Gymnastics starlet vaults into the elite

Katy Bramley
Katy Bramley

OUTSTANDING Hucknall gymnast Katy Bramley has qualified for the high-profile British Championships in 2012.

The 14-year-old confirmed her spot after storming to victory in the prestigious British Junior Challenge Cup at the Rushmoor Gymnastics Academy at Aldershot.

Katy went into the competition needing an overall score in excess of 44 points to qualify for the British Championships and catapult herself into the elite category of national gymnasts.

She went on to smash this target by racking up 51.85 points — a combination of her scores on the individual apparatus of bars, beam, vault and floor.

The dedicated youngster, who has ambitions of one day competing at the Olympic Games, took the overall gold medal.

She also finished on top of the podium on bars (12.85 points) and beam (13.25). A silver medal was secured on vault (13.35), and she came home fourth in the floor discipline (12.40).

A beaming Katy was delighted with the success, although she is currently wearing a protective boot to protect her injury-plagued foot ahead of competitions in the New Year.

The British Championships are not until next July in Birmingham. But by securing qualification, Katy has capped another eventful year in her fledgling career.

In October, she won two medals — team silver and individual bronze on bars — while competing for England Juniors in the Rushmoor Rose Bowl contest also in Aldershot.