Young gymnastics star Amelie shows her age is no barrier
Twelve-year-old gets call up to the senior squad
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.
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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!”
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.