Tumblers Get 2016 off to a Successful Start

Posted on: March 2nd, 2016 by Debbie No Comments

Deerness Gymnastics Academy tumblers got 2016 off to a successful start as its young tumblers competed in the Regional NDP (National Development Program) Championships last weekend, bringing 13 medals back to the club with nine of the gymnasts qualifying for the national semi-finals.

The Regional championships were held in Hartlepool on Sunday 28 February when 33 tumblers from Deerness competed against other tumblers from the north to compete to represent the region at national level.

Gold medals: Beth Watson, Tia Barrett, Cleo Watson and Quinn Young

Silver medals: Laila English, Kate Marshall, Sophie Smith, Malachy Gavin and Elisha Yorke

Bronze medals: Mya Malthouse, Tia Kelly, Tom Reid and Nathan Wade

All nine gold and silver medallists will now go forward to the national NDP semi-finals in Birmingham in May, representing the North of England.

In total 179 gymnasts from 12 clubs right across the north east thrilled and entertained with their skills as they contended for medals in the different categories and the opportunity to proceed to the National NDP semi-finals.

At the same event last year, tumblers from Deerness Gymnastics Academy won 5 Gold medals and 4 silver medals with those tumblers qualifying for the semi-finals of the national competition with Deerness Gymnastics Academy eventually winning 2 gold 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,” said Glen Wharton, head of tumbling at Deerness Gymnastics Academy. “Congratulations to them all and especially those who qualified for the next stage of the competition. I’d also like to thank our coaches Mark Nesbitt and Emma Watson; and also two of our parents, Neale Davies and Wendy Aston, who represented the club as judges too.

“Last year the club won 3 silver medals at World championships and was best year yet for tumbling at Deerness Gymnastics Academy. It is a growing sport both nationally and here at Deerness. These development competitions are a great way for our gymnasts to gain experience and boost their confidence as they start out in tumbling and we wish them all the best of luck in the semi-finals,” said Glen Wharton.

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 deernessgymnastics.org or follow on twitter @deernessga or find on Facebook.