HARTLEPOOL Gymnastics Club are once again celebrating after huge success in their latest competition.
Their appearance at South Durham Gymanastics Club is the biggest event, in terms of numbers, that the club travel to with 270 gymnasts from across the region all competing but the club managed to come out with both individual and team honours.
The event, held at Spennymoor Leisure Centre, is one that the club often attend but coach Shelley Taylor admits that is is one where they don’t usually medal and therefore the high level of success came as quite a shock.
She said: “I am absolutely over the moon. It was very unexpected to pick up as many medals and awards as we did so I am ecstatic.”
The competition, where ages varied from seven to 14-years-old, was split into three different levels of ability: beginner, intermediate and expert - with the club successful in each of the categories.
As well as being awarded 15 individual places, they secured two silver medals in both the under-12 and under-10 team categories which is a tremendous achievement, especially with the latter team being in their first year of competition.
Molly Bain, Aimee Bell, Chloe Hope, Mharie-Louise Maley and Alix Willis were the under-10 winners whilst Taylor Allen, Sarah Francis, Grace Murray and Emily-Jo Small made up the under-12 team.
This high level of achievement doesn’t come without effort and Taylor was delighted that the gymnasts’ effort and dedication has paid off.
She added: “Some people don’t realise how hard they actually work. They have to train anywhere between four and twelve hours per week, which shows their dedication and hardwork and while all the coaches are thrilled with their success, I’m sure there is still more to come.”