Jade Woollard gets GB call-up

SOUTH ESSEX starlet Jade Woollard has been selected for Great Britain’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Espoir squad.

The 11-year-old from Basildon will represent the club alongside the cream of the country’s talent throughout 2014.

The James Hornsby School pupil was thrilled when she was told the news about her call-up at the club this week.

Her coach Verity Adams said: “She was very excited and it was great to see because she is a real talent and has worked very hard.

“She started off on the artistic gymnastics side but we poached her because she is such a talent, and now she is really starting to show what she can do.”

South Essex rhythmic gymnast, Jade Woollard.
South Essex rhythmic gymnast, Jade Woollard.

Jade, who is also coached by Maria Vivero-Monreal, will now get the chance to work with the national squad at training camps to be held at South Essex’s Basildon Sporting Village base between February and June.

Verity said: “It is obviously great news for Jade but it is also great news for our club to be picked to host these sessions.

“It shows the progress we are making here and hopefully we can continue to attract other youngsters to come and try out the sport.”

South Essex’s rhythmic gymnasts will be showing off their skills when they compete at an event in Walsall this weekend (Feb 22-23).