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Sheffield dancing duo’s European success

Wheelchair dancing competitors Abbie-Gayle Higgins and Amy Bray, who won gold at the European Championships in Holland.

Wheelchair dancing competitors Abbie-Gayle Higgins and Amy Bray, who won gold at the European Championships in Holland.

A dancing duo with a difference have dazzled their way to first place in a European competition.

Wheelchair dancing partners Amy Bray and Abbie-Gayle Higgins beat more than 300 competitors from 16 countries at the championships in Holland.

Amy, aged 23, and Abbie-Gayle, 17, both of High Green, took part in the ‘duo’, where both partners dance in wheelchairs.

College student Abbie-Gayle said: “I’m an able-bodied dancer myself but I got into a chair to dance with Amy.

“I couldn’t move when I heard we had won. Amy just turned around to the team and all of them were just screaming, it was amazing.”

The girls are both part of the Wheels in Motion wheelchair dancing group.

Abbie-Gayle said: “When you go to competitions you’re overwhelmed by the people you meet - there are people there who are paraplegic and push themselves around but then there are also people who operate an electric chair by blinking or even breathing. It’s so rewarding to see the joy it brings to people and how it brings everyone together.”

Amy, who has a rare genetic condition which has resulted in her having to use a chair, started going to the group about three years ago with her mum, Moira.

Moira said: “For Amy, it’s the best thing she has ever done. It has really brought her out of her shell.

“The music starts and a smile comes on her face which just says it all. She gets so much enjoyment from it.”

Amy and Moira also danced together in Holland in the ‘combi’ category - where there is one able-bodied partner and one partner in a wheelchair. They finished in the top 10.

n Find out more about Wheels in Motion by calling June Higgins on 0114 284 5738.

 

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