HARD-WORKING young gymnasts at Tarka Gymnastics in Barnstaple were able to welcome back one of their own during their in house tournament on Sunday. Presenting the cups and medals at the annual Tarka Challenge were Braunton s Lydia Cross and her sister

HARD-WORKING young gymnasts at Tarka Gymnastics in Barnstaple were able to welcome back one of their own during their in house tournament on Sunday.

Presenting the cups and medals at the annual Tarka Challenge were Braunton's Lydia Cross and her sister Milly.

Lydia is a proud member of the Tarka gym despite losing both her legs to meningitis when aged two. She has only just been able to attend again after a six month lay off to recover from her latest operation and was at the gym in her official capacity as a patron for the Help for Heroes charity, for which she and her family have so far raised around £17,000.

Sunday's event was a recreational contest and aimed at those who attend the Barbican Industrial estate gym for one to two hours a week.

Head coach Phil Woodcock said a great blend of talent and skill had been on display thanks to the students' hard work and the coaches' expertise.

Lydia's parents Jodie and Tony think the Tarka club is amazing: "The club is very inclusive and they have a lovely attitude to people there, it's all about the fun and enjoyment of it, as the children are learning but still having a good time too."

Find out more about the club at www.tarkagymnastics.co.uk.