Junior British vaulters proved their worth earlier this month, securing a gold medal at the junior European championships.

Rebecca Norval and Andrew McLachlan won gold at the competition in Pezinok, Slovakia (1-5 August) topping the pas de deux championship.

Andrew also claimed a bronze in the individual male class.

“The medals won by Rebecca and Andrew were fantastic,” said Lucy Bell, chef d’equipe for the British teams.

“It is a direct reflection of how hard the team and support staff have worked to produce such great performances when it mattered.”

Rebecca and Andrew, from Clankmannanshire in Scotland, added: “We weren’t expecting it, we’re just completely and utterly dazzled but we’re so thrilled. We’ve been in the same team since 2008 and the pairs partnership has really formed from that team experience.”

Both British medals were won aboard Tylers Kernal, lunged by John Eccles, father of top British vaulter Joanne.