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Sisters on golden trail

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:39 05 July 2010

Summer-Jade Kenizitt, left, and sisters Harmony, centre, and Angel, right

Summer-Jade Kenizitt, left, and sisters Harmony, centre, and Angel, right

Mark Boggis

A TALENTED trio of girls are aiming high in their pursuit of a golden shot as they regularly make an 80-mile round trip from Lowestoft to Attleborough for training.

A TALENTED trio of girls are aiming high in their pursuit of a golden shot as they regularly make an 80-mile round trip from Lowestoft to Attleborough for training.

Summer-Jade Kenzitt, 11, Angel, nine, and Harmony, six, have a shared family talent for gymnastics.

And having been involved in the sport for a number of years, firstly with the Waveney Gymnastics Club, they have now moved to a new club - The Norfolk Academy of Gymnastics.

Since last Christmas the girls “have not looked back” according to managing director and head coach of the Norfolk Academy of Gymnastics, Sara-Jane Inglis.

And aiming onwards and ever-upwards in the pursuit of reaching the top, for their “immensely proud” mum Julia the future is bright.

Eldest sister Summer-Jade has just competed in the national challenge cup for her age group, held in Gloucester on June 8, which was her first national competition on the full senior code of points.

She had a “very good competition” according to her coach, without any major mistakes and looked a “classy and accomplished performer” in finishing 39th overall with high hopes to increase her difficulty level and improve on this next year.

Nine-year-old Angel is currently competing in the national elite programme and after a “fantastic performance” at the national finals for the compulsory level 3 in Birmingham in May, she is ranked 16th in the country in a very talented year group.

Youngest sister Harmony is yet to embark on her competitive career but her coaches at the Academy have “very high hopes” for her, as she is already in the Norfolk county squad.

“She will make her competitive debut this September at the Norfolk championships.

“From there it is intended that she will also start on the national elite grades programme next year,” Inglis said.

Expressing her “delight” at having the girls train at the academy and welcoming them to Attleborough

“From day one they have worked exceptionally hard and have been great to work with - despite the long hours and all the travelling, they always have a smile and never complain,” Inglis added.

“They have all made great progress since joining us and we expect them to go on to even greater heights in the future.”

As well as going to school locally, Summer-Jade and Angel train 18 hours per week and Harmony currently trains around 13 hours per week.

So this means that there is “lots of travelling” from Lowestoft to Attleborough and back again in the pursuit of fulfilling their dreams.

They train five times per week with the girls often not arriving home until 10pm at night, and also compete across the country at weekends.

“But the girls and their family see these as sacrifices worth making to enable them to reach their potential in gymnastics,” Inglis said.

Echoing these sentiments the girls' mum said: “The girls have come on leaps and bounds and are so committed.”

She has been writing letters to various companies and businesses in the hope of attracting sponsorship to help the girls fulfil their aspirations.

“Leotards alone cost £90 each, and with all the travelling everything is such a big expense,” she said.

“If any individuals or business could help us with anything it would be so appreciated.”

w If you can help the family in any way, e-mail: Julia.kenzitt@yahoo .co.uk or alternatively telephone her on 07756 603 266.

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