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Gravesend gymnast becomes British disabilities champion

PUBLISHED: 12:55 12 December 2012

Lauren Lethbridge who won the Senior National Artistic Gymnastics Disability Championships

Lauren Lethbridge who won the Senior National Artistic Gymnastics Disability Championships

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A young gymnast who trains at a Gravesend club has become the British 2012 Gymnastics Senior Disabilities Champion.

Lauren Lethbridge, 16, suffers from a number of serious health conditions including a chronic lung disease and gastro-intestinal failure that leaves her entirely dependent on a tube feed.

In her first year as a senior, she beat off stiff competition from Britain’s strongest gymnasts and made a clean sweep, winning overall gold and taking four individual apparatus gold medals across the four disciplines of vault, asymmetric bars, beam and floor.

Lauren’s coach Meapa Gymnastics Club, Brenda Austin, said: “We are very proud of Lauren’s achievements which are a culmination of hard work and commitment in the gym despite the many health obstacles that she has to overcome on a daily basis.

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