Gymnast off to fly the flag for Team GB

October 07 2016

MORE than £1,000 has been raised to enable a Longwell Green sportswoman to represent Great Britain in one of the biggest competitions in the gymnastics world.

tia collins

MORE than £1,000 has been raised to enable a Longwell Green sportswoman to  represent Great Britain in one of the biggest competitions in the gymnastics world.

Tia Collins, a member of the senior women’s team at Majestic Gymnastics, was successfully selected in April last year for the European Championships, which take place in Slovenia this month.

Tia, 17, who has been training hard for the contest for the past 18 months, needed financial support because she doesn’t have a sponsor and gymnastics is not a funded discipline in the UK from the Lottery or the Government.

To help get the cash together to cover the costs of the training camp, flights and accommodation, an online funding page  was set up by the owner of Majestic Gymnastics, Michelle George, and Tia was inundated with donations, many from people she doesn’t know. To date Tia, who started gymnastics when she was five, has had £1065 donations from 23 people, including some big donations of £100.

Writing on the  page, Michelle said: “Thank you so much everyone for all your support. I know Tia and her family really appreciate it and they couldn't be doing it without you all! 

“This last 12 months has been a huge commitment from the gymnasts, the coaches and of course their parents not only from an intensity point of view but a financial point of view also.  This is the biggest accolade in the Team Gym competition calendar and to be selected to represent team GB is a proud moment for Tia, her family and the club. 

“You have all helped Tia achieve her dream of competing for her country.”