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Millbrook youngster is aiming high in trampolining

MILLBROOK’S Nyla Evely may only be 11 years-old but she is already dreaming of one day competing at an Olympic Games.

The youngster has fast been making a name for herself in the sport of trampolining and already competes at international level.

She will be looking for more success this weekend when she competes at the British Trampolining, Tumbling and Double Mini Trampolining Championships in Birmingham, along with City of Plymouth team-mate Oscar Piper.

The Cornish prodigy fell in love with trampolining at the age of just five and now trains up to 22 hours a week.

“My ultimate dream is to represent GB at the Olympics one day,” she said.

Her life is very much full on from morning to night, travelling from Millbrook to Devonport High School for Girls, where she has attended since the start of the month, and then a swift bus journey to the City of Plymouth Gymnastics Club after school to train until 8:30pm.

Having competed both nationally and internationally, the trampolining starlet has a fair amount of experience under her belt and she has not even entered her teen years yet.

“Travelling and training internationally with gymnast friends is really good fun,” she said. “It’s such a reward for all those hours of training we put in.”

Not only have her ground-breaking accomplishments to date filled her parents with pride, she has also captured the hearts of her local community, with a host of businesses coming together to pay for her kit and travel costs.

“It’s hard not to be proud,” said her mother, Lucy. “It has been such a lovely gesture and they are all really keen to see her succeed. Nyla really feels the community are rooting for her.”

She will be competing in the 11/12 age category for the second time at this weekend’s British Championships in Birmingham, where many of her heroes will also be in action.

“It’s such a great weekend and to be able to say that I compete at the same competition as world champions and Olympians is truly amazing,” said the youngster. “It is unbelievable to some of my non-gym friends. It is fantastic to compete and then watch my heroes.”

 

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