THREE gymnasts from the North-East have returned from the Acrobatic European Championships in Poland with a bronze medal for Great Britain.

The Deerness Gymnastics Academy trio in the women’s group dynamic final and finished sixth in the overall competition.

The team included Caitlin Owston, 19, from Belmont, Amelia Pamler, 18, from Great Lumley and 14-year-old Bethany MacDougall, from Newton Aycliffe.

They were competing for Great Britain against 11 other nations in the European Championships being held in Rzeszow in Poland.

Stuart Thompson, head of acrobatics, Deerness Gymnastics Academy and GB coach, said: “I am so pleased for our gymnasts on their bronze medal.

“This was a very competitive championship and this trio of gymnasts have worked really hard over the past few year, continually improving through their hard work and commitment to the sport.

“They thoroughly deserved their success at the European Championships.”

The trio also recently won the National Championships and currently hold the title of British Championships after their gold medal-winning performance this summer.

Deerness Gymnastics Academy is a high-performance centre in acrobatics for British Gymnastics and is in Ushaw Moor, near Durham.

Mr Thompson said: “It’s an honour to represent your country at any sport, and to win a medal whilst doing so is a very special moment.

“This was their first call-up to represent their country and the whole club is very proud of their success in the European Championships.”