JENNY Briggs feared she would never recapture her stunning gymnastics form of old when she came out of retirement in Se ptember.
Just six months later, she has become national disability champion and is preparing to jet out to South Africa with the Great Britain team.
Jenny, 20, of Lord Street, Crewe, retired in 2004 after becoming British Champion for the fourth time. She had been competing since the age of eight and wanted to concentrate on other things.
Now she is back in business in a big way. Just a month after resuming training she won the Gymnastics and Movement for People with Disabilities (GMPD) British Championships at the East London Gymnastics Centre.
And she has been selected for a Great Britain squad which will fly to Cape Town and Johannesburg for a two-week tour later this month.
Jenny, who at two suffered a stroke which left her with movement problems down her left side, said: 'I gave up gymnastics because I wanted to become more independent.
'That meant moving out of home, getting a job and paying my own bills, and I didn't have time to train while I did that.
'But I did miss it and when I recently moved to a house right near to the Camm Street Gym, I felt it was time to come back.
'I was worried that I would be useless and I felt like an old woman with no strength or flexibility when I came back. But I soon got into the swing of things and I loved it.
'I was delighted to be national champion again, and was invited to trials for GB at Lilleshall as a result. Now I'm off to South Africa! I'm really looking forward to it.'
Jenny, a former Ruskin High School pupil and South Cheshire College student, used to practise at the Wingate Centre at Wrenbury, but is now a member of Crewe and Nantwich Gym Club, under the tuition of Mal Rozzell.
She competes in the floor, vault, bars and beam disciplines.
The GB squad plans to promote disability gymnasts in South Africa as part of a campaign to have it accepted as a Paralympic sport.
They will attend a conference, put on demonstrations, and compete with local gymnasts, between March 24 and April 9.
Jenny's ambition is to help the bid for Paralympic recognition to success, and then take part in a Paralympic Games.
Receptionist Jenny added: 'I'd like to thank my boss Tracy at the Crewe Arms Hotel for letting me have time off to practise and compete.'