Fordyce has sights set on Europeans

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 23:32 15 June 2010

Wilmington gymnast Douglas Fordyce, 19, and partner Edward Upcott, 17, were included in the British Acrobatics Gymnastics Team.

Wilmington gymnast Douglas Fordyce, 19, and partner Edward Upcott, 17, were included in the British Acrobatics Gymnastics Team hoping for glory in the Mayor's Cup International held in Samokov, Bulgaria at the weekend. The boys had a superb start to the competition, demonstrating their strength and accuracy, performing a very strong balance routine and winning the balance section of the competition. A great acrobatic tempo routine is fast and shows a range of tumbling and high somersaults guaranteed to have the audience glued to their seats in appreciation. Douglas and Edward's routine had all these qualities, fast, exciting and cleanly executed to keep them in that number one position and qualify for the Saturday's final with ease. The following day the boys carried on executing a clean combined routine, once more showing their strength and accuracy in the balance elements and with the excitement of the fast tumbles and high somersaults in the tempo elements. Douglas and Edward took first place picking up their third consecutive gold medal in six weeks, with over four marks separating them from the Bulgarian pair in second place. The pair now have their sights firmly on the selection process for the European Championships, which will take place next month, and the World Games in Taipai in July when they will be part of Team GB hoping for success. Douglas still receives no funding and is desperate for a sponsor or sponsors to help him. The villagers of Wilmington are starting the ball rolling - local resident Julie Brown has organised a ladies' pamper evening on Thursday, June 11 from 6-9pm at The White Hart in Wilmington. Booking is essential and any ladies wishing to support this event can book by phoning the White Hart on (01404) 831764. All the proceeds from this event will go to assist Douglas.


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