Gymnasts raise the bar at college fun day event

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GYMNASTS at a college raised the bar as young sports stars showcased their talent at a fun day.

TyneMet College’s sports clubs gathered to raise funds for children with cancer at the annual Summer Fun Day.

The gymnasts led the way, showing that a discipline tipped to rank amongst the most eye-catching at next summer’s London Olympics continues to go from strength to strength on North Tyneside.

There was an impressive turnout across the board as TyneMet’s staff and students opened their doors to the public.

“More than 500 people attended even though the weather was terrible,” said North East Sports Academy’s (NESA) Chris Bunten.

“I’d asked our community clubs to come down and show the public what it is that we offer here. They responded in style.”

As TyneMet’s nominated charity for the next 12 months, the Teenage Cancer Trust used the fun day to generate funds and interest in its work.

David Haley, chairman of the Teenage Cancer Trust’s Toon Council, pictured, said: “We can’t thank the college enough for their continues support. This was a great event and everyone had a fantastic time.”

Various groups and clubs showcased their talents to an appreciative audience throughout the day.

But none had more to boast about than the gymnasts, whose event has proved popular in recent times.

“Our gymnastics club started in November and has gone from strength-to-strength,” added Bunten, whose role as club secretary has afforded him a close look at some of the region’s up-and-coming gymnastic talents.

“In the first few weeks we had six or eight children attending, now we’ve got 30 and there’s a waiting list.

“Gymnastics is proving to be so popular that we have another two sessions starting soon, on a Wednesday afternoon and a Saturday morning.

“Due to its popularity, we’ve already held camps at Easter and half-term and both have been really successful and fully booked. We’re already taking bookings for our summer camps.”

In the meantime, TyneMet’s youngsters are preparing to compete at a forthcoming gymnastics festival.

Should the enthusiasm shown at the fun day be repeated, success could be soon be heading their way.