PICTURE SPECIAL: Shields hosts major gymnastics event

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Hundreds of gymnasts displayed their talents during an international contest staged in South Tyneside.

The Sharlene Slater International event is organised each year by South Tyneside Gymnastics Club at Temple Park Centre in South Shields.

The event sees some of Europe’s finest competitors take to the mats

Now, in its fourth year, the event saw 400 gymnasts from clubs as far away as Switzerland take part.

South Tyneside’s very own home-grown talent didn’t fail to disappoint, with a double-figure medal haul.

Club coach, Debbie Said, said: “It’s great to see all the top clubs coming to South Tyneside.

“It’s a very friendly competition and one all the gymnasts enjoy taking part in.

“The whole club was competing at various levels, from the development stages through to the gradings and senior level.

“It really is a chance for everyone to take part on an international stage.

“As well as bringing a boost to our club, the event also brought a lot of people to South Tyneside for an entire weekend.

“The event really helps to put the borough on the map.”

Following the contest, a number of the borough’s gymnasts went on to continue their winning streak in the Pat Wade contest held in Stoke.

Dannie Hailstone, 18 and Anna Greenwell, 12, took silver in the 12-18 women’s pair category, while Kristie Harrington, 17, Sofie Lincoln, 13, and Hannah Pilling, 12, took fourth place in the 12-18 women’s group.

In the seniors’ women group, Katherine Spence, 19, Rebecca Richardson, 24, and Faye Wardhaugh, 14, took third place, while Lauren Said, 12, and Vienna Ramsay, 10, took fourth in the 11-16 women’s pairs.

Phillipa Morris, 15, and Georgia Tuck, 12, also competed.

Coach Ian Said, said: “This year has been a phenomenal one for our club.

“Every year, our gymnasts, work so hard on their routines and we are so immensely proud of everyone of them.”

n The gymnasts will be taking to the mats on December 22 and 23 to perform their Christmas display. For tickets for the show, contact Mr Said on 0771 450 2744.

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