High praise for champion gymnast Holly

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A Stretton-under-Fosse teenager who won four gold medals at this year’s Special Olympics World Games has been given a warm welcome home.

Champion gymnast Holly Riseborough also won a silver medal to add to her haul at the games, which took place in Los Angeles earlier this summer.

The 19-year-old performing arts student was part of the Great Britain team which travelled to the games, where 6,500 athletes from 165 countries competed in 25 events.

Holly, taking part in her first World Games, won gold in the uneven bars, vault and floor events, while taking silver on the beam.

She also walked away with the all round gold for artistic gymnastics.

Holly, a member of Coventry Empire Gymnastics Academy and Special Olympics Coventry, was recently invited to a reception at Rugby town hall by the mayor of Rugby, Cllr Richard Dodd.

Cllr Dodd said: “It was great to meet Holly and hear about her success at the World Games.

“Her five medal haul was a fantastic achievement and I was delighted to welcome her to the town hall and congratulate her on behalf of the borough.”

Currently studying performing arts at Warwickshire College’s Rugby site, Holly has been an active gymnast for 12 years and has already competed in the National Gymnastics Competition 2006, Special Olympics National Games 2009, Special Olympics National Games 2013 and Special Olympics Jersey Open.

Holly also finds time to pursue her interest in amateur dramatics as a member of Warwick Youth Theatre and helps to instruct a Mencap dance group, as well as another group for older ladies, while in addition she volunteers at Tesco.