Gymnastics starlet scoops gold medal

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A rising young gymnast celebrated a victory after winning a gold medal in a national competition.

Twelve-year-old Amelia Holland, from Long Eaton, is now a tumbling champion after competing in the National Development Plan finals at the International Arena in Shropshire.

Amelia previously qualified for the nationals at the age of nine but suffered a serious knee injury a week before the competition final.

Tumbling combines some of the skills of artistic gymnastics on the floor with those of trampolining.

“It was nerve-racking,” the young gymnast said.

“But then I felt really happy and proud when I won.”

Sporty Amelia trains in gymnastics four times a week as well as cricket and athletics.

“I go to practice every day at 4.30pm after my homework,” she said.

“It’s difficult to balance with school but I really enjoy it.”

Amelia started performing gymnastics at the age of three with Erewash Valley Gymnastics and now has a total of 25 medals from various competitions and achievements.

The rising star’s grandmother, Tina Rider, spoke on behalf of relatives.

She said: “Her family wish her lots of luck for the future and we are very proud of her.”