Kenilworth schoolgirl becomes world champion - The Leamington Observer

Kenilworth schoolgirl becomes world champion

Ian Hughes 2nd May, 2017   0

FLEET-FOOTED Kenilworth schoolgirl Molly McGrory is celebrating after winning a world title.

The Crackley Hall pupil won the U11 age group Irish Dancing World Championships in Dublin during the Easter holidays.

Molly joined some 5,000 elite competitors from across the world who descended on the Irish capital for the annual world championships.

She stomped the floorboards and leapt into the air through a series of heats and regional finals to get through to the final 50 and be acclaimed as the best in her age group.

This was the first time that Molly had entered the competition. Dancing in the youngest age category, she was competing against dancers from as far afield as New Zealand and Australia.

In the final each of the competitors initially performed two dances, the Hornpipe and the Reel, and the top 50 were then called back for a third final performance, a set dance to their choice of music.

Molly, who trains at the Turley Duggan Academy of Irish Dancing, has been dancing since she was three-years-old and practices four days a week.

Molly said: “The best bit was when they announced ‘and the world champion is…’ and my heart leapt as I heard my name. I was so pleased to win and it was really special because my mum was U11 World Champion too.”

Crackley hall headmaster said the school was proud of Molly’s achievement.

“We applaud Molly on her amazing triumph. It takes talent and dedication to become a world champion. We encourage our pupils to discover and nurture their talents and we will be celebrating Molly’s inspirational achievement in assembly this week.”

World champion Molly McGrory with her trophy. (s)

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