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10:00 Sunday 23 November 2014  Written by Dan Darlington

Acrobatic gymnast Amelie Morgan hits the heights at National Finals


Amelie Morgan
Amelie Morgan

Elite level gymnasts from Slough have once again hit the heights at the national finals.

Amelie Morgan celebrated becoming British junior champion for the second successive year, coming out on top against 32 gymnasts in her age group.

The 11-year-old’s achievement was made all the more remarkable considering she broke three ribs just five weeks before the finals on November 1.

Morgan is a member of Slough Gymnastics Club elite squad but regularly trains with Great Britain at the Lilleshall National Training Centre in Shropshire.

Her teammate Ellie Botterill was a fellow gold medal winner in the compulsory grade floor routine.

She performed her routine to Sia’s Chandalier music.

Slough’s May Thomas-Osbourne won bronze in her first appearance in the finals aged nine.

She competed in the voluntary competition.

Ellie Jones, who trains all three girls, as well as many others to regional and national prominence, was given an outstanding coaches award.

The club celebrated further success in the men’s artistic gymnastics grades competition in Birmingham.

Musa Siddiqi of Slough, and Finlay Morgan – Amelie’s twin brother – finished fourth and fifth respectively out of 48 gymnasts.

Their performances, which saw Morgan score two perfect 10s, played a key role in the South team winning a silver medal.

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