A talented young dancer is jumping for joy after landing sponsorship to help her compete around the country.
For the last three years, Caitlin Nelson has been making her mark in freestyle disco dancing, with third and sixth places at the British Championships among her achievements this year.
The 15-year-old pupil at Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington has impressed bosses at North East-based print service provider, SOS Group Ltd, who have just renewed their sponsorship of Caitlin for a second year.
Caitlin’s mum, Gayle said: “We’re never in one spot for long because Caitlin works so hard.
“She dances or trains almost every night and at the weekend we’re at competitions.
“It’s great to know SOS Group also have such confidence in Caitlin. We really appreciate their sponsorship and it helps us with all the travel, tuition and competition costs. Caitlin’s come a long way in a short time and we’ve seen the positive effect dancing has had on her confidence and outlook.
“She has such a great passion for dance and she’s doing all this while she’s studying at school and helping out with younger dancers, too. We’re all very proud of her.”
Andrew Skelton, a director at SOS Group, said: “It can often be difficult for competitors in individual sports and activities like this to find additional funds to help with training and competitions.
“We’re proud to continue our support for Caitlin.”
“She’s an extremely talented and committed young lady and very deserving of support.”
Freestyle disco judges mark on technique, presentation, speed and technical difficulty. Competitions are divided into two sections, the acrobatic ‘freestyle dance’ and the slower ‘solo dance’.
Caitlin is a dancer at the Xplode School of Dance in Ashington. She would like to become a teacher and assists dance school principal, Natasha Greig, with the beginners’ classes.
Caitlin said: “Dancing means the world to me. I love it because you forget about everything else when you’re doing it.
“I can get quite nervous before a competition but afterwards you feel like you’ve really achieved something, so it’s always worth the effort. My next goal is to become a Premier Dancer before my 16th birthday.”
SOS Group Ltd launched in 2002 to supply digital office equipment, related software and support.
It has a longstanding tradition of local charity support and is the key sponsor for fundraiser Mark ‘Run Geordie Run’ Allison as he continues his Around the World running challenge.