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Dynamo Gymnastics Club based at Hamble are celebrating a bronze medal for one of their gymnasts in the Women’s World Team Artistic Championships in Glasgow.
Dynamo gymnast Kelly Simm was a key member of the amazing team that achieved the first ever team medal by a Great Britain Women’s Gymnasts team. Kelly splits her training between the National Centre and the Dynamo gymnastics facility, based in Hamble, that enables her to train in a top class facility and reach the high standard required to achieve World Medals.
Dynamo Coach Debbie Richardson said "We have been moving up the ranks again and enjoying the participation of hundreds of children all benefitting from the fantastic facilities at the club. Since the extension in 2012, the number of medals and trophies has rocketed. The club are supported by Eastleigh Borough Council and without their support and expertise the borough would not be able to offer such opportunities for the local children, together we are a winning team!" She added “The team at Dynamo have enjoyed sharing the preparations preceding Kelly's selection for the Team and will be celebrating when Kelly and her coaches return to the Hamble club.”
In 2012, the Council worked with Dynamo to secure £220,000 from British Gymnastics, and £157,000 from Eastleigh Borough Council to extend the facility. Dynamo School of Gymnastics is a club for everyone and as well as elite development, they work closely with local schools, pre-school and recreational gymnasts and also supporting and developing local coaches and volunteers.
The new extension allowed for more pre-school gymnastics work and school sessions to take place in the daytime and even more gymnastics in the evenings for all levels to train simultaneously. The two-storey extension includes a viewing gallery, extended vault run-off area and a dedicated hall for pre-school children.
Photo caption - Kelly Simm (far left) with the World Championship bronze medal winning team