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Teen Gymnast Crowned World Champion

Wednesday November 27 2013

BARNSLEY has a world champion! Gymnast Eleanor Simpson, from Royston, saw off top opposition at the World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, on November 16.

The 13-year-old qualified fifth in the heats but took gold in the final, becoming only the second person under 14 years of age to complete a 'double twisting double back somersault' in the World Championships.

"When I made it through to the final I knew I had a chance," said Eleanor.

"I have worked so hard since the last World Championships in 2011 when I finished ninth so this feels like a reward for my hard work."

Dad Mark said: "When the final standings came through and we saw that Eleanor was the world champion tears of joy and celebrations began.

"Seeing Eleanor sing the national anthem with great gusto was one of the proudest moments of my life."

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Reply Posted by Don McCarron on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 14:08
Brilliant! Well done Eleanor!

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 23:42
Brilliant You stick at it love xx

Reply Posted by Jo on Monday December 2 2013 at 21:15
Amazing, big congratulations x