Rays of Sunshine and British Gymnastics makes teen’s dream to train with the team come true
A 13 year old from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, who is currently living with a serious medical condition, has had her wish granted to spend the day with our women’s artistic gymnastics team, thanks to Rays of Sunshine and British Gymnastics.
Elite gymnast Chloe, who is currently living with Bladder Exstrophy, travelled with her family, and gymnastics coach Katherine Everett Lawrence, to Telford to the Lilleshall National Sports Centre; the home of British Gymnastics for her wish. She was able to spend time with the country’s best women’s artistic gymnasts, including three time Olympian and bronze medallist Beth Tweddle and Claudia Fragapane, who won four gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in 2014. All of the gymnasts took time out of their busy training for what is set to be a huge year of competition, to meet her and grant her wish.
Upon arrival, the teen got to see the team in action, watching a training session, which included 20 girls including Olympians, Commonwealth Champions and World and European medal winners, who were all working hard to perfect their skills on the bars, beam, vault and floor. To top off a jam-packed morning, Chloe got the chance to perfect her own skills, when she joined in the training session, getting all of the top tips from the stars and British Gymnastics national coaches.
Nicky, Chloe’s mum, commented:
“We can’t thank Rays of Sunshine and the British Gymnastics enough for making Chloe’s wish become a reality. It really was a weekend to remember forever. The whole day was incredible and Chloe had such a fantastic time chatting to the girls. Chloe hasn’t stopped smiling since we got back. Thank you.”
Amanda Reddin, British Gymnastics national coach, added:
“When Rays of Sunshine approached the British Gymnastics team to ask if we could help make Chloe’s wish come true, we didn’t hesitate to say yes. It was an absolute pleasure having Chloe come spend the day with us. She’s an inspirational teenager and we really hope that she enjoyed spending the day with the team and the coaches.”