IT HAS been a remarkable year for 10-year-old Caitlin Moss.
After earning an invitation to train with the National squad for Gymnastics and Movement for People with a Disability (GMPD), at the start of this month she was named Mid Cheshire Young Champion at our Your Champions Awards night in Chester.
But to cap off a year of success, Caitlin struck gold at the British GMPD Championships in Newcastle at the weekend.
Caitlin, who was born 15 weeks premature and only has the use of one arm, finished first in the floor, beam and vault events, watched by international judges at the Benfield Centre.
She then finished runner-up in the asymmetric bars but, cheered on by friends, family and coaches, it was enough to clinch gold and the U12 women’s title.
Proud dad Keith said: “She won in style, we were all close to tears.
“This year has been staggeringly impressive year for Caitlin. She is a very special little girl who simply does not know where the ground ends and the sky begins. We all love her very much.
“All her school friends made a huge fuss of her when she went back with her medal.”
A member of Weaverham Gymnastics Club and Hartford School of Gymnastics, in Mid Cheshire, Caitlin has been coached by Beth Tweddle’s former junior mentor, Charlie Oakes.
She is also trained by Jim Stelfox who told The Chronicle that Caitlin’s achievement was richly deserved.
“To achieve what she has done since April this year has taken some drive, let’s hope she inspires other girls to do as well,” he said.
“I was choked up a bit as I was proud as punch. I asked her to bring her medal into the club, she should be proud to wear it.”
Caitlin is waiting to hear if she has been included in the latest Team GB squad.