Kira is Yorkshire’s Olympic golden girl

Kira Haughian.
Kira Haughian.

KIRA Haughian is a girl on a mission.

The flexible 15-year-old is one of just four gold ambassadors, selected from across Yorkshire to promote Olympic values.

The Wath St Pius Catholic School pupil is a winning gymnast of some 10 years experience.

She won a gold medal in her first tumbling competition, and has just missed out on a place in the British Championships. But her enthusiasm and dedication to her sport led to her representing the London 2012 Olympics.

Kira met her heroine, three-time world champion Beth Tweddle, when she visited her school recently to coach and inspire.

The young fan said: “It was absolutely brilliant.

“Beth has made me even more determined to do well in my sport. She’s fantastic!”

Currently, Kira is working towards Level Four at the Yorkshire Championships this month, and hopes to compete in international tumbling next year.

She is a member of Barnsley Leadership Academy, which will help her to receive the training she needs to be a successful gymnastics coach.

Peter Scantlebury, Special Projects Manager for the RSSP, said: “Kira will work to promote Olympic and Paralympic values in the lead up to the 2012 Games,

“She’s a wonderful young ambassador and we’re proud of her achievement”.

Kira was one of a group of 68 young gymnasts from across Rotherham, who gathered at Pope Pius school to benefit from Beth’s vast experience. They enjoyed several hours of tuition under Beth’s watchful eye.