Spelbound star wins World Championships

PUBLISHED: 15:39 20 July 2010

Former Wilmington man wins gold medal

A TEENAGER who trained with Honiton Gymnastics Club has won gold at the World Acrobatic Gymnastic Championships in Poland.

Douglas Fordyce, 20, formerly of Kilmington and part of Britain’s Got Talent winning group Spelbound, took the men’s pair title alongside Edward Upcott.

His mother, Margaret, said: “Douglas and Edward were crowned World Champions on Sunday - we are all absolutely on cloud nine - them included - we can’t quite believe it. They beat the Russian pair who were favourites to take the title. The British women’s trio also won a silver and the men’s four also won gold. The team won silver in the team event.”

The World Championships involved 180 gymnasts from 25 counties, Great Britain achieved their best ever results.

The last day of the World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships in Wrozlaw, Poland was marked by truly unique British success - both our Men’s Pair - Douglas Fordyce & Edward Upcott - and Men’s Four - Adam Buckingham, Adam McAssey, Alex Uttley, Jonathan Stranks - won World titles in their respective categories.

British Gymnastics Technical Director for Acrobatic Gymnastics Matei Todorov commented: “Put it this way: we came to Poland with representatives in only 3 out of the 5 disciplines and will return home with 2 Gold and 2 Silver medals (Won by the Women’s Trio Jennie Miller, Katherine Smith, Emma Walters, and in the team event, where GBR were behind Russia, but ahead of Ukraine, USA, China and Belarus.)”

“This is by far the best World Championships result achieved by our athletes since I was appointed 23 years ago, and is the best present I could have received before my retirement. The only dream I have left now, is to see Acrobatic Gymnastics included in the Olympic programme,” added Todorov.

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