Gymnast’s going for gold at the Commonwealth Games

Seriena Johnrose
Seriena Johnrose
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Garstang gymnast Seriena Johnrose has made her first tentative steps back into the gym as she bids to win a place in the Northern Ireland squad for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 24-year-old has been out of action since taking a break from the sport more than two years ago.

But motivated by her performance at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, held in Delhi, India - where she finished 14th overall - Johnrose, who trains at Garstang School of Gymnastics, is determined to have another shot at competing on the big stage.

Coupled with that is Johnrose’s long-term goal of earning a coveted place on the team of the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, which would see her perform on various shows around the globe.

Johnrose, whose father Graham is Irish, knows all about making comebacks - she battled back from a career-threatening injury as a teenager to earn selection for Delhi.

She said: “I’m back in training now and I have contacted the Northern Ireland team about competing in the Commonwealth Games next year.

“It just depends on whether I can get my skills and fitness back in time for next year. I’d like to compete again.

“The long-term goal is to audition for Cirque du Soleil, but I need to get my skills back to be able to do that.

“I have a friend who is performing with Cirque du Soleil and she is in Las Vegas at the moment. I do plan to get in touch with her.

“I think it will be a case of me sending audition tapes off and it all depends if they will be interested or not.”

“I had such a great time in Delhi. It will be good to see if I can improve upon my placings from last time.”