Young gymnast pushing for county success

Maisie Squire is seven and wants to go to the Olympics in 2020.''She has already been selected for the county squad and won a competition last week.
Maisie Squire is seven and wants to go to the Olympics in 2020.''She has already been selected for the county squad and won a competition last week.
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Seven-year-old Maisie Squire’s fantastic progress in gymnastics has allowed her to be selected for the Suffolk county squad.

Maisie, from Thurston, has made tremendous strides and already has a competition win behind her.

She recently won the Miss Alpha Factor national competition, representing the south of England and mumTeresa could not be more proud.

“She is a little superstar,” admitted the delighted mother. “Her progression has been remarkable, and she absolutely loves it.”

Maisie attends Thurston Primary School and had enjoyed school trips to Pipers Vale Gymnastics Club in Ipswich, with who she began to improve with.

“Until last February, she was attending Thetford Flickers and doing about two-and-a-half hours a week,” said Teresa.

“They always said she had talent and could do more hours, so we decided to take her to Pipers Vale to see if 
they thought she had the 
potential.

“After a trial with one of the elite coaches, she made the Pipers Vale county team and has been doing 10 hours a week of gymnastics.”

The seven-year-old’s progress did not stop there, however, and it was only last month where she went on trial with the Suffolk county squad, who selected her for their team of eight girls.

To mark her achievements, Maisie was victorious as she competed in ‘Jewel of the South’ section of the Miss Alpha Factor only a few weeks ago, which was held in Ipswich, at Pipers Vale Gymnastics Club.

Her mother described how she is looking ahead to training with the county squad, as well as moving up a grade in gymnastics and entering more competitions.

“It will be her first year as a grade 14 when she turns eight, and she also has her first training session with the Suffolk county squad on March 1,” added Teresa.

“She also has her first competition as a grade 14 on March 24 and if she does well in that, she will have the chance to progress through to a regional final.”

The young gymnast will also be looking to up her hours as she develops further.

Maisie has outlined how far she intends to take her achievements in gymnastics, and Teresa admitted her daughter has already got her eyes firmly set on the 2020 Olympics.