INJURY did not stop a talented teenage tumbler from scooping a silver medal at a prestigious tournament earlier this month.
Sam Dronsfield had problems with his hand but still managed to pick up a second-placed gong during the British Open Tournament, held on Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11, at Fenton Manor, Stoke-on-Trent.
The 16-year-old from Glanton had missed out on a medal on the Saturday by 0.1 points, coming fourth in the qualifiers, but recovered from the setback to qualify for the finals on the Sunday.
He secured the silver medal with his second tumble, which scored 29.70 – the second highest of the competition – and was screened live on the British Gymnastics website.
This year’s competition attracted more gymnasts than the 2010 event, including one competitor from Canada.
Sam, a sixth-form pupil at Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School, is a member of the Deerness Gymnastics Academy in Durham, where he trains at least three times a week.
Earlier this year, the youngster won the Northumberland Gazette Sports Personality of the Year award for his tumbling efforts during 2010.