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Young acrobats from Normanton Sports Acro break club’s medal record

Normanton Sports Acro. The acrobats and gymnasts have won the most medals ever at the Yorkshire Championships

Normanton Sports Acro. The acrobats and gymnasts have won the most medals ever at the Yorkshire Championships

Young gymnasts from Normanton and Altofts are flying high in the world of sports acrobatics.

A team of 24 youngsters from Normanton Sports Acro picked up the most medals ever for the club during this month’s Yorkshire Championships.

Children, aged from eight to 15, brought back 21 medals to the Wakefield Road club, with many now going on to represent the county in the National Championships in May.

Head coach Holly Rowney, 24, said: “I have never been so proud, these are definitely results to shout about.

“We have very poor facilities and not many coaches and to yet again beat much larger clubs with masses of resources’ proving its not what you have but what you do with it that counts.

“I am so proud of all my gymnasts, parents and coaches. For many of these children this was their first competition against much more experienced athletes.

“All my gymnasts had moved up to a higher and much harder grade so to come away with so many medals was amazing. We never expected to do so well. Those kids are a credit to my club.”

Caitlin Etherington, 10, and Freya Halliday, eight, won gold in their pairs category to be chosen to represent Yorkshire.

The club won every category entered on the tumble track, with gold medals going to Hannah Newton, 14, Dylan Ashurst, 10, and Madison Cunniff, 10.

In the girls 13-plus age group, the club finished in the top four places thanks to Alicia Hall, 13, Georgia Wells, 14, Sasha Goddard, 15, and Izzy Chester, 12.

Dylan Ashurst and Issie Wilman got a standing ovation as they won gold by two marks in the grade 2 mixed pairs and will also represent the county in Southampton in May.

The youngsters are now training hard to bring back even more medals from the British and National Championships, which take place later in the year.

 
 
 

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