GYMNASTICS: Little Paxton talent Isabella earns place in Great Britain squad

Gymnast Isabella Fleming.

Gymnast Isabella Fleming. - Credit: Archant

A budding gymnast has been selected to join the Great Britain Talent Development Squad.

Isabella Fleming will receive residential training at Lilleshall National Sports Centre throughout 2017 as part of the plan, which aims to nurture the next generation of international stars.

It is the latest accolade for an 11 year-old who became East Regional champion in her age group in September.

She also finished 14th in the National Final at Level 2 standard last month before learning of her GB call-up in recent days.

Fleming is a member of the successful Huntingdon Gymnastics Club, where she trains for 25 hours each week.

She said: “I was very excited when I first heard I was in the squad.

“I am a bit nervous about going to Lilleshall, but I’m also really looking forward to it.

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“I know the standard is going to be very high so I’m going to work extra hard.”

Fleming has been somersaulting for most of her life.

She first went along to the baby class at Huntingdon along with her twin sister, Amelia, and immediately fell in love with gymnastics.

Fleming soon progressed into the club’s elite squad, where she has progressed under the tutelage of coach Rosie O’Donnell since the age of seven.

Fleming is a Year 6 pupil at Crosshall Junior School in St Neots.