A St Albans schoolgirl has recently been crowned regional and national champion in two separate gymnastic competitions.
Phoebe Peacock, 10, who is in Year 6 at Cunningham Hill Junior School, retained her regional title which sent her through to the national championships in Grade 3 which she won last month.
Speaking to StAlbansNews, her mum Deborah said it is “wonderful to watch” her daughter grow and succeed.
“She makes me super proud, it is wonderful to watch. She puts in so many hours of work and it is what she lives for. Her passion has been clear from a young age, it just makes me so happy to see her do well.”
After achieving a near on perfect score of 13.8 out of 14 in her range and conditioning exercise at the regionals, Phoebe also matched the highest ever score performed at the finals in that category.
Alongside the two gold medals won, Phoebe was part of the team who finished above the national teams of Ireland, Scotland and Wales which won them a silver medal.
Deborah, who is extremely supportive of her daughter’s goals and aspirations revealed Phoebe aims to be in the Great Britain squad at the Olympics one day.
“She is 100 per cent aiming for the GB squad,” said mum. “I don’t know what age you are allowed to represent Great Britain but as soon as she can she will go for it.
“My fingers are crossed for her and I hope she fulfils her dreams because she has the ability and the drive.”
Deborah explained how Phoebe first got into gymnastics through her older sisters and as a little girl she used to jump around the house doing splits and forward roles.
She said: “My two older daughters used to do gymnastics and she copied them from a young age. She then decided to try it out and within a couple of years she was spotted by someone from British Gymnastics and they advised me to get her into a club.
“Sapphire Gymnastics have really improved her and have got her to the place she’s at now. Her coach, Joe, has been amazing and has brought her on massively – she thinks the world of him.”
Deputy headteacher of Cunningham Hill Junior School, Matthew Tavender said everyone is super proud of Phoebe.
He said: “We are immensely proud of Phoebe and all she has achieved in gymnastics. She is a conscientious pupil who always strives to be the best she can be and is now reaping the rewards of her outstanding dedication and ability.”