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VIDEO: Caitlin Williams eyes Great Britain call after passing the bar

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 25, 2014

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REPTON gymnast Caitlin Williams is on the cusp of a Great Britain call-up.

The 10-year-old finished 13th in the national elite competition, compulsory level two earlier this month, and is now accomplishing new, harder skills to compete at the national voluntary level two in November in Guildford, after which she will be considered for GB selection in artistic gymnastics.

At the event in Ipswich, Caitlin was ranked 13th after recording results on five pieces of apparatus, the best of which was the bars, where she came fourth overall.

Passing the elite level compulsory two also means that she will step up to the elite level compulsory one in 2015, becoming – along with fellow competitor Scarlett Williams – the first Derbyshire gymnasts to compete at that level.

Along with Chellaston’s Scarlett Williams, 11, Caitlin trains at Nottingham Gymnastics Academy alongside European champions Becky Downie and Ellie Downie, under the tutelage of coaches Jemma Wilson, Jo Miller and Claire Starkey.

Both girls train 27 hours a week – more time than they spend at school – and remain on the elite pathway, on track to progress to the British Championships next year.

Asked what her proudest moment was so far, Caitlin said: “Being the GB national bars champion at the level three national finals in November 2013.”

Next month, Caitlin will compete at an international event in Malta, where she won team and individual gold on the beam last year.

In September she will take part in the Bill Slater British Junior Team Championships.

Both Caitlin and Scarlett are looking for sponsors, and can be contacted collectively at caitlinandscarlett@yahoo.co.uk.

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