Gymnasts from South Tyneside again proved themselves among the best in the country as they enjoyed success at a national championship.
Six members of South Tyneside Gymnastics Club returned from the British Championships, in Liverpool, with gold medals, while two won silver.
Erin Mattinson, Lauren Emmerson and Lucy Atkinson were triumphant in the 13-19 women’s group event for the third year in a row, while Kristie Harrington, Sofie Lincoln and Gabrielle Evans won the 12-18 women’s group.
There was also success for Lauren Said and Vienna Ramsey, as they took silver in the 11-16 women’s pair.
It was the latest in a long line of success for the club, with the titles the ‘icing on the cake’.
Sue Mattinson, secretary of the club, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with how well they did. The British Championships are a huge thing.
It’s absolutely great, and is testimony not just to the gymnasts, but also to the coaches and everyone involved at the clubSue Mattinson, secretary of South Tyneside Gymnastics Club
“The girls have proved themselves to be among the best gymnasts in Britain, and it’s fantastic for us as a club to have two more titles.
“It’s absolutely great, and is testimony not just to the gymnasts, but also to the coaches and everyone involved at the club.
“They work so, so hard, and this is what it is all about. When they come back from competitions like that with titles, it’s the icing on the cake.”
Five of the gymnasts – Erin Mattinson, Lauren Emmerson, Lucy Atkinson, Lauren Said and Vienna Ramsey – have been selected to represent Great Britain in the European Championships, which will take place in Riesa, Germany, next month.
Sue added: “It’s always an honour for us as a club when our gymnasts represent their country, which five of them will be doing again at the European Championships in September.
“That will be a great chance for them to go out there and show they are not just the best in the country, but the best in Europe as well. It’s all about hard work. They work really, really hard for between 20 and 25 hours a week, as well as their time at school or work.
“They are prepared to give up everything, and aren’t able to have much of a social life or holidays. They just train.”