A YOUNG gymnast has scooped her third gold medal in as many competitions.
Kiera Redford, of Fatfield, Washington, beat the competition to the top prize in the intermediate one section at the Deerness Academy Floor Championships, in Durham.
It was just the third competition the eight-year-old has entered.
Her dad, George, said: “This was only her third competition and she was competing against about 15 others, but she got a score of 9.4, which is pretty hard to beat.
“We were all on edge watching her but she’s always really confident. She told me she’d win this one too.
“When she gets outs on the floor she just goes for it. I think she’s definitely going to go far in gymnastics.
“She’s only eight and she’s already talking about going to the Olympics. She loves watching it and whenever we do she says that’ll be her one day.”
The academy is attended by some of the best young gymnasts in the country, with more than 60 of its graduates going on to represent Britain since it first opened, including One Show host Matt Baker and world champion acrobatics group Acropolis.
Keira, a pupil at Fatfield Primary, trains four times a week after following in the footsteps of her sister, Brooke, 24.
George and mum Wendy say Keira, who also has a brother Brad, 17, wouldn’t miss a day of training for anything.
She took up gymnastics in 2013 and has quickly progressed to become one of the best in the region at her age category.
George added: “I believe her when she says she’ll go to the Olympics because she’s so dedicated.
“She won’t miss a day of training for anything, she just loves it.”