Female Gymnast on Balance Beam

News 2019

What a night as Head Coach Debra Courtenay-Crane heads to BBC Sports Personality awards

December 15th 2019


Head Coach Debra Courtenay-Crane headed to Aberdeen to appear live on stage as one of the fifteen regional winners of the BBC Sports Personality of the year Unsung Heroes.

As part of the celebration weekend, Debra got to walk down the red carpet and meet lots of sporting celebrities, such as Tanni Grey Thompson and Gary Lineker, as well as the other incredibly inspiring finalists for the Unsung Heroes award. It was an experience she will never forget and as a club we are all so very proud of her achievements and her decades of voluntary work for Carterton Gymnastic Club that have now been recognised.

Success for Elite and County Squads at Oxfordshire Two Piece Competition

November 3rd 2019


Gymnasts from Carterton's Elite Squad and County Squad came away with medals from the Oxfordshire Two Piece Competition at Berinsfield on Sunday.

Baileigh Harwood, Emily Whittaker and Anabel Kelly represented Carterton's elite squad and all performed well, with Baileigh winning gold on Beam, and Anabel being awarded the prestigious competition plate for her outstanding artistry on floor.

The county team had much to celebrate too with a number of impressive performances. Grace Goldthorpe came first on beam, with Lily John coming second on beam and third on bars. Niamh Kelly came first on both floor and vault and Nia Foggett came first on beam and third on bars.

Congratulations to all the girls for your great performances.

Marge A Big Hit When Three Generations Of Carterton Gymnasts Are Invited Onto GMTV

August 15th 2019


It was a proud day for Carterton Gymnastic Club when 80 year old gymnast Margorie Scholes appeared on GMTV with her daughter Claire and granddaughter Natasha, all gymnasts with the club. Majorie had recently won silver for her floor routine at the British Championships at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in August and became  a real hit on the show with her positivity and obvious love of gymnastics. She had only taken up gymnastics at the age of 76, inspired by her family, and supported by head coach Debra Courtenay-Crane. We are all very proud of her achievements and she is a wonderful role model for our gymnasts of all ages and abilities.

Adult Squad Achieves Outstanding Results At British Championships

August 4th 2019


Carterton Gymnastic Club’s thriving adult squad achieved outstanding results at the British Championships last weekend, at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Telford.


Adult competitors – British Championships results

Colin Rigby over 45s came 2nd overall

Kate Dela over 30s came 2nd overall 

Marge Scholes 80 years old came 2nd on floor

Angela Money over 45s came 5th overall 

Angela Bywater over 30s came 11th on beam out of 24 

Georgina Money and Claire Granville first ever acrobatic competition came 7th out of 12 in the dynamic piece

Rebecca Rigby over 18s came 14th out of 30 on beam

Danielle Rigby over 18s came 18th out of 30 on bars


Head coach Debra Courtenay-Crane said “I was ecstatic when two of our adult gymnasts came in second at the British Championships, and incredibly proud that our eldest gymnast, Marge Scholes age 80, achieved 2nd place on floor”. Debra was also presented with the British Gymnastics, Pat English Lifetime Achievement Trophy, which rounded off a wonderful weekend for the club.



L-R Back - Marge Scholes, Natasha Granville, Georgina Money, Debbie Courtenay-Crane, Claire Granville, Angela Money, Colin Rigby

L-R Front - Kate Dela, Carly Beaver, Rebecca Rigby, Danielle Rigby, Angela Bywater

West Oxfordshire District Council give fundraising a big boost with £47,090 grant

June 20th 2019


We are very excited to announce that West Oxfordshire District Council have awarded us £47,090 towards our fundraising total for our new venue 'The Vault'.  This has provided a big boost to our fundraising efforts and we are working hard on raising the rest of our target. If you can help, or know anyone who can, please contact us.

Gymnasts cake sale raises £72.51 towards our fundraising target

April 29th 2019


Our wonderful gymnasts have been working hard and coming up with some fabulous fundraising ideas. Lots of gymnasts have been filling smarties tubes with money they have raised by doing chores for family and friends, and one gymnast Lilly-May, helped by Emilia, Annabelle, Jess and Amelia, organised a cake sale at their school that raised an amazing £72.51. Lilly-May put posters up, made chocolate tiffin and brownies and got her grandparents to make chocolate cake and muffins. The girls were helped by a number of parents who made cakes for the stall. A huge thank you to all of you.

2019 Club Championships a huge success!

August 4th 2019


Saturday 30th March saw over 120 of our gymnasts competing at our annual club championships, cheered on by a large crowd of parents and carers as well as grandparents and friends. The day provided a real celebration of all the hard work our gymnasts put in throughout the year, as they competed for medals on the bars, beam, floor and vault. Special awards were also given out, and the audience and gymnasts were treated to a special demonstration of two acrobatic gymnastics routines by Claire and George, as well as Kate performing her wonderful floor routine.

During the event, Head Coach Debra Courtenay-Crane announced our new fundraising campaign which aims to raise £370,000 to get us into a wonderful new facility later this year.

The club had received lots of generous items for the raffle, raising £338, and a beautiful cake was auctioned off for £21.  Gymnasts were able to buy commemorative t-shirts, listing all the gymnasts names on the back and everyone enjoyed a wonderful selection of refreshments throughout the day. In total we raised £1400 towards our new gymnastics facility, as well as inspiring several donations and raising awareness of our campaign.

Carterton Gymnastic Club would like to thank all the parents and volunteers who made the day such a success and all our gymnasts for their hard work and wonderful attitude.

