A YOUNG gymnast who broke her neck earlier this year has been selected to represent England in an international competition.
Lottie Morris, 12, will compete at the Loule Cup in Portugal in October, despite having been out of action for six months after injuring herself during training.
Lottie competes in tumbling, a gymnastics discipline where participants perform a series of twists and flips along a sprung track.
But she was left in hospital after landing awkwardly during a practice session in January.
Lottie still has a broken bone in her neck but has been told it has healed the best it will and has been cleared to compete again.
“She’s had a bit of a journey this year,” said mum Marie.
“The struggles she’s had and hasn’t given up. She’s continued to push through that.
“She’s had a real journey so this is really important to her.
“Her dream is to go to the world championships, possibly even the Commonwealth Games.
But while mum Marie is desperate to allow Lottie – who grew up in Cirencester and now lives in Tetbury – to follow her dreams, she is struggling to find the money required for travel to and from the event.
“It is so expensive,” she said.
“We are just the average working family.
“With the rising costs of living it’s becoming hard to pay the funds she needs in order to do this.”
Lottie’s family have contributed £500 for the trip, as well as paying more than £800 to allow her to attend a training camp in France this month, and set up a GoFundMe page in the hope of raising the remaining £400.
Lottie is about to go into Year 8 at Sir William Romney’s School.
She balances her education with gymnastics training in Basingstoke four times a week.
Writing on the fundraising page, which Lottie set up herself, she said: “I would love to go and be able to prove to everyone and myself that I am capable and strong and even though it has been a rough journey, I can still go out there and be the best I can be.”
You can donate at bit.ly/3Kak3r8.
Marie is also hoping to find sponsors to help fund travel to future events. Anybody interested should contact her at email@example.com