A fond farewell to retiring coaches

Wansbeck Gymnastics Club's farewell party to celebrate the retirement of coaches, Joan and Derick Turnbull and Diane Whitenstall.
Wansbeck Gymnastics Club's farewell party to celebrate the retirement of coaches, Joan and Derick Turnbull and Diane Whitenstall.

Wansbeck Gymnastics Club held a farewell party to celebrate the retirement of coaches Joan and Derick Turnbull and Diane Whitenstall.

They began volunteering at the club when their daughters joined as young gymnasts and have since gone on to coach hundreds local of children from Ashington and surrounding areas.

Club secretary Gina Robson said: “It was a very sad day for us all when they announced their retirement.

“For over 30 years they have dedicated hours of their time running this popular community club and supported our girls to perform in local and national competitions achieving some excellent results.”

New head coach at the club is Liz Naylor.

The club runs from Ashington Leisure Centre and offers recreational and competition squad opportunities to girls from the age of five.

Anyone wishing to join the club should contact Liz Naylor on 07843 675074 or email wansbeckgymnastics@gmail.com