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    West Hatch High School gymnast takes gold at international competition

    An 11-year-old student at West Hatch High School has won a gold medal in

    gymnastics while representing the UK in an international competition.

    Larni Shulton was up against gymnasts from Malta, Holland, Belgium,

    Germany and Jersey when she competed in the DHA International

    competition in Colchester.

    The Chigwell youngster came third overall with high scores in her vault, bars

    and floor routines – and earned herself a gold medal with her beam routine.

    Larni, who is in Year 7 at the High Road school, started in the sport at the

    age of just four and took part in her first competition about three years


    She now trains 18 hours a week, spread over five days, at Havering


    Larni initially took part in ballet but then turned her attention to gymnastics.

    She said: “Being with my friends is one of the best things as well as being

    able to do a lot of cool skills.

    “I like the strengthening side (of the sport) which is strange because a lot of

    people don’t like that.”

    Of her latest success, Larni said: “I knew I had done well; I’d had a solid

    competition - it was just really amazing to win. I didn’t expect it.”