Proud Valleys Gymnastics Academy have paid tribute to club member Emilie Allen after she was named among the Pride of Gwent.
Emilie’s resilience and determination to bounce back in the face of testing challenges and circumstances earned her the South Wales Argus’ Pride of Gwent Courage Award at their recent awards evening, held virtually.
You can read the Argus’ tribute here.
Young gymnast Emilie broke her ankle last year, causing her a great deal of anxiety – but she has bounced back with aplomb.
Meanwhile Emilie is also a carer, looking after her mum, Laura, who suffers from a rare autoimmune condition and associated illnesses, and helping with her two younger brothers.
“We are incredibly proud of Emilie,” said VGA managing director Melissa Anderson.
“Emilie is a young carer for her mum and younger siblings, so life can be very challenging for her when her mum’s illness flares up or she has to spend periods of time in hospital.
“Gymnastics provides Emilie with important time with her friends, which is essential for her wellbeing given the challenges she faces.
“Emilie has had a couple of injuries in the last two years, including an ankle fracture and she has worked hard throughout.
“Unfortunately, the start of lockdown meant Emilie couldn’t take her National Grade in 2020; she has worked very hard through this last year – both when we could go into the gym and when we have been operating online.
“Emilie has attended the vast majority of our online sessions and is extremely keen to return to the gym once we’re given the go ahead to return."