We are very proud of our club and the welcoming family atmosphere that exists. Now we are incredibly excited to be able to take our gymnastics provision to a new level in our purpose built facility, The Vault. Head coach Debra Courtenay–Crane built up Carterton Gymnastic Club over the past 30 years to where it is today and remains Head Coach and Director of The Vault. We are now able to offer a wide range of gymnastics disciplines, from artistic girls and boys to rhythmic and acrobatic, as well as preschool, disability and adult. Our High Performance Coach is supported by a network of amazing coaches, helpers and judges, along with our fantastic team of volunteers working hard behind the scenes.
The Vault is not just a gymnastics club; it is a positive, inclusive hub for sports and recreation, offering dance and exercise classes and a space that can be used flexibly to suit our communities needs.
Our aim is to offer members of our community the opportunity to be the best they can be, through sport and exercise, in a safe and friendly environment.
The Club is affiliated to British Gymnastics, Oxfordshire and Southern region. We are also proud to be a Gymmark accredited club. Carterton Gymnastic Club CIC aligns itself with the British Gymnastics Equality Policy. Please click here to view the full policy.
Director & L5 Coach
BBC Sports Personality Awards - Unsung Heroes
In December 2019 our wonderful Head Coach Debra Courtenay-Crane was announced as South Region winner of the BBC Sports Personality Unsung Hero award 2019. We are all so proud of her, and enjoyed watching her live on stage at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards show in Aberdeen, alongside the other 14 regional winners. We all know how fantastic she is, but it is wonderful to see her decades of dedication to the club and gymnastics formally recognised. The trophy was presented to Debra by former Carterton and Commonwealth gymnast Katie Slader.
2 TIMES WINNER
West Oxfordshire District Council
COACH OF THE YEAR
3 TIMES WINNER
West Oxfordshire District Council
CLUB OF THE YEAR
PAT ENGLISH TROPHY 2019
Commonwealth Games, Manchester 2002 & Melbourne 2006
Debra Courtenay-Crane trained Katie Slader, who competed for the National Northern Ireland Squad in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, at Carterton Gymnastic Club. She was just 14 years old and came 15th overall, 7th on beam, and 8th on floor, competing for all 3 days.
Four years later, Katie was back at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, once again representing the National Northern Ireland Squad and coached by Debra Courtenay-Crane. This was an amazing experience and was the second trip to Australia for both Katie and Debra within 6 months to compete for two different countries.
World Championships Melbourne 2005
Katie Slader, still coached by Debra at Carterton, competed for Ireland this time and had an unforgettable experience.
European and Northern European Championship
Our gymnasts competed many times in these competitions throughout the world. Katie Slader was Northern European champion in 2004.
Katie Slader competed in the British Championships for a number of years. At the age of 9, she was invited into the British Squad. Two other Carterton gymnasts, Chiara McKee and Natalie Wathes, have also qualified for and competed at the British Championships.
World Gymnastics Championships in Orlando 2016
Amie Cooper came to us in January 2016 looking for a coach to take her to the Worlds in Orlando. We decided that this would be a wonderful opportunity for her, and invited her to join our Club. She worked extremely hard over 6 months, and competed admirably in Orlando. Wonderful experience, wonderful memories.
Adult squad, aged 19 to 80, regularly compete in the Region and Country
We have a number of British Champions in the Adults Squad; Kate Dela, Colin Rigby and Marge Scholes.
Representatives in 4 National Squads - Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland
We have also supported one of our gymnasts, who moved out of the area, to be part of the Scottish National Squad. Emma White competed in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006, and was in the same group as Katie Slader for Northern Ireland.