Gymnast wins silver at British finals

Sport Priestley gymnast Charlotte Kerboas picked up a silver medal at the weekend after a finely-balanced performance at the Acrobatic IDP British Finals.

Charlotte finished second in the Women’s Group competition with her teammates Hannah Guerin and Emma Green.

They were representing the North West and were only beaten by the North’s number one team.

“We weren’t disappointed about finishing second because the other team could definitely have been performing at a higher level of competition,” said Charlotte.

The trio have only been practising together since August, but despite that came through with an impressive two-minute routine at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex.

They had to produce a series of three tariffed moves linked by some dynamic choreography.

Charlotte faced her toughest moment of the performance during the first balance section.

“I was about to fall over and had to fight to keep hold of it,” she said. “I got cramp in my toes, but I told myself ‘I am not falling today’.”

Charlotte started gymnastics when she was seven after giving it a go with a friend and discovering she had a talent for it.

The former Lowton High School student is studying PE, Architecture and Applied Science at Priestley College. She hopes to go into coaching after finishing her studies.

Her next step in gymnastics, however, is to qualify for the British finals again next year.

“We’ve got the prelims in March and maybe it will be a gold medal next time,” she said.

Head of Sport Priestley Nigel Howells, who also teaches Charlotte, said everyone in the cohort was proud of her achievement.

“It’s always a great moment when one of our own is successful on the national stage,” he said.

“We wish Charlotte well for her future in the sport and with her belief I am certain the team can win gold next year.”

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