and we are really looking forward to the national championships,” 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.”