Spring of support for acclaimed gymnastics club


World champion gymnasts are urging the region’s children to drink tap water and spring into shape.

Clearly displaying the benefits of a healthy lifestyle themselves, the world class display team from Deerness Valley Gymnastics Club in Durham are tumbling, flipping and springing to promote the ‘water for health messages’ in a supporting partnership with Northumbrian Water.

Karl Wharton, head coach, said: “We’ve teamed up with Northumbrian Water because we appreciate just how important hydration is to sporting stars and success.

“Our girls and boys know that drinking plenty of water helps them to perform better and they’re passing on the message loud and clear to other youngsters in the north east.”

The gymnastics club is currently in training for the British Championships in March 2011 which are used as a selection process for the European Championships. Coaches at the club are hoping around 15 of the children from the north east based club will be selected for the Great Britain team and represent their country in Bulgaria 2011.

Jane Morland, corporate responsibility team leader at Northumbrian Water, added: “These kids are fantastic gymnasts. They are ranked second in the world as a team and could rival last year’s Britain’s Got Talent winners, Spellbound.

“It’s clear their hard work, dedication and healthy lifestyles have paid off. We’re delighted to be supporting them and wish them every success at the upcoming British Championships.”

Drinking plenty of water can help:
• concentrate better and make your brain more efficient (13% more)
• stay healthy
• have healthier skin and fresher breath
• feel fresh and more alert
• perform better at exercise and sports
• prevent headaches and dizziness.

Lack of water (dehydration) can lead to:
• tiredness
• headaches
• difficulty concentrating
• unhealthy skin and hair
• smelly breath
• health problems
• not performing to the best of your ability at sports.

‘Tap in to’ is water bottled by Northumbrian Water to promote drinking tap water for a healthy life. The bottles are available to charity groups and not for profit groups for outdoor events. For more information go to www.nwl.co.uk/waterforhealth.aspx.

For more information call Philippa Clark, communications advisor, on 0191 301 5538 or 07970 897 756 or email Philippa.clark@nwl.co.uk.

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