Young gymnasts are stars of the show after water wrecks equipment

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A GYMNASTICS club devastated by flooding has won more than 100 medals — only days after its equipment was destroyed.

Bolton Gymnastics Club pulled together to triumph at the City of Preston Winter Championships.

This was despite being unable to train at their base in New House Farm, Darcy Lever, in the run up to the event.

The £20,000 spring floor, funded by Kevin Davies’ charity KiDs of Bolton, was damaged last month along with crash mats and a sprung track after a rainwater pipe shattered, causing dirty water to flood the gym.

The damage led coaches to cancel sessions for the 250 members.

But girls aged between five and 16 kept their focus for the competition and came away with 30 gold medals, 57 silver medals and 26 bronze medals.

Ashley Luxford was named as the novice senior champion, Isobel Russell the over-11s prenovice champion and Isabella Tankard the over-10s pre-novice champion. Helen Barlow, from Bolton Gymnastics Club, said: “Last month we were mopping up filthy water and throwing our equipment into a skip.

“The gym was closed for a week and the children were unable to train for the competition.

“But thanks to the generosity of The City Of Preston Gymnastics Club loaning us some of their equipment and mats, and to the understanding and support of our gymnasts, coaches, parents and volunteers who pulled together and gave up their time, we were able to open the gym again.

“It’s been disruptive and stressful but the children have been amazing and it makes it all worthwhile.

We are so proud of them all.”

Boys at the club also found success in Bury with Alex France and Danny Almond both achieving pass with merit in a regional assessment at level one which involves routines on six pieces of apparatus.

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