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Gymnasts reach out to clinch honours.

A Teesside gymnastics club have scored a memorable success at a big event.

Hemlington Gymnastics Club won the Team Trophy at the regional novice and team competition in South Shields.

The club members were also successful individually, gaining a total of 15 medals.

Charlotte Wilkinson, the club's manager, said: "The competition has been going since 1996 and this is the trophy I have wanted for years.

"I am so proud of all the gymnasts. They give me so much satisfaction when we gain results and I hope this will continue.

"The gymnasts have worked extremely hard over the last six months, so this is an incredible achievement. And this was the first competition for some of them."

Medals gained by club members were:

Regional Level 1 Tumbling: 1, Hayley Blackburn; 2, Jordan Warner; 3, Becky Wastall. All three were taking part in their first competition.

Regional Level 2 Tumbling: 3, Christina Fox.

Regional Level 2 Tumbling, Men: 3, Stephen Harrison.

National Level 1 Tumbling, 12 and Under: 1, Lyndsey Irish.

National Level 2 Tumbling 15+: 1, Samantha Thompson; 2, Julia Pacitto.

Novice Men's Pairs: 2, Tom Jenkins & Ben Zaranko (first competition as pair).

Intermediate Level 1 Pairs: 2, Lyndsey Irish & Hayley Blackburn (first comp as a pair); 3, Samantha Thompson & Hannah Hornby.

Intermediate Level 2 Pairs: 2, Ailsa Pitt & Samantha Thompson; 4, Nikki Wilson & Jordan Warner (first comp as a pair).

Intermediate Level 2 Women's Groups: 2, Samantha Thompson, Stacey Hugill & Alice Smith (first comp as group); 3, Julia Pacitto, Fiona Woodmass & Christina Fox.

Intermediate Level 3 Women's Groups: 1, Ailsa Pitt, Nikki Wilson & Lyndsey Irish.

* THE club have also received an accreditation called Gym Mark from Sport England.

Charlotte added: "This is achieved by proving that the club is run efficiently and effectively and that standards are set and maintained within the club by all the coaches, gymnasts and parents involved.

"We are the first club in Cleveland to gain this and I am very proud of the club and all who helped us to achieve it."

The club hope the accreditation will help when applying for grants in the future, which will help improve the club.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 20, 2004
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