Sheffield teen Caitlyn is ready to represent Team GB in Mexico
A talented South Yorkshire gymnast will head to Mexico this month to represent Great Britain on the international stage.
Fifteen-year-old Aston Academy student Caitlyn Hawley, from Treeton, will compete for Team GB for the first time in the Pan American Continental Cup – a three-day, top-class international competition with some of the best talent in the world.
Caitlyn earned her place in the GB squad after successfully completing three trials over the summer. One of those trials was the British Championships, where Caitlyn impressed by winning a bronze medal.
In Mexico, Caitlyn – who performs as part of a trio – will have to perform routines to showcase strength, poise and flexibility. She will also have to perform a selection of dynamic moves featuring impressive tumbles.
Caitlyn, who is also captain of Aston Academy’s Year 11 netball team, started gymnastics at the age of seven, learning the basics of the sport in a recreation class run by Acrocats, at Aston Sports Centre.
She spent a number of years at Rotherham Sports Acro club, in Thurcroft, before joining City of Sheffield Gymnastics club and, eventually, Wakefield Gym Club.
Mum Claire said: “As a youngster, Caitlyn seemed to spend more time upside down on her hands than she did her feet! She has always had a love for gymnastics but we never dreamed that she would end up representing her country one day.”