South Cheshire College student Felicity Martin is over the moon after being crowned as a World Champion at the Special Olympic Games.
The talented rhythmic gymnast scooped two gold medals and a silver at the showcase event where she competed at the highest competition level.
It was double joy for Felicity who was a key member of the Cheshire Academy squad which was crowned team World Champions at the Los Angeles event.
Patisserie student Felicity was selected to take part in the Special Olympics several months ago and did herself and the College proud by returning home with an impressive medal tally.
Felicity showed off her skills on a global platform and went head-to-head with top performers with intellectual disabilities from around the world at the California event.
She competed in the highest Level 3 rope routine competition and as a result her gold medal performance made her World Champion in this top category.
The Crewe-based Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sport and Arts team collected an amazing 14 gold, seven silver and four bronze medals at the event which took place from July 25th until August 2nd.
The Academy offers children, young people and adults, with and without disabilities, exciting opportunities in sport and works with people to improve their skills and encourages them to get involved in new activities and make new friends.
Felicity, of Crewe, trains at the Broad Street Academy every Wednesday and Saturday and worked hard in the run up to the event which was her first trip across the Atlantic.
The 19-year-old took part in the Special Olympics in Athens in 2011 for the first time and returned to the UK with two gold and three silver medals.
She secured her trip to Los Angeles after an impressive regional qualifying performance in Bath earlier this year.
Felicity is studying a full time Level 3 Professional Patisserie and Confectionery course at the College’s Crewe campus after completing Level 1 and 2 courses in Professional Cookery.
“Los Angeles was a fantastic experience and it was great to come back with the gold and silver medals and be crowned as World Champion in the rope routine.
I love rhythmic gymnastics and was so lucky to have this opportunity thanks to the Cheshire Academy.”
Felicity also secured a fourth place finish and two fifth place ribbons in other categories in Los Angeles.
She was supported by family members who cheer her on at competitions up and down the UK and around the world.
The 2015 Special Olympics featured competitions in aquatics, gymnastics, track and field events, basketball, football and many other summer sports and brought together over 7,000 athletes with disabilities from around the globe.
Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson said:
“I would like to congratulate Felicity on becoming a World Champion and all of the rhythmic gymnasts on the team that has returned from Los Angeles with a huge haul of medals.
Local athletes from the Cheshire Academy have proven themselves to be a key part of Team GB and congratulations must also go to coach Jane Whetnall and all of the supporters at Broad Street.
It’s fantastic to see Crewe and South Cheshire leading the world in disability sport.”
South Cheshire College staff are absolutely thrilled with Felicity’s gold medal winning performances.
Julia Bolam, Hospitality and Catering Lecturer at South Cheshire College, said:
“This was an amazing experience for Felicity and we are so proud of her.
To become a world champion is a fantastic achievement.”
South Cheshire College Principal Jasbir Dhesi added:
“Everyone at South Cheshire College is thrilled by Felicity’s achievement.
She is a real inspiration and a fantastic role model to all students and we are delighted for her, her family and everyone at the Cheshire Academy. The hard work and dedication she has shown has really paid off.”
Cheshire Academy Co-Founder Iain Chalmers added:
“I would like to pay tribute to the army of volunteers and fundraisers who have given hundreds of hours of their time to help fundraise for the team and of course the wonderful, dedicated and hard-working gymnasts themselves who did us all proud in Los Angeles.
The whole of Crewe should be proud of their unique and outstanding achievements.”
For more information about Hospitality and Catering programmes at South Cheshire College, please call 01270 654654 or visit www.scc.ac.uk
To find out more about The Cheshire Academy please call 01270 255355 or visit www.disabilitysport.com