Tumblers Celebrate 2015 Successes and Achievements

Posted on: January 18th, 2016 by Debbie No Comments


A host of awards were given out last weekend to Deerness Gymnastics Academy Tumblers as the club celebrated its best and most improved tumblers of 2015 at its 9th Annual Presentation Evening.

Nearly 300 gymnasts, coaches and tumblers gathered at Ramside Hall Hotel to see the tumblers receive recognition for their hard work and efforts, commitment and successes over the past 12 months.

Special guest, Jenny Dawes, Tumbling National Coach for British Gymnastics and a former British Champions who also won four international Gold medals presented the awards on the evening at the event hosted by Glen Wharton, head of tumbling at Deerness Gymnastics Academy.

During 2015 Deerness Tumblers won three silver medals at the World Championships; had 20 people selected for the national squad; a British Champion; two national champions at development level; and two coaches, Mark Nesbitt and Glen Wharton, represented Great Britain at the Loule Cup at the World Championships.

81 awards in total were presented, including:

  •       Rachel Davies won the Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award for her success at the World Championships, winning a team silver medal and placing fifth in the individual final in her first year as a senior competitor.
  •       Matilda Hamilton won the Perseverance of the Year Award after realising her dream in 2015 of competing in a World Championship final – nine years and 8 months after beginning her tumbling career. She finished 7thin the World Championships.
  •       Mary Young and Lucy Aston, both aged 9, each received a Special Award for being the two youngest tumblers ever to represent Great Britain after receiving call ups to the National Squad in 2015.
  •       The three Most Memorable Performances of the Year were named as James Richardson’s Gold medal in the Loule Cup, Daisy Gasgoine Allen in the Deerness Competition and Shanice Davidson’s comeback from in jury to win silver at the World Age Group Championships.
  •       Lewis Westwood received the Determination of the Year Award following his hard work to move from Development level to Age Group.
  •       The Tumblers’ Tumbler of the Year had joint recipients with Rachel Davies and Matilda Hamilton both receiving the most votes cast buy their fellow gymnasts.
  •       The final award of the evening for the Tumbler of the Year went to Georgia Clayton who in 2015 won the Spring Qualifier event, became British Champion (for the third year running) and took the silver medal at the World Age Group Championships.

“A big congratulations to all of our winners this year. There were some outstanding performances in 2015 which I hope will continue to inspire everyone next year. I’d like to thank all of our gymnasts, the coaches, the judges and the parents whose hard work and commitment over the year contribute to the success of tumbling at Deerness Gymnastics Academy,” said Glen Wharton, head of tumbling at Deerness Gymnastics Academy.

“The Presentation Evening is a great way to start off the New Year. Everyone really looks forward to it and it’s a fantastic opportunity to review the highlights and achievements of 2015 and look forward to the year ahead. We are all aiming for more success in 2016.”

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 eighty World and European medallists, including fifteen World and European Champions in its roll of honour. The club which is renowned for its acrobatics success nationally and internationally is celebrating ten years of the gymnastics discipline of tumbling at the club in 2016.

(Thank you to Inkspot Photography for the images.)