Ellie and Leah represent Great Britain at Euro training camp

Leah Hickton and Ellie Petroiu at Gatwick before setting off an their trip to Italy
Leah Hickton and Ellie Petroiu at Gatwick before setting off an their trip to Italy

SOUTH ESSEX’S Head of Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Leah Hickton and her young charge Ellie Petroiu represented the club with aplomb at a European training camp.

The duo flew out to the Union of European Gymnastics event in Tirrenia, Pisa, Italy, from July 7-17, to meet with other coaches and gymnasts and gain valuable experience.

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Leah and Ellie get the chance to work with Russian vault expert Sergey in Tirrenia

They also got the chance to make new friends with a trip to the beach at the pretty Tuscan parish on the coast of the Ligurian Sea.

Ellie, 10, is one of SEGC’s most promising young gymnasts and was this year named in the Great Britain Development Squad at Level 4.

Leah and Ellie (left) with fellow Great Britain representatives at the training camp in Italy
Leah and Ellie (left) with fellow Great Britain representatives at the training camp in Italy