Let’s Go Guide is on the search for local little ones who have a talent
whether that’s in sport, art or education – we want to know!!
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Hi, I’m Emily. I’m a ten-year-old rhythmic gymnast from Kirkham & Wesham Primary School. I started classes at Ribby Hall in Wrea Green when I was seven years old.
I couldn’t even do a cartwheel or the splits. I have been competing for two years and in the last twelve months, I have made it onto the under 12’s England and Great Britain team.
To get a place on the teams you have to take a test at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire. This involves ballet, strength and conditioning and flexibility, you have to retest every year to keep
I train for 16 hours a week over six days with my teammates and amazing coach Ana Hanmer. Our lessons focus on flexibility, ballet, strength and conditioning and apparatus handling.
The apparatus are rope, ball, ribbon, hoop and clubs. I compete as an individual under 10 and part of an under 12’s group. So far this year as an individual I have placed 3rd in the North West and made it to the National Finals. My group has qualified for the British championships in June at Telford international arena, where we hope to be crowned British Champions.
The competitions are nerve-wracking at the start but when you get into it it’s a lot more exciting, plus you get to wear super sparkly leotards.
My Ribby Hall team is like family and I have made friends for life. I love rhythmic gymnastics and recommend it to everyone!
The Fylde Coast’s Ruby Russell is a force to be reckoned with. Her chosen sport is Tae Kwon-Do at which she is currently a blue belt red stripe training with Lytham Tae Kwon-Do.
In 2016, at only 7-years-old, she achieved a silver medal for sparring in the Tae Kwon-Do World Championships.
Now 9-years-old, she hopes to increase that to a gold medal and title of World Champion at the Birmingham Arena in July.
Ruby already holds English, Welsh and double British titles as well as achieving a host of other gold, silver and bronze medals at National and Regional level.
Her ultimate dream is to be an Olympian following in the footsteps of her idols Jade Jones, Bianca Walkden and especially her good friend Amy Truesdale, who is part of the Paralympic Tae Kwon-Do team.
Ruby says “Mummy and Daddy have always told me to dream big and work hard. I once saw a picture that read ‘Aim for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the stars’ so that’s my motto.”
Good luck Ruby – our Fylde Coast superstar!
ADVENTURES oF jOEY
Joey is the home of Joey, a happy and energetic boy that lives with sensory processing disorder and copes with day to day issues by helping others and trying to smile as much as possible.
He produces these calming bottles to help focus himself and to help others to be happy and cope with their stress and anxiety. With every sale of a product – Joey contributes 25p to The North West Air Ambulance Charity – a charity that is very close to Joey’s heart as they saved his daddy’s life! Joey has been home educated since the age of 4 and 1/2 as his anxiety and sensory difficulties became too much for him to cope with.
“Joey has only opened his business a matter of weeks ago and has received so much support – already being stocked in 2 high street stores (Cuckoo Candles & Gifts & Toyland Blackpool) and has been contacted by some festival organisers to appear at their event.”