Deerness Gymnastics Academy are the first winners of new ITV sports entertainment show “Let’s Get Gold” broadcast on prime time national TV this week.
The quartet of acro gymnasts, competing as ‘Acropolis’, wowed the judging panel of Rio Ferdinand, Freddie Flintoff, Martine McCutcheon and Una Healy with their technique, skill and athleticism and, most importantly, creativity, style and flair to win GOLD and £100,000for the Durham club.
Competing as ‘Acropolis’, the team from Deerness Gymnastics Academy recently crowned acro-gymnastic world champions, consists of: Jesse Heskett (17) from Seaburn, Sunderland; Matthew Evison (19) from Esh Winning who attends St. Leonards RC School; Dorian Walker (21) from Durham City and studying at Newcastle University and Richard Hurst (21) from Esh Winning.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our senior men’s team and also Deerness Gymnastics Academy. I am really proud that the nation has seen the fantastic skills and hard work that led this team to become world champions for Team GB,” said Karl Wharton, director of gymnastics, Deerness Gymnastics Academy. “As a charitable body and volunteer led club, the prize fund is going to make such a big difference to our future but even just taking part is a great reward for all of our gymnasts and tumblers who dedicate many hours a week to developing a gymnast, developing the skills and experience to gain recognition at national and international level.”
Deerness Gymnastics Academy, located in Ushaw Moor, County Durham, have become one of Britain’s top gymnastics clubs over the past twenty years, with over 60 international gymnasts with more than fifty World and European medals, including three World and four European Champions in its roll of honour- www.deernessgymnastics.org.uk
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