BBC Sports Personality Awards - Unsung Heroes

December 2019


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 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.

Massive £100,000 boost to fundraising from Sport England

October 1st 2019


Carterton Gymnastic Club are proud to have been awarded a massive grant of £100,000 from Sport England towards the creation of a new high level gymnastic facility for the club within Carterton. The facility will provide the opportunity for many more people across Oxfordshire and surrounding counties to access the sport of gymnastics. Sport England recognised the clubs ambitions to create a facility that promotes equality, diversity and inclusion and will strive to provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. With the help of Sport England and the club's other donors and supporters, the new facility, named 'The Vault' is expected to open in spring 2020. More details can be found on the fundraising page. If you can help with our fundraising target, please do get in touch.

Head Coach Wins Prestigious British Gymnastics Award

August 4th 2019


The future looks bright for the gymnasts at Carterton Gymnastics Club. After decades of operating from a school hall, a dedicated group of parents has worked tirelessly with head coach Debra Courtenay-Crane, securing funds to expand the club and move into a permanent gym.


Earlier this year the club was awarded investments from Sports England, West Oxfordshire District Council and Carterton Town Council which should enable it to move by early next year. To top up the funds the gymnasts themselves have been giving a helping hand with handstand competitions and a fun day of ‘breaking the rules’ when unruly hair and tutus replaced the neat buns and leotards the club is renowned for.


But it doesn’t stop there and last weekend the club celebrations reached new heights. Not only did the adult squad achieve outstanding results at the British Championships, the club's long-standing head coach Debra Courtenay-Crane was recognised for her 25 years’ commitment and dedication to community gymnastics by being presented with the Pat English Lifetime Achievement trophy. Debra, who is known for coaching well over 1,000 children during her career, has taken gymnasts to the Commonwealth Games and most recently a world championship in Orlando, USA.


Debra said “I was blown away to receive the lifetime achievement award – I could not have done it without the hard work and passion of the gymnasts and coaches that work with me”.


The club is continuing to fundraise hard for the new facility and look forward to a bright new future in the permanent gym they deserve.

Carterton Gymnastic Club excels at 2019 Oxfordshire County Competition

June 30th 2019


Carterton Gymnastics Club excelled at this year’s county level competition with many of its youngest gymnasts bringing back medals.

All Gymnasts competed on Vault, Bar, Beam and Floor. In the level 6 Open Under 11, Baileigh Harwood did the club proud leading the score board to win the gold medal and other team members put in a fabulous performance with Olivia Walters achieving bronze and Nia Foggett and Niamh Kelly placing 4th and 6th respectively.

In the Level 6 Open 12 and over - Tia Carter came first on both Vault and Floor, winning her the silver medal closely followed by fellow squad  member Grace Goldthorpe, who placed 1st on beam who achieved the bronze medal.

Also competing were Emilia Marsham, Level 5 IA, placed 5th overall. In the level 5, OOA Juniors Anabel Kelly placed 4th, Emily Whittaker 5th and Chloe Mills 6th.  Senior squad members, competing at level 4 OOA were Isabel Norris placed 5th and Evie Daft placed 6th.

The gymnasts were supported by head coach Debra Courtenay-Crane, together with Angela Bywater and Vickey Blisset, who along with the many parents that attended the event, were extremely proud of the girls’ results.

Squad members represent Carterton at Southern Regional Finals in Southampton

April 27th 2019


Three of Carterton Gymnastic Club's talented squad did the club proud this weekend in the Southern Regional Finals at Dynamo Gymnastics Club in Southampton.

Emilia Marshman represented Carterton at grade 6 and came 10th overall with an excellent performance on beam.  Emily Whittaker represented the club at grade 5, and also came 10th with a solid performance and Isabel Norris, competing at grade 2, came 5th overall, achieving silver on bars and 5th place on beam and in range and conditioning.

Fundraising for our new facility begins!

March 30th 2019


Our annual club championships also saw the launch of our brand new fundraising campaign.  We are aiming to raise almost £400,000 to alter and kit out our exciting new facility, which will include a large gymnasium, a smaller second gymnasium and a café space.

This new venue will allow us to offer not only more recreational gymnastics, but also additional  classes for pre-schoolers and recreational adults as well as other sports such as martial arts, free running, pilates and dance.

We are hoping to be in and training later this year, so have a short time to raise the funds we need. If you can help with a donation, or in any other way, please see our fundraising page.

A great day for Carterton at 2019 Oxfordshire Grading Competition

March 24th 2019


Five squad gymnasts competed in the Oxfordshire Grading Competition in Abingdon on the 23rd  March and all passed their grades.

Isabel Norris aged 14 passed her Grade 2 with an impressive collection of 5 medals, coming second overall. Anabel Kelly aged 8 competed in her first competition, passed her Grade 5 with a commendation and came first on the Range and Conditioning. Chloe Mills aged 8 had a confident competition, winning silver on the beam and bronze on Range and Conditioning. She also passed her Grade 5 with a commendation. Emily Whittaker aged 8 had a good clean all round day.  She also picked up a bronze on the beam, came 5th overall and passed her Grade 5 with a commendation. The youngest member of the Team, Emilia Marshman aged 7, was competing for the first time.  She passed her Grade 6 with a distinction, received 4 medals and came first overall.

The coaches, Debra Courtenay-Crane, Maddy Crossley, Rebecca Rigby, Vicky Blissett and Eabha Morris were extremely proud of the team. 

Emilia, Emily and Isabel will be representing the Club and County at the South Region Finals in April 2019.

at level 6.