Lottie Smith, aged 14, has just finished a very successful gymnastics season competing for both her club and her school. She has won 14 medals and five trophies during a six week period.
Lottie trains 24 hours a week at Huntingdon Gymnastics Club where she is coached by Monica Desalermos and Paul Hall MBE, who also coaches Louis Smith MBE. She is a Year 10 pupil at Stamford High School.
The season began with the Cambridgeshire County Championships where she competed in the FIG (elite) Junior category.
She gained the silver medal on vault and bars and gold on floor and beam.
She won the overall FIG Junior gold medal when all of her scores were added together and because she had the highest overall total at the highest level at the competition, she was crowned overall Cambridgeshire County Champion.
Lottie was then in action for her school team at the Independent Schools National Two Piece Championships where she won the Over 13 age group with a score of 19.5 out of 20, and also helped her team to win the gold.
Next was the East Region Championships which featured all of the East region’s top clubs.
The East region is renowned for being one of the strongest regions in the country.
Lottie competed in the FIG Junior category where she won gold on all four pieces of apparatus and gold overall. She was then awarded a special trophy for having the highest overall score of the regional championships. Her team from Huntingdon also won the silver medal in the team event.
Finally she competed in The Quatro Cup in Wiltshire which is a national invitational competition.
Lottie competed particularly well on the bars where she gained the highest score of the day and she finished in second place overall.
All of this marks an end to a very successful junior year for Lottie. Her main achievement was a sixth place finish on the bars at the prestigious British Junior Championships which were held in the Echo Arena in Liverpool last March.
Lottie will now focus on upgrading her skills ready for next year when she will compete in the FIG senior age category.