GOLD FOR ELIZABETH PACKMAN AT THE BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS

CHAMPION - Elizabeth Packman proudly displays her medal haul, alongside South Essex team-mates Jade Woollard (left) and Ruta Sulskis (right)
CHAMPION – Elizabeth Packman proudly displays her medal haul, alongside South Essex team-mates Jade Woollard (left) and Ruta Sulskis (right)

ELIZABETH PACKMAN successfully defended her British title at the weekend in Stoke.

The 11-year-old was first in hoop (11.333), ribbon (11.150) and ball (10.016) and second in clubs (10.750) to take the all-around (42.249) Junior Class 1 title at Fenton Manor Leisure Centre.

Elizabeth, who has autism, was defending the British Rhythmic Disability Gymnastics crown she won in June last year after she beat off competition from across the country, including girls who were two years older than her in the junior category.

Elizabeth’s South Essex club-mates Jade Woollard and Ruta Sulskis, both 11, were also in action at the annual event.

Jade finished eighth in the all-around (35.332) with her best score coming with a seventh placed showing in the freestyle section (9.900).

Ruta was 10th in the all-around (32.399) and her best display was a seventh place with the ball with a score of 9.283.