Young gymnast wins England call-up

TIMELY ADVICE --  Katy with her coach, Claire Starkey, at the English Championships.
TIMELY ADVICE -- Katy with her coach, Claire Starkey, at the English Championships.
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A STUNNING start to the new gymnastics season has been enjoyed by Hucknall starlet Katy Bramley, culminating in her winning selection for England.

The 13-year-old, who is one of Britain’s best young gymnasts, has ambitions of competing on the world’s biggest sporting stage — the Olympic Games.

She has taken a major step in her progression by securing a spot in the England squad as one of eight juniors picked from around the country.

Katy will undergo a series of assessments at Aldershot later this month and then hopes to compete in international competitions.

Mum Sue said: “Knowing Katy is in the squad is fantastic. She has done tremendously well.

“But now she has to work hard to stay there because it is a cut-throat sport. She has to be a real team-player.”

The selection for England is the latest highlight in a brilliant opening to the season for Katy, who is back to her best and fully fit after a year plagued by injury in 2010.

In February, she took part in the junior section of the English Championships and finished in a creditable sixth place, despite competing against more experienced rivals up to the age of 15.

Her best performance came on vault and overall, her display put her in the frame for the England squad.

Katy, who is a member of Nottinghamshire Gymnastics Club (GC), also took part in the British Schools Championship last Sunday as a member of a six-strong East Midlands squad.

The competition at Newcastle comprised ten teams of gymnasts, aged up to 18, and the East Midlands girls, all of whom were from Nottinghamshire GC, topped the podium.

Sue added: “She has had a great start to this season. We just hope it continues and she stays fit and in form.”