Gymnast star Jude Hilson claims silver medal

Medal winners...Jude and Ava
Medal winners...Jude and Ava

TERRIFIC tumbler Jude Hilson is already a gymnastics star at the tender age of 10.

Jude, who lives in Kirkmuirhill and is a member of Lanark Gymnastics Club, grabbed a silver medal at the recent Scottish Tumble Championships which also guarantees her a semi-final berth at the upcoming British Championships.

She is also a member of the Scotland squad having gained a place there despite having only been tumbling for six months.

Proud mum Clare said: “She had always wanted to do gymnastics and she is just a natural; the success she has had in a short time has been unbelievable.

“We were really just going to the championships for some experience but it was incredible for her to come away with a silver medal.”

Jude, who attends Milton Primary in Lesmahagow, was not the only member of the Lanark club to participate in the championships.

Joining Jude was seven-year-old Ava Paterson, from Carluke, who came third in her event.

The success of both girls has delighted Lanark club coach Morven Alder.

Morven said: “I was so pleased for Jude and Ava and the way they performed.

“Both are naturals and have come on leaps and bounds over the last few months.”