The History of Leatherhead & Dorking Gymnastics Club
The club was founded.
1976: Gymnastics Club formed.
1975 - 1980: Established at temporary venue in Epsom.
A permanent home was constructed, making history in England, and success soon followed.
1980: Funding approved for the first purpose built club gymnastics facility in England and Alison Isles & Lilia White become Asymmetric Bars Champion at Wembley.
1981: New facility opens.
1981 - 1986: Club becomes established with young gymnasts becoming members of British Gymnastics under 12 and junior squads.
1982 - 1986: Success at Regional Championships - Team and Individual.
1984: Club became Regional Centre of Excellence - Sports Council Designated.
1987: Club establishes Scholarship link with Manor House School and with C&A Group. First Scholarship holder Emma Webber wins Thames TV Junior Gymnast of the Year at the Wembley Arena.
Vladimir Aksenov joins Leatherhead & Dorking from Moscow Dynamo - milestone appointment to a club in Great Britain - coach to World Olympic Champions
1988: Sarah Mercer becomes 1st in British Championship as 'Guest'
1989: Sarah Mercer becomes British Women's Champion she goes on to compete at the European Championships - Belgium and World School Games.
International competitive success, a new gymnasium is added.
1990: Sarah Mercer - World School Games - Sardinia - Team/Individual Medal.
1991: Sarah Mercer - European Championships - Greece.
1992: Emma Suckling - Selected for the European Championships - Sweden.
1993: Margaret Miler - International (Brevet) Judge Cycle 8 - represented Great Britain in International Competitions.
1993 - 1994: Karin Szymko - British Championships - Bronze Medal.
1993: Club wins Bronze Medal at British Teams Championship.
1994: Karin Szymko - England Commonwealth Games Team Gold Medal. Victoria, Canada and European Championships.
1994: Club opens second gymnasium.
1995: Karin Szymko - World Championships Sabae - Japan.
1997: Katy Lennon - British Espoire Junior Champion - plus three individual titles.
1999: World Student Games Championships.
2000 - 2009
Major extension to the gym facilities is completed and the elite teams see medal success in the Commonwealth Games and British Championships.
2001 - 2002: Louise Hill - 3 times World Student Games Championships, 3 times British Universities Champion.
2000: Club becomes British Gymnastics High Performance Centre.
2001: Katy Lennon competes in the World Championships. Sarah McRea - Disabled International in Ireland.
2002: Katy Lennon - England Commonwealth Games - Manchester - Team Silver Medal. British Championships - Vault - Gold Medal
2003: Katy Lennon - International Selection - appointed Great Britain Team Captain
2004: Katy Lennon - British Championships - Silver Medal. Katy Lennon - Olympic Games, Athens - Team Captain - overall finalist finishing in 21st place
2005: Planning permission granted for Club Extension
2008: New Gymnasium extension opened at a cost of £750,000