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Spires Academy triumphs at prestigious gymnastics event

Year 8 pupil at the Kent school, Phoebe Blair, took home the National Young Volunteer of the Year award at the British Gymnastics National Awards 2017

Posted by Julian Owen | November 23, 2017 | Events

Of the hundreds of nominees from around the country, 12 year-old Phoebe Blair was the youngest guest at the 2017 British Gymnastics National Awards, where the Spires Academy student scooped National Young Volunteer of the Year.

As soon as Phoebe was old enough, she began to coach both her peers and young children. She was nominated for the award by Debbie Cooper, Lead Coach at Canterbury Gymnastics Club, who recognised her passion and dedication when coaching gymnastics with young people. Phoebe supports several local gymnastics events, expertly choreographs routines for young gymnasts to perform and, last year, led a group of 25 Year 7 students in a trial for the Elite Gymnastics Academy provision at Spires Academy.

"Phoebe is a true inspiration to young people and a testament to hard work paying off."

Phoebe attended the ceremony, held at Duxford Imperial War Museum, as one of three finalists for the prestigious award. The show included appearances from three-time world champion and British Olympian, Beth Tweddle, and London 2012 medalist, Kristian Thomas. The annual ceremony recognises and celebrates the achievements of the most inspirational people within the British gymnastics community. 

Following her win, Phoebe said: “It feels absolutely amazing to win. I’m so happy! If anyone wanted to volunteer, I’d say it’s an amazing thing to do as you get to see so many smiles on people’s faces.”

Nicky Lewis, Head of Sports Development at Spires Academy, said: “Phoebe continues to show her amazing worth to the school and its community. She is a true inspiration to young people and a testament to hard work paying off. We are so proud of her achievements both within her volunteering work and her incredible performances as a skilled gymnast within the Spires Academy Elite Gymnastics programme.”

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