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Artistic Gymnastics

Achievements to date

  • 2014 - Awarded the Master Gymnast 2 and Master Gymnast 3 Awards by the London Womens Technical Committee
  • 2014 - Level 2 Compulsory British Champion
  • 2013 - Being selected for GB Squad
  • 2013 - Level 3 Voluntary British Champion
  • 2013 - Alpha Factor national comp winner
  • 2012 - Level 4 London Regional Champion

Sky is an 11 year old elite Women’s Artistic Gymnast, which means she competes on four apparatus – the floor, beam, vault, and bars. She has been a keen gymnast since she was 5 years old, when she started going to a small after school club and was soon told by the coaches there that she had potential and should consider trialling for a squad at a competitive gymnastics club. Sky was then spotted again when she went to a gymnastics fun day at The Meapa in Gravesend and asked to join their mini squad. Training started at 7 hours a week, which we thought at the time was a lot, but this soon increased and she now trains 25 hours a week at the Europa Centre in Crayford with coaches Rochelle Douglas and David-Roy Wood. She is working towards competing internationally when she is old enough next year, and her ultimate goal would be to represent Britain at world level competitions.

Sky is two times British Champion for two consecutive years, and is now a member of the Great Britain national squad where she trains with the national coaches at Lilleshall, the national sports training centre, several times throughout the year.

Sky was recently featured in world famous Olympic Photographer Eileen Langsley’s book “British Gymnastics The Face of The Future”, and appeared on the opening credits for the coverage of the Common Wealth games last year. Sky has also modelled in the latest Quatro leotards catalogue and showcased their collection on the catwalk of the launch evening for their new line.

Most memorable sporting achievement to date

My most memorable achievement was definitely when I first won a national competition and became level 3 champion, I felt so proud and thankful to my coaches for supporting me!

Biggest sporting disappointment to date

At the moment I am currently injured. I suffered a hamstring injury preparing for my level 2 national finals, I pushed through and still won, but then wasn’t able to train on my leg for 6 months. I just recovered from this when I started getting problems in my elbow, and then the doctors told me I have quite a bad condition and I’m just waiting to find out if I need surgery to recover. It’s really frustrating because I just want to get back on with my training! It has helped me improve on other areas of training though, as I’ve had to work a lot of different moves on beam and floor that just don’t involve using my arms!

Most respected sportsperson

I love Romanian Gymnast Nadia Comaneci. I’ve read her autobiography and love watching clips of her on YouTube

Ritual before sporting competition

On the night before a competition I always go to sleep with my legs tight and straight and my toes pointed because I want to make sure they stay straight for the competition! Also on the day of competitions my mum always prepares me a special breakfast!

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