Ilkeston gymnast all set for championships in Florida

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An Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy student is making a final fundraising push as she prepares to take part in a World Championship gymnastics competition in America.

Kiera Warhurst, 12, of Ilkeston, and three friends from Mickleover Gymnastics, in Derby, will fly out to Florida on June 24th 2016 to compete at the IAIGC World Championships in Florida.

The girls – Kiera, Ceri Amison, 13, Millie Thomas, 11, and Amelia Finnegan, 11, will be taking part in the bars, beam, floor and vault in the Women’s Artistic discipline in different categories which include Bronze, Diamond and Silver.

In total they have raised around £3,000 but they still need to find £900 each to cover the remaining costs of flights and accommodation for the 10-day trip.

So far they have sold food at a Saturday morning kitchen and held a sleepover, both at their gymnastics club, organised a film night, held a guess the name of the teddy competition and several raffles.

A tug-of-war competition was held at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy and the group has set up a Go Fund Me page https://www.gofundme.com/25z6c3fw

Specsavers has made a donation and the girls’ tracksuit and kit has been sponsored by Glynn and Julie Andrews from Trailer Service and Repair Ltd.

Kiera’s sister Tia, eight, also got in on the act as she was sponsored to have her long hair cut and raised £230.

Kiera said everyone was thrilled with the amount they had raised but there was still more work to do.

She said: “We’ve worked really hard to raise more than £3,000 between us but we still need to raise more. I would like to thank Glynn and Julie from Trailer Service and Repair Ltd for kindly sponsoring our kit.

“We are all getting excited about going now and we’ve been training four times a week for about 12 hours.

“When we are there we will be training and competing most days but we do have two free days and we are planning a trip to SeaWorld.”

Kiera took up gymnastics at the age of seven, taking part in local competitions before joining Mickleover Gymnastics Club.

Dave Smith, Principal at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy, wished Kiera luck in the competition.

He said: “Kiera and her friends have obviously been working hard to raise the money they need to go to America and we hope that they can reach their target. Taking part in this competition will be a fantastic opportunity for Kiera and we would like to wish the whole group the best of luck.”

Anyone who would like to support the girls can contact her mum, Gina, by emailing her on sgwarhurst@ntlworld.com.