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A talented gymnast won two championship titles at the British Rhythmic Gymnastic Championships.
Katie O’Connor, 14, won championship titles in both her ball and hoop routines and went on to be crowned overall 2014 British Junior Champion in the disability class II category.
Her achievements are even more remarkable as she has albinism and is partially sighted.
The former Joydens Wood Junior School pupil has been a member of the British National Disability Rhythmic Gymnastics Squad since she was 11 and has been winning medals since she was six.
Katie, who lives near Dartford Heath, has won national titles for the past three years, including overall winner plus national champion in two categories in 2012 and two category wins last year put her in second place overall.
Having difficulties with her vision, her apparatus colour is chosen to contrast with the floor, ceiling and walls, to help her find them.
Other pieces are adapted with glitter tape so she can see equipment once it is in the air.
She trains at a club in Sidcup and her coach Kay Salter is also the national coach and an ambassador for disability gymnastics.
Katie’s mum Una O’Connor said: “I am incredibly proud of her.
“She never says never and is determined to prove everyone wrong about what she can achieve.”
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