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Bright Young Thing: meet the gymnast from Tunbridge Wells

PUBLISHED: 08:51 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:39 20 February 2013

Bright Young Thing: meet the gymnast from Tunbridge Wells

Bright Young Thing: meet the gymnast from Tunbridge Wells

Holly Freeman, 24, on becoming a British Gymnastics tutor and assessor

Bright Young Thing: meet the gymnast from Tunbridge Wells


Holly Freeman, 24, on becoming a British Gymnastics tutor and assessor



Tell us about yourself


My name is Holly Freeman, Im 24 and I live in Tunbridge Wells. I went to school at Beacon Community College in Crowborough and my mum, dad and older brother live in Hartfield, East Sussex.


I began competing internationally in Sports Acrobatics gymnastics from the age of nine and achieved bronze at my first competition, the British Championships. At the age of 12, I took home silver for Great Britain at the European Championships in Poland, which was my proudest moment!



What are you doing now?


I became a gymnastics coach at 16 and am now the Head Coach at Next Dimension Gymnastic Academy, so my days are spent training my two acrobatics squads for regional competitions, taking classes and looking after the day-to-day running of the club.


In the autumn, I was invited to become a Tutor by British Gymnastics (BG), which is the sports UK national governing body. This will make me one of only two BG Tutors in the south east and the only one in Kent.


Im due to begin Level 1 tutoring for gymnastic coaches in Kent and Sussex in January and Ill be completing the Level 2 training in March. I've also just been asked to become a British Gymnastics assessor, which means I'll assess coaches in their exams and confirm whether they've passed.


Im a Level 4 Sports Acrobatics coach and am qualified in Level 2 Pre-school, Level 2 Tumbling and Level 1 General gymnastics. I also teach Level 2 Freestyle, which is a recognised gymnastic discipline, similar to free-running but performed in a safe environment.



What are your ambitions for the future?


Id like to run several successful academies all over the country.



Whats the best thing about living in Kent?


I have only lived in Tunbridge Wells for the past 12 months; however I love the area as everything I need is on my doorstep, within walking distance.



Do you have any other hobbies?


Gymnastics is my passion, but when Im not at the academy thinking about new routines or my squads competitions, I like meeting up with friends and going to nice restaurants.



Whats your favourite music?


As a gymnast, music has always been very important to me. When Im choreographing, I choose music to suit the gymnast one of my team is very balletic, so classical music works well, whereas another performs best to a strong beat and pop tracks.


At home, I enjoy dubstep and my favourite artists are Nero, Skrillex and Knife Party. At the academys launch event in October 2011, the coaches performed to a dubstep track, so Im sure Ill always associate it with work!


We are looking for talented youn gpeople in Ketn under the age of 25 as future 'Bright Young Things.' To apply please email: editor@kent-life.co.uk with your details.

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