Ellen Fearnside

Award Winning Gymnast

 Her mother told me that, as a very young child, 14 year old Ellen Fearnside always seemed to be upside down or up trees so it was an obvious move for her to go to Thames Valley Gymnastics in Sonning Common at the age of five. Clearly it suited Ellen very well and she has gone on to compete at county level.

Earlier this year ellyshe was one of 46 youngsters to receive an award at the South Oxfordshire District Council’s annual Young Achiever Awards. At the club, now called Kennylands Gymnastics, Ellen started coaching the younger children when she was 13, something she really enjoys.

Ellen lives with her parents and older brother and attends Chiltern Edge School. Each week she trains for three hours and coaches a total of eight hours. A competition covers floor, vault, bars and beam. She competes in the county championships twice a year and, being one of the youngest in her age group, she is up against older and bigger girls. Ellen is also keen on trampolining which she does for an hour and a half every week. She enjoys drawing but gymnastics is her first love and she hopes to make a career as a coach.

Sue Nickson