A 17-year-old from Lauder and her younger sibling have been flying high in the world of aerial gymnastics over the last month.
Ciara Donlevy scooped the gold medal in her age category at the recent British Elite Trampoline Championships held at the Echo Arena in Liverpool and has now been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Age Group Championships in Denmark in December along with her City of Edinburgh clubmate Caitlin O’Brian.
A pupil at Earlston High School, Ciara began trampolining seven years ago. She trains 4-5 times a week and coaches at the City of Edinburgh Club.
A keen hockey player, the active teenager is also a sports house captain at Earlston High School where she undertakes school service in the PE department.
Despite her busy schedule she also helps out with after school sports at Earlston Primary School on Tuesday afternoons alongside the Active Schools co-ordinator and, as much as possible, helps out at Lauder Limpers juniors.
Ciara won the ladies’ 17-18 Double Mini Trampoline competition in Liverpool and, as British champion, has since been selected to represent Great Britain at the Loule World Cup in Portugal in October and then the World Age Groups in Odense in Denmark in December.
Proud mum Valerie told us: “She was at school when she heard the good news, she texted me to let me know and had a massive grin on her face when I got home.”
Elsewhere Ciara’s younger sister Orla Donlevy made it to the British NDP finals after qualifications at the beginning of the year and finished eighth after completing four clean passes.
Both girls qualified for the Scottish National Championships held at Bells sports arena in Perth on September 27, but, due to her GB commitments, Ciara could not compete. Orla, however, won silver in the ladies’ 13-14 NDP Six double mini trampoline – a massive achievement.
Both girls would like to thank head coach Lauren Jeffrey of City of Edinburgh Trampoline Club as well as the Rowan Boland Trust and Borders Sport & Leisure Trust for their financial help this past year.
“Like many sports, trampolining, at this level, can be costly with travel and accommodation all to be taken into consideration, so the help that the girls have received is much appreciated,” added Mrs Donlevy.