A Lancaster-based gymnastics club has secured success at two international competitions and are now through to hotly contested finals.
Members of the elite 'Diamond Squad' from The City of Lancaster Gymnastics Club took part in two international competitions. The first in Maia, Portugal and the second Puurs, Belgium.
In Portugal, Oliver Ip, 14, and Charlotte Turner, 11, just missed out on medal placing finishing fourth in the mixed and men’s pairs 11-16 age group. While Saskia Rudge Thompson, 16, Chloe Macklin, 17, and Millie Gibson, 10, competed in the women’s 12-19 age group, finishing eighth after reaching the finals in a large group of 49.
In Belgium, once again Saskia, Chloe and Millie finished seventh overall qualifying for finals in an even tougher competition with entries from countries including Germany, Japan, Australia, Canada, Belgium and America.
Marie Gardner, Club Manager at the City of Lancaster Gymnastics Club said, “The success of the club is down to support from a team of very dedicated coaches, parents, gymnasts and staff at the University of Cumbria. In the future, it’s our aim to capitalise on our accomplishments and develop world champion gymnasts which I believe we can do!”
The City of Lancaster Gymnastics Club has been around for more than 25 years and is based at the University of Cumbria’s Sports Centre at its Lancaster campus. The University of Cumbria runs the recreational gymnastics club which acts as a feeder for the competitive squads and coaches are shared between the two programmes. Members range in age from 2 to 19 years’ old.
From September, the club is expanding to a new facility in the Lancaster Leisure site and will offer pre-school classes for children from 8 weeks old and some of the competitive squads will also be based there. Competitive tumbling, trampolining and gymnastics classes will continue to run from the university’s sports centre.
Emma Bales, head of campus services at the University of Cumbria said, “We are delighted to support the City of Lancaster Gymnastics Club from our premises. The club is experiencing unprecedented levels of success and we are pleased to do our bit to support.”
As well as housing the City of Lancaster Gymnastics Club, the university also sponsors the club’s kit.