ELLIE PETROIU has been called up to represent Great Britain at a prestigious training camp for young European gymnasts.
Ellie, 10, will travel with coach Leah Hickton to the Union of European Gymnastics event in Tirrenia, Pisa, Italy, from July 7-17.
It is a meeting for coaches to share ideas and for young gymnasts to sample the atmosphere of performing in an international arena.
South Essex’s Head of Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Leah Hickton, said: “I’ve coached Ellie since she was three and this is a great achievement for her so I am very proud.
“It is a training camp where many top gymnasts started off their careers so she is understandably delighted to have this chance.”
South Essex’s Director of Coaching, Scott Hann, added: “I was very pleased to see this, and it something you qualify for by coming first at a national event.
“It is a training camp I attended as a coach with Reiss Beckford about a decade ago and he has progressed into an international gymnast.
“So I hope Ellie and her coach Leah both enjoy the trip and gain some valuable experience from it.”