February 26, 2020
BRILLIANT Lucie Wylie has a tie dilemma after being handed a place on Dyke House Academy’s prestigious Elite Development Squad scholarship scheme.
The excellent Year 7 gymnast, who competes at a national level for Hartlepool Gymnastics Club, has been rewarded for her fine progress and she is determined to make sure it continues.
Lucie was presented with her latest tie this week, something which only top tier scholars on the Elite scheme are presented with at Dyke House.
But the 12-year-old already wears a different tie to many because she is one of the chosen few to form part of the Student Voice team at the Northern Education Trust academy.
“I am so pleased,” said Lucie. “The fact I have only been here for a few months, and how far I have come already, is ridiculous.
“My mam, Sarah, and dad, Ian, are both extremely proud. It makes me feel really good. Now I have two special ties, I might have to rotate them each week!
“My mam actually said I should ask Mr Palmer if I can get Elite gymnast embroidered on the bottom of the Student Voice tie!”
The Student Voice team gets together to come up with ideas to help the constant drive to maintain and improve high standards at Dyke House.
Lucie stays behind at school most nights before heading to gymnastics to train on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There are more sessions on a Saturday and any competition tends to be on a Sunday.
The former St Aidan’s Primary pupil will head to Redcar on March 16 for her next regional grades and she has high standards to build on.
Lucie competes regionally and nationally. She is currently preparing to compete at Regional Grade 1, which is the highest regional grade, and next year she hopes to be eligible to qualify for British NDP Championships.
“I am doing regional grades and you start at grade 6 and go through to Grade 1, advanced skills,” she said. “I missed out a couple of grades because I was able to perform skills for the higher grades so I progressed straight to them.
“The higher grade gymnasts go once a year to the Manchester Open or the Hannah Whelan Competition, a big Invitational.
“I first competed aged seven when I got a first overall, I got a giant trophy, and also a first with my team. My biggest achievements so far is probably placing seventh in Manchester in a national competition.”
Lucie competes in floor, beam, bars and on the vault. Floor is her favourite when she performs to ‘I Shine’ by Infected Mushroom.
She believes the vault is her strongest apparatus but hopes extra strength and conditioning sessions, as well as flexibility training, she will receive as part of Dyke House’s Elite scheme will improve her all round performance.
“I am not the most flexible gymnast, so I am hoping the extra sessions will help me in different ways