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Sport Newcastle Rising Star 2019- Laura Nelson

Laura Nelson is a 13-year-old gymnast, based at the City of Newcastle Gymnastics Academy where she trains 23+ hours a week by her coach Paula Thomas, who competed at the Sydney Olympics. In Septembers National Team Championship Laura helped her team finish in second place. During the National challenge Cup, she finished second overall due to winning a gold in floor and silver on vault. This has guaranteed her a place at the British Championships in March 2019. Her next aim is to be selected for the England Squad.

The 2019 Rising Star Awards were sponsored by North East based SOS Group, an independent leader in providing organisations across the UK and abroad with printers, copiers, MFDs, Document Management Solutions and support services.

Laura has been awarded the Bronze grant award which entitles her to £250 grant to help support her sporting successes. For more information on our grants, email

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