A GYMNAST is jumping for joy after winning a gold medal at her first competition.
Keira Redford picked up the prize at Deerness Academy’s Floor Championships 2014 in the novice section.
The seven-year-old from Mount Pleasant, who started practising the sport just nine months ago, was stunned to discover she had beaten 41 other children.
Dad George, 49, who runs Redz Traditional Fish and Chips in Washington with wife Wendy, 44, is delighted with his daughter’s achievement.
He said: “We didn’t even really expect her to go on the floor because she is a bit timid in front of crowds.
“But she switched off from that and she was absolutely great.”
Keira, who trains at Deerness Gymnastics Academy in Durham, was first to compete and scored 8.85 from the judges.
“We couldn’t believe it,” said George, whose other daughter Brooke, 23, came third in a national gymnastic competition before retiring from the sport aged 17.
“It was great how she held her score. She really has worked hard for it, though. She trains three days a week.”
Keira, who attends Fatfield Primary School, can’t wait for her next competition.
“She’s got a thirst for it now,” said George. “She said she’s ready for anything.”