A TEAM of young gymnasts has overcome challenges to prove their are among the best in Britain.

The ‘Richmondshire Orbit’ foursome won at the TeamGym British Championships competition held in Stoke on Trent.

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They competed in the Integrated Level 1 event where half of the gymnasts in the team must have a disability or impairment.

The team consists of Henry Chapman, 12 from Ingleby Barwick, siblings India and Isaac Clay, 11 from Thirsk and Hollie Bowers, 11 from Hunton.

Rebecca Clay, head coach and mum of Isaac and India, explained that Isaac's genetic condition, Williams Syndrome limits the range of movement in many of his joints.

He also has a heart condition and hearing loss, visual and spatial issues as well as learning difficulties.

Rebecca said: "Doing this sport has given him a sense of belonging and friendship but most importantly it is great for his health; his strength, flexibility and range of movement.

"As a parent, I want to keep him involved and active as long as possible whilst inspiring and showing others that disability shouldn’t be seen as a barrier to achieving your goals.

"When Isaac was born, I could never have dreamed that one day he would be competing in a British Championship, and then the team go and take the title.

"It was an emotional but incredible day for us, not only as a family but as a club as it was our first ever British title.”

Sara Bowers, is mum to team member Hollie, 11, who was born with a duplex kidney which required an operation at just 18-months-old.

She regularly needed antibiotics in her early years and was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of seven and ASD aged ten.

Sara said: "Being on the spectrum brings many challenges for Hollie and affects how she sees life and deals with certain situations.

"She struggles to deal with crowds so being able to get up and compete in front of people actually takes a lot of energy and can often lead to her having sensory shutdowns.

"However, when she sets foot in the gym she feels at home.

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"It’s her happy place and she feels like she fits in and belongs to something so she can just be herself - the true and remarkable person she is."

Richmondshire Gymnastics Club is now looking to further develop its opportunities and success in TeamGym after all four of the micro teams they put forward achieved the qualifying standard back in July.

They would love to have their own dedicated tumble track to practise on as they often have to use the facilities of other clubs, such as Durham and Newcastle when major competitions approach.

A crowdfunding page has been set up to raise funds for a dedicated track for its facility at Colburn Leisure Centre and the club is appealing to businesses and the wider community to support them in their mission to raise £20,000.