Young gym­nas­tics star Amelie shows her age is no bar­rier

Twelve-year-old gets call up to the se­nior squad

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m gold on the bars and beams, sil­ver on the floor and bronze on the vault, as well as fin­ish­ing over­all win­ner in her cat­e­gory – the women’s artis­tic espoir.

Proud mum Kate Mor­gan said: “Amelie is one of only two or three in her age group who has been se­lected for the se­nior Bri­tish squad and it means that ev­ery six weeks or so she goes up to Lille­shall to train with th the best gym­nasts in th the coun­try.

“She’s too young to ac ac­tu­ally com­pete at th the mo­ment, but from ne next year, she will be ab able to do so as a ju­nior.” ju

Amelie only got into gym­nas­tic­s­gym at the age of seven when her mummu took her and twin broth­er­bro Fin­lay, who was also at the English Cham­pi­onships,Cha down to Bea­cons­field-based ChilternChil Gym­nas­tics to burn off some en­ergy. She now has to fit an as­ton­ish­ing 26 hours of train­ing a week (with boys train­ing less, Finn ‘gets away’ with just 16) at Slough Gym­nas­tics Club around her school stud­ies, but it cer­tainly ap­pears to be pay­ing off.

Kate added: “Amelie has some quite dif­fi­cult moves in her rou­tine now. It looks easy when you’re watch­ing, but in re­al­ity they’re very dif­fi­cult. Moves like a re­lease and catch on the bars and a flick on the beam take real strength and brav­ery and can be quite scary to take on.

“She’ll be swing­ing around the bars and com­ing to a hand­stand stop, at which point the g-force will be seven times her own body­weight!”

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Fin­lay and his train­ing part­ner, Musa Sid­diqi, also aged 12, placed 33rd and 35th re­spec­tively in the U14s at the Cham­pi­onships, while Ellen Don­ald­son came 29th in her first year com­pet­ing as a ju­nior.

Amelie Mor­gan

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