Year 7 student Ella Shepherd is a keen gymnast and dancer, having practised both disciplines since she was a toddler. She has represented the county in gymnastic competitions and is hoping to take part in contests again after performing in a dance show in London in the new year.
As well as training at Kettering Olympic Gymnastics Club, Ella also attends Starlight Dance Company and is one of the troupe who will be performing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London in February.
Ella said: ‘I have been dancing and doing gymnastics since I was really little. I used to do gymnastics for up to nine hours a week, but have reduced that to two hours as I also have dancing and singing lessons.
‘I do street dance, modern and ballet at Starlight. I do gymnastics on floor, beam, bars and vaults and sometimes have to make up my own routines to music. It was good representing the county and I did that for about three years although it was quite tough. In one of my competitions I came third overall in my age group and have won quite a few medals and certificates. I love performing and hope to join the Brooke Weston dance club as well!’