Trio of South Tyneside gymnasts become golden girls

South Tyneside Gymnastic have won three gold medals.
From left Kristie Harrington, Sofie Lincoln and Gabriel Evans
Coaches from left Vicktoria Pattison and Deb Said
South Tyneside Gymnastic have won three gold medals. From left Kristie Harrington, Sofie Lincoln and Gabriel Evans Coaches from left Vicktoria Pattison and Deb Said

A trio of gymnasts from South Tyneside somersaulted to the top of the podium in the world championships held in China.

Kristie Harrington, 18, Sofie Lincoln, 14, and Gabriel Evans, 13, brought home the gold after impressing judges in the Women’s Trio (13-19 age group).

The trio, all members of South Tyneside Gymnastics Club, shared the top spot with their Russian counterparts at the World Championships in Putian City, China.

Ian Said, coach and director of the club based at the Temple Park Centre, South Shields, said: “This was a massive result for the girls.

“This is such a coverted title and to share it with the Russians is amazing.

“The Russian gymnasts are well known for being at the top of their game when it comes to gymnastics, so to have three of our girls sharing the top spot with them is fantastic. It took a long while to sink in when the scores come up.

We are so proud of all the girls’ achievements

Ian Said

“It really is unbelievable, but is a reward for the hard work, dedication and commitment from the girls and those supporting them.”

The girls were joined at the contest by fellow club gymnasts Lauren Said, 14, and Viena Ramsay, 12, who earned fifth place in the Women’s Pair (12-18 age group).

Erin Mattinson, Lauren Emmerson and Lucy Atkinson were also placed sixth place at the Senior World Championships.

Mr Said, added: “To have such talented gymnasts at the club is a real testament to the hard work they put into their training.

“We are all so proud of their achievements.

“But we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the support of their families.”

The gymnastics centre is regarded as one of the top four in the country, and has been operated by South Tyneside Gymnastics and Wellbeing Centre Community Interest Company since 2014, following an asset transfer from South Tyneside Council.

It is run by Ian and Debbie Said.

It has about 500 users from the age of five months upwards.

The gymnasts at the centre train for up to 23 hours a week.

The club offers training in gymnastics, trampolining, Free G, as well as hosting parent and toddler groups,pilates, yoga and boot camp fitness,

To find out more about the club and sessions available at the clubm, visit www.stgym.co.uk