Peterlee teen bids to become the best

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A teenage athlete is bending over backward in a bid to become the best in Britain.

Sophie Allen, 13, from Peterlee, has been given a £1,000 boost from KF Training to help her become a tumbling title holder.

Sophie with Sara O'Brien, left and Kelly Lee of KF Training.

Sophie with Sara O'Brien, left and Kelly Lee of KF Training.

The teenager, a member of the Deerness Gymnastics Academy in Durham, has competed in tumbling championships across the globe.

In 2012 Sophie was crowned British champion in her age group – an accolade which enabled her to train with some of the country’s top athletes.

Soon she was scooping a silver medal for Great Britain in the 2014 Loule Cup, an international tumbling competition held in Portugal.

And last year she brought home a silver medal at the British Championships, was ranked Britain’s number two seed and competed in the recent 2015 Tumbling World Championships in Denmark.

Now she has her sights set on the No 1 spot.

KF Training has donated funds from its community development fund to help finance Sophie’s travel and training expenses. She is the first beneficiary of the fund, which was launched by the Peterlee-based company to support worthy local causes.

Sophie said: “I’m so grateful for the funding from KF Training. I spend a lot of time travelling all over the country and abroad for competitions and it can become quite expensive. Gymnastics has been my passion for many years and tumbling is fantastic way of keeping fit.

“It combines several disciplines of gymnastics and brings many benefits. It helps me to strengthen my body, improve my concentration and generally keep me feeling healthy and well.”

Kelly Lee, managing director of KF Training, said: “Sophie has already achieved so much at such a young age and is clearly a talented gymnast – definitely one for the future. We are happy to support her and we’ll certainly be monitoring her progress in the coming months and years.

“At KF Training we’re committed to supporting worthy causes, which is why we decided to set up the community development fund. It’s our way of giving something back to the community in which we operate.”