Gainsborough gym class heroines take British Disability Championship medals

Gainsborough gymnasts , from left: Aimee Clover, Georgia Shearman, Lauren Douce and Holly Stephenson
Gainsborough gymnasts , from left: Aimee Clover, Georgia Shearman, Lauren Douce and Holly Stephenson

A quartet of local gymnasts clinched podium places at the British Disability Championships at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

The four girls, representing Apex Academy, brought home a haul of three gold medals and one silver.

Aimee Clover, 10, Georgia Shearman, 151, Lauren Douce, 10 and Holly Stephenson, 9, did their gym proud last weekend with some impressive performances.

Apex Academy, based at West Lindsey Leisure Centre, has been going from strength to strength since it was first established in 2010.

The young gymnasts have been hard at work in training over recent months and took to the floor to showcase their skills.

Highlights included fantastic execution scores for Douce, Shearman, Clover and Stephenson on the floor exercise.

Despite their nerves, they all manage to go through very tidily and display their best routines to the judges

Head Coach at Apex Becky Chambers told the Standard the medals were richly deserved.

She said: “All four gymnasts put their heart and soul into every performance, they have all trained hard to be where they are now and deserve recognition for their efforts, I am unbelievably proud of them.”

“All the gymnasts and supporters were elated with the results and already look forward to defending their titles at next year.”

And the coach believes success at national level could be a catalyst for an increase in the sport’s popularity in Gainsborough.

“This competition is a fantastic way of showing that gymnastics is a sport for everyone to enjoy and be involved in.” she said.

“I sincerely hope that the disability gymnastics circuit become more and more popular and continues to grow.”