By Grace Jones
SEVEN-year-old Ruby Beckett somersaulted her way to success at the WA Trampoline and Tumbling Qualifying Competition in Perth recently.
After her outstanding performance, the pint-sized gymnast will be jetting off to Melbourne next year to compete in the 2018 Australian Gymnastics Championships.
Ruby joined Albany’s Flip Zone trampolining centre during school holidays last year and immediately excelled.
“She said she wanted to do gymnastics over the holi- days,” Ruby’s mother, Melita Kingsford, said.
“I was driving through Albany doing some odds and ends when I spotted Flip Zone.
“She’s loved it ever since. Every night she flips around the living room, does handstands and push-ups.
“I’m extremely proud of her.”
Ruby travels from Denmark every week for practice sessions lasting anywhere from two to four hours.
Ruby’s coach Kay Panton said she was amazed that Ruby qualified for the national championships in the first round of qualifiers.
“She’s got three more qualifiers in March next year that she still has to compete in,” she said.
“But I’m hoping she’ll go on to be a national cham- pion.
“She’s quite easily the most naturally talented child to walk through my doors. She’s very special.”