DOZENS of acrobats from a County Durham gymnastics club came back from the North of England championships with medals.

Deerness Gymnastics Club, in Ushaw Moor, near Durham, won the team title at the North of England regional open and team competition after securing eight gold medals, a silver, and a bronze.

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Some of Deerness Gymastic's Clubs medal winning acrobats

In total, 28 gymnasts came home from the event, which was held at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre, with medals.

Katie Lawton, the coaches high performance coach, said: “This was a great opportunity for some of our developing gymnasts to compete against the best in the region.

“It was also a timely opportunity for essential competition experience ahead of the British Championships later in the year.”

“It is really important for gymnasts at all levels of development to keep gaining more experience in a competitive environment.

“These competitions are a great way of developing gymnastic skills and strengths and will hopefully inspire and encourage more people to get involved with the club.”

“As a club, we are grateful for the support we receive from parents and volunteers and with the hard work and effort of the gymnasts and coaches, together we can provide many young people throughout Durham and the north east with the opportunity to improve their health and physical development.”

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The winners included:

Gold NDP 1 Mixed Pair – Ryan Lannon & Sophie Waite

NDP 2 Women’s Pair – Esme Lowes & Ella Snowden

NDP 3 Men’s Group – Joshua Robson, Edward Payne, Ben Wardle & Jake Palmer

Youth Women’s Group – Beth MacDougall, Amber Askew & Ella Rodgerson

IDP Women’s Group – Chelsea Nesbitt, Kaira Farrier & Eilidh MacDougall

12-18 Women’s Group – Cara Winship, Georgia Hewison & Keira Redford

12- 18 – Men’s Group – Sam Stafford, Marcus Winship, Aaron Greally & Jonny Henderson

13-19 Women’s Group – Dena Kirk, Jenny Lawson & Lilli Gardner

Silver NDP 4 Mixed Pair – Alec Lowes & Alanah Gregory-Lee

Bronze NDP 3 Women’s Pair – Lucy Wealleans & Iris Pinny