Academy’s fantastic five shine in Slovenia

Meg  Coates (Whitby), Damien Quinton, Megan Coates, Brodie Aziz and Alice Morbey at the Maribor event
Meg Coates (Whitby), Damien Quinton, Megan Coates, Brodie Aziz and Alice Morbey at the Maribor event

Scarborough Gymnastics Academy are celebrating after five of their young gymnasts shone for Team GB at the European Championships in Maribor, Slovenia.

Brodie Aziz, 13, Damien Quinton, 14, Megan Coates, 17, Alice Morbey, 17 and Meg Coates, 17, all came through trials to represent GB.

Damien Quinton and Brodie Aziz show off their bronze medals

Damien Quinton and Brodie Aziz show off their bronze medals

Academy coach Nikii Walker was also chosen to coach both the GB senior and junior Women’s teams at the Championships, which saw TeamGym GB make history, grabbing their first bronze medal and breaking several records in the process.

Scarborough’s Aziz and Quinton were members of the historic team winning bronze in the junior men’s section, while Morbey was part of the junior women’s team who broke the record for the highest-ever British floor routine score and overall score by a British junior women’s team at the event.

The girls team earned fifth place overall in the final.

Megan Coates (Scarborough ) was a member of the junior mixed team who along with her teammates scored the highest ever overall junior score from a British team.

Scarborough coach Nikii Walker (far left) with her fellow coaches

Scarborough coach Nikii Walker (far left) with her fellow coaches

The mixed team were placed sixth in their event.

Meg Coates (Whitby) was the last to compete at the Championships and was a member of the senior women’s team who broke the record for the highest tumble score for a British team in this section on the new code.

The senior women’s team came sixth in the final.

The achievements of both the local contingent and the GB team as a whole have left coach Walker filled with pride.

“I’m still pinching myself, it was a fantastic experience,” said Walker.

“I’m very thankful to have shared the privilege of being national coach for GB TeamGym with my younger sister Aimee.

“I’ve had one of the most amazing weeks ever working alongside the top TeamGym coaches, gymnasts and judges from around the country.

“I also feel very proud to have five amazing gymnasts from Scarborough representing Great Britain at the event.

“The trip has been such an amazing experience and wonderful opportunity to be involved in.

“Congratulations to everybody who has contributed to making this happen, you are all amazing.

“The coaches at the club behind the scenes are so important too. Kadie Walker and Evy Walker have been there every step of the way and the parents have shown great commitment too.”