Seven Tumblers Reach the National Finals

Posted on: June 9th, 2016 by Debbie No Comments

Seven tumblers from Deerness Gymnastics Academy have qualified for this year’s finals of the National NDP Tumbling Championships.

The gymnasts had to win gold or silver in the regional finals of the National Development Programme competition; and then needed to place 8th or higher in the semi-finals to qualify for the finals which will be held next month (8-10 July) 2016 in Telford.  All are now in contention for a medal at the finals with two qualifying in first place; one in second and third; and a further gymnast in 4th place.

At the 2015 NDP Tumbling finals, two tumblers from Deerness Gymnastics returned as National Champions, with a further two silvers and a bronze medal won. Kate Marshall who last year won Gold in N2 13+ girls competes again as do Cleo Watson, Sophie Smith, Quinn Young, Tia Barratt (a silver medallist last year). The results after the semi-finals and tumblers qualifying for the 2016 finals are:

  • Elisha Yorke Level 2 13+ 1st place
  • Laila English Level 3 11-12 7th place
  • Kate Marshall Level 3 13+ 1st place
  • Sophie Smith Level 4 11-12 2nd place
  • Tia Barratt Level 4 11-12 8th place
  • Quinn Young Level 4 11-12 3rd place
  • Cleo Watson Level 5 13-14 4th place

Also competing for Deerness were Malachy Gavin and Beth Watson who just missed out on qualification for the Final.

The North of England team also won the competition for the second year running.

“It’s fantastic that all of our competitors have qualified for the finals. They have all worked extremely hard with their coaches Emma Watson and Mark Nesbitt, and their success so far is a testament to their commitment and attitude to training and the sport,” said Glen Wharton, head of tumbling at Deerness Gymnastics Academy. “The finals will provide them with a great competitive experience which can only help them grow and develop as gymnasts.”

“Our club has a great recent track record in tumbling and at all levels we are going from strength to strength,” said Glen Wharton. “We are continuing to develop tumbling at Deerness Gymnastics Academy along with acrobatic gymnastics, and have a number of ways in which people can participate in both disciplines of gymnastics”

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

Earlier this year tumblers Rachel Davies and Shanice Davidson from Deerness Gymnastics Academy returned with Great Britain Team Gold medals in the European Championships at both junior and senior level; three silver medals for Rachel Davies, Georgia Clayton and Shanice Davidson in last year’s World Championships; and in last year’s British Championships Georgia Clayton won her third National Title and Deerness also won a further four silver and one bronze medal. Sixteen tumblers have also qualified for the British Championships this summer.