Kitty was competing for her club, Park Wrekin, against the top Junior Teams from 21 other gymnastics clubs across the country. The Team Championships is one of the biggest events in the British Gymnastics calendar and used as a basis for selecting national squads.
Not being able to miss any training in the lead-up to the competition meant that Kitty had to do a major juggling act with her academic work and other school commitments during Foundation Fortnight. But Kitty’s success is all the more remarkable – and all the sweeter – because it has also been achieved in the face of a major and recent injury. She was selected to trial for the British Teams Championships last year, but in the run-up to the trials she dislocated and fractured her elbow, tearing away all the ligaments. The complexity of the injury meant that she had to undergo two operations and months of physio. Even more devastatingly, she was told that she would probably never be able to do gymnastics again, or straighten her arm.
Determined not to let that be true, Kitty worked and trained hard – and succeeded in winning selection for the British Championships in March. “It was early days after my injury and I wasn’t at full strength,” she says. “So it meant a lot to me to be selected again for the British Teams Championships and to be able to put in a good performance. To come away with an unexpected medal was a wonderful bonus.”