Young Welwyn Garden City gymnast is beaming after reaching national final

A WELWYN Garden City girl is celebrating after making the national finals of the women s artistic gymnast grade eight section. Ten-year-old Lucy Moxham finished fourth in the Eastern Region National Club grade event in Ipswich to make it through to Birmin

A WELWYN Garden City girl is celebrating after making the national finals of the women's artistic gymnast grade eight section.

Ten-year-old Lucy Moxham finished fourth in the Eastern Region National Club grade event in Ipswich to make it through to Birmingham for the nationals.

Lucy, who is a pupil at Applecroft Primary School in WGC, managed to get silver in the floor routine and a bronze in the bars to add to the solid performances in the vault and the beam.

Delighted mother Pauline said: "I am very proud Lucy has made it through to the national final.

"She is doing really well, and her coach is very pleased with her progress.

"This will be her first national final, so we are both really chuffed."

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Lucy trains at the respected Marriotts Gymnastics Club in Stevenage.

The youngster has taken part in regional and national competitions in the distinction for a number of years.

The top four girls from each of the regional championships go forward to compete at the national finals.

This year's national event will be held at Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre in Birmingham on April 25 and 26.

Proud parent Pauline added: "Lucy knew this was a real opportunity to do well, and we are looking forward to the finals now.

"She works so hard, training six times a week, and has to do a lot of travelling so she has deserved this opportunity."

The talented youngster has already been recognised for her sporting success in the Welwyn Hatfield area.

Last year Lucy was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award by the borough council.

That scheme aims to give financial support to promising local artistic and sporting talent to help in their development.

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