Rick Astley joined by Head Coach Debra Courtenay-Crane and 2019 Unsung Heroes on Children in Need single

Since becoming a 2019 BBC Sports Personality Unsung Hero in December, Head Coach Debra, along with the other finalists, has been working with pop legend Rick Astley and numerous sports personalities to create an incredible single 'Every One Of Us'. It is a celebration of all these inspirational people and the strength that lies inside all of us. It also celebrates the launch of a brand new category for the 2020 Unsung Hero awards: The Captain Tom: Young Unsung Hero.  Watch the video, and get downloading to help raise money for such a great cause.

You can read more about Debra's amazing Unsung Hero journey below.

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.


Watch the 3 minute video here


British Gymnastics


award winner 2019


West Oxfordshire District Council



West Oxfordshire District Council


Commonwealth Games Manchester 2002 & Melbourne 2006

Katie Slader competed for the National Northern Ireland Squad in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.  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. This was an amazing experience and was the second trip to Australia within 6 months to compete for 2 Countries which was unforgettable.   

World Championships Melbourne 2005 

Katie Slader competed for Ireland this time.  Brilliant experience.

European and Northern European Championship

Our gymnasts competed many times in these competitions throughout the world.  Katie was Northern European champion in 2004.

British Championships

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 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 78, 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.