KING Edmund Gym Club is celebrating one of the proudest and happiest days in our long and distinguished history after striking gold at the World Games in Colombia.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning we learned that 16-year-old Shanie-Redd Thorne, from Yate, and 14-year-old Danielle Jones, from neighbouring Chipping Sodbury, had seen off severe challenges from second-placed Ukraine and bronze-medallists Belarus, to capture the star prize in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd at the Cali arena.

It is the first time a Great Britain acrobatic gymnastics team has won a gold medal at the games, while for Shanie-Redd, the success was particularly poignant as her older sister Maiken, while also a King Eddies performer a few short years back, was a bronze medallist at the World Games in Taiwan in 2009 in partnership with Mollie Grehan.

King Eddies club director Mark Thorne, who was there in Columbia with wife and coach Nikki Thorne to watch the girls steal the show, said: “It truly was a rollercoaster of emotions. For two sisters to have won medals at consecutive World Games is amazing and we’re all feeling very proud.

“The training facilities at the new Yate International Gymnastics Centre, and King Edmund Gym Club’s coaches, all played their part in this marvellous success story.”

More reaction to this fantastic news from King Eddies GC can be found here and in the local media over the next few days so watch this space!