Ilkeston gymnast all set for America

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An Ilkeston girl needs to raise £1,300 after qualifying for a gymnastics world championship in America.

Kiera Warhurst, 12, who attends Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy, will be representing her club, Mickleover Gymnastics, at the IAIGC World Championships in Florida along with fellow club members Ceri Amison, 13, Millie Thomas, 11, and Amelia Finnegan, 11, all from Mickleover.

The four girls will be competing on bars, beam, floor and vault in the women’s artistic discipline in different categories which include bronze, diamond and silver.

But first each girl needs to raise £1,300 to cover the costs of flights and accommodation while they are in America from June 24 to July 3.

Kiera said: “I’ve already held a tombola and a guess the teddy’s name competition at my gymnastics club and I’m hoping to do some fundraising events in school too. My mum is going to create a Justgiving page for me too.”

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

She raised £230, which will be split between the Little Princess Trust and the gymnastics trip. The hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs for children who suffer hair loss due to cancer treatment.

Kiera said she was really excited to have been selected for the competition.

She said: “We didn’t find out our scores from the qualifying competition until we were back at our clubs so it was great to hear that I was through. I came first on the vault.

“My coach puts in a lot of hard work so it’s nice for her and for my mum because she spends a lot of time taking me and my younger sister to gymnastics. She’s really excited too.”

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

Clive Mason, head coach at Mickleover Gymnastics Club, said: “Kiera was gradually nurtured and encouraged to develop new gymnastics skills. I wish all the girls every success.”

Anyone who would like to support the girls can contact Keira’s mum, Gina, on