Chelsea ‘flies’ to the national schools final

HIGH FLIER: Chelsea Cooper-Ellis all set for her national debut. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG050313-226NG
HIGH FLIER: Chelsea Cooper-Ellis all set for her national debut. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG050313-226NG
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High-flying schoolgirl Chelsea Cooper-Ellis is in a national final on Saturday with her trampoline club.

Chelsea (9) will represent St Paul’s Community Primary School, Spalding, in the National Schools Final in Birmingham.

She’s already gained two firsts and a second in rounds held in Lincoln, Nottingham and South Wales.

“I am hoping to get in the top three,” said Chelsea.

“If not, it doesn’t really matter. I am feeling a bit scared and nervous but it will be fun.”

Chelsea will do two routines involving moves like back and forward somersaults, swivel hips, straddles and kick outs.

Her mum Donna said: “I think she’s going to enjoy it because she’s always wanted to do it since she started. I am just proud she’s got through after a lot of hard work. She is getting really good.”

Chelsea trains with her club at Spalding’s Castle Sports Centre and her little sister, Lilli-Beth (4), has now joined the club to follow in her footsteps.

St Paul’s headteacher Heather Beeken said: “St Paul’s is always willing to support and celebrate the achievement of our children who attend local clubs.

“We are very proud that Chelsea is representing the school at such a high level of competition and would like to thank her and her family for the hard work, commitment and dedication they have put into preparing Chelsea for this event.”

l Other children from the club taking part are Alice Banks, Samuel Archer, Jessica Ringsell, Lauren McDonald, Georgia Kennedy and Rebecca Clarke.