Jake is British number one

DYKE HOUSE COLLEGE is proud to have a British tumbling champion in its ranks.


DYKE HOUSE COLLEGE is proud to have a British tumbling champion in its ranks.

Jake Wahab, a member of the Hartlepool Gymnastics Club, was celebrating going one better than last year by winning at the British Finals of the NDP Tumbling in Birmingham.

Wahab made the three-hour trip to compete in his third British Finals after claiming a second spot last year in the Level 4 competition.

After claiming first place in the semi-finals earlier in the year, he hoped that his nerves would hold out and that all the hard work he had put into his training would fall into place on the day.

Jake moved up a level and age group since his silver medal last year to the 15+ years Level 5 competition this year. 

Jake's first two tumbles were both faultless and going into the final round he had a clear lead of over three points from his nearest rival. 

Only a major fault could come between him and the gold medal but that didn't happen and he received the highest score again for his final run to win the competition by a clear 3.41 points and claim the gold medal to become the British Champion. 

His winning streak did not stop there.

Jake received the Gymnast of the Year trophy at his club for all of his great results during the year.  He also received Sports Person of the Year as well. 

His coach, Shelley Walton, said that all the coaches at the British Finals came over to say what a great ambassador he was for the club and how he was always encouraging the younger gymnasts. 

He has also recently started helping with the coaching of the younger development tumblers at the club and is always willing to help out at competitions and any of our fundraising events.