GYMNASTICS: Grantham’s Phoebe fourth at British Championships

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A Grantham schoolgirl is taking giant leaps forward in the Olympic sport of rhythmic gymnastics.

In her latest success, Phoebe Collins claimed a magnificent fourth place overall for her age group in the British Championships with her rope, ball, hoop and freestyle routine.

Phoebe, a student at Walton Girls’ High School, won through to the championships at Fenton Manor, near Stoke on Trent, after taking gold in the East Midlands Regional Championships.

Phoebe, who competes in the under-12 category, is also a competitive disco freestyle dancer and has won several awards in the discipline.

Rhythmic gymnastics gives dance enthusiasts like Phoebe the chance to build routines around their favourite music using apparatus such as ribbons, ropes, clubs and balls.

The elegant spectacle is one of the most popular Olympic sports in several European and Asian countries and is a great way to develop creativity.

Walton Girls’ principal Christine Horrocks said: “Phoebe is an amazing gymnast and her friends and teachers at Walton are so proud of her achievements. We are all looking forward to watching Phoebe’s talent grow over the coming years.”