Trampolinist Catling to represent the East Midlands
A Rutland trampolinist is somersaulting to new heights after being selected to represent the East Midlands.
Lucy Catling, 16, from Cottesmore, will represent the East Midlands Region at the Regional Finals to be held at the East of England Showground on the weekend of May 30.
To qualify for this event, the top two gymnasts from competitions in February and March who attained a score of over 45.0 went through.
New College Stamford student Catling came first in both competitions in the NDP level 4 category with scores of 50.9 and 47.7.
She is the only competitor from Peterborough based trampoline club Aero Kinetics to achieve this.
She is now going to Northampton for training sessions as well as Werrington.
Catling began trampolining at the age of two attending a Funbouncing session at Market Deeping for 2-4 year-olds, where her coach saw great potential in her.
When she started at Bourne Abbey Primary she then joined a class at Bourne Leisure Centre and at seven years of age entered into her first competition against children from Grantham Leisure Centre which she won with ease.
At eight years old Catling joined Aero Kinetics where she went from strength to strength, competing and winning her first club competition in the Under 9s category.
She then progressed very quickly with the help of head coach Ann Gladders and Brian McGeeney, collecting trophies and medals in each competition she entered.
She was then picked to join the Lincolnshire County Squad, training at Lincoln in addition to her training sessions at Werrington and represented Lincolnshire in 2013 and 2014 in the Hans Christian Anderson Games in Denmark.
During those competitions she competed against athletes from Canada, South Africa and Denmark, qualifing for the finals in 2013, coming a very respectable seventh position.
Catlin is dreaming big and her ambition is to be a national standard gymnast.