Slideshow: Gymnast, ten, vaults into first place in national competition

A TEN-YEAR-OLD from Horsham has become a national gymnastics champion after vaulting her way through a nationwide competition.

Meilitsa Abram-Foster, of Highdown Way, was awarded the title ‘National grade seven champion’ after competing in Birmingham on Sunday.

JPCT 17-04-12 Meilitsa Abram, 10, won first prize a a national gymnastics competition. Leatherhead and Dorking Gymnastics Club, coaches Becki (with an 'i') Williams and Alicia Redgwell  S12160852a - photo by Steve Cobb

JPCT 17-04-12 Meilitsa Abram, 10, won first prize a a national gymnastics competition. Leatherhead and Dorking Gymnastics Club, coaches Becki (with an 'i') Williams and Alicia Redgwell S12160852a - photo by Steve Cobb

As well as winning an individual gold medal, Meilitsa was awarded with a joint silver medal after the south-east regional team, that she entered with, came second in the whole competition.

In the grade seven group, competitors must be at least ten years old, meaning that Meilitsa was one of the youngest in the group of 48 gymnasts. Meilitsa trains for 21 hours a week at the Leatherhead and Dorking gymnastics club under coaches Becki Williams and Alicia Redgwell.

Meilitsa’s mum, Dawn, 38, said that she thinks her daughter’s hard work has been ‘amazing’.

She said: “21 hours a weeks is a massive commitment for a ten year old but she loves it.

JPCT 17-04-12 Meilitsa Abram, 10, won first prize a a national gymnastics competition. Leatherhead and Dorking Gymnastics Club, S12160810a - photo by Steve Cobb

JPCT 17-04-12 Meilitsa Abram, 10, won first prize a a national gymnastics competition. Leatherhead and Dorking Gymnastics Club, S12160810a - photo by Steve Cobb

“She had to complete routines on four different pieces of equipment: floor, beam, vault and bars. Her highest scoring piece was bars where she scored a massive 13.00.”

The aspiring gymnast has been involved in gymnastics since she was four-years-old. Her ambition is to qualify as a British elite gymnast and eventually represent Great Britain,” Dawn said.

Every region in the UK had a regional competition earlier this year and the top four gymnasts from each region went on to compete in the annual national competition held at the Cocks Moor Leisure Centre, Birmingham.