Gymnastic gem gearing up for two big competitions

Finn Gavin is pictured at the front.
Finn Gavin is pictured at the front.

A talented gymnast from Felton is relishing the prospect of competing at two major events, which will pit him against national and international acrobats.

Finn Gavin will be heading to the British Championships in Liverpool this weekend, before representing Great Britain in the Acrobatic European Championships in Germany in September.

The 13-year-old, who trains at Durham’s Deerness Gymnastics Academy, will be competing in the 12-18 age group for men’s four.

His team will consist of fellow Deerness members Michael Gill, 17, from Ponteland, Nathan Brady, 17, from Durham, and Ryan Dury, 18, of Teesside, for both events.

Last year, Gavin, Gill and Brady won both the British Championship and Word Championship in the 11-16 age group. Dury is a new team member.

Finn says he is looking forward to the challenges of both events.

The new-look team prepared for their upcoming competitions with a first-place finish at the King Edmund Acro-gymnastics International Competition, in Bristol, earlier this month.

They are four of six Deerness Gymnastics Academy members to be selected for the European Championships and four of 16 to be heading to the British Championships.

Katie Lawton, high-performance coach at Deerness, said: “It’s a great achievement for any gymnast to compete at the British Championships.

“All of our competitors this year have shown such commitment and put in hours of hard work in training with their coaches to develop to a high enough level to compete at a national championships.

“The British Championships will help our elite gymnasts preparations ahead of the European Championships.

“It’s great that once again Deerness Gymnastics Academy has gymnasts representing Great Britain at the very highest level of competition.”