Top 20 spot for Elizabeth Packman on her main stream debut

Elizabeth Packman goldELIZABETH PACKMAN made a seemless transition from disability gymnastics to main stream competition.

The South Essex gymnast, who has autism, claimed a brilliant top 20 place at the National Open Rhymic competition in Stoke-on-Trent.

The 12-year-old from Billericay (pictured) impressed with the Ball, Clubs and Rope at the event between March 21-22.

Elizabeth’s previous competition was the British Disability Championships in June 2014 but she more than held her own in a field of 60 Juniors at Fenton Manor.

Her coach Verity Adams said: “The plan was to keep Elizabeth in disability competitions this year, because she had struggled with mainstream competitions.

“But she has so much ability and she was over-achieving in all her competitions. She was in the GB disability squad but it was not stretching her enough.

“So I sat down with her parents to see how we could make things more challenging for her and we decided she was ready to make the switch.

“Elizabeth is very competitve and confident and she 100 per cent wanted to do this – and I think her result here proves it was the right move.”

Elizabeth will next compete at the Grades competition in Birmingham in April.