Sofia Matthews, 13, came 1st place in her age category at a qualifying competition last week, meaning she is through to the Annual British Championships.
Last Saturday (8th February), 40 of Britain’s top aspiring young gymnasts competed at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre in the hope of achieving the required qualification score.
Only 22 out of 40 qualified and Sofia was one of those. Qualifying alone is a fantastic achievement but Sofia also finished 1st place in her age category, making her an Elite gymnast.
Arabian are absolutely thrilled at Sofia’s well-deserved recent success and can’t wait to support her and cheer her on in the British Championships.
Sofia’s achievement is of course a testament to her dedication, hard work and determination but it also clearly demonstrates the capability of Claire Thornton, our Head Coach, and indeed the whole team at Arabian.
Qualifying in the Olympic year has made the achievement more special for Sofia. Whilst at the Championships in April, she will meet GB’s top Senior Gymnasts who will be competing for a place in the 2020 Tokyo team.