A 16-year-old student has been selected for Team GB as a reserve gymnast for the 2016 European Championships.
Tia Collins, who trains at Majestic Gymnastics Club in Longwell Green, will take part in an intensive training program in anticipation of breaking into the GB TeamGym in October.
“When I found out I’d been selected I was just bouncing round the place,” said the gymnast, who is studying for a Level 2 NVQ in beauty at Bath College.
“My teammates are just like family. We perform in front of thousands of people that we’re competing against and I enjoy all of it.”
Over the last 12 months, Tia has been balancing her studies alongside visits to Bracknell Gymnastic Club to take part in GB regional squad training and trials for GB’s TeamGym.
“It’s quite hard fitting in college work with training, there’s an exam for every module, but I was keen to study beauty,” she said.
Tia went through three phases of intensive training and reviews before being selected as a reserve in the final stage for the tournament.
The youngster’s training will soon intensify ahead of the European Championships in Slovenia, which takes place from October 12-16.
She added: “Throughout this training I’m just hoping to get better. It’s going to be constant training to learn new skills, new moves and new techniques.
“If someone doesn’t get accepted or has an injury I could have a chance, but I’m going to the European competition anyway.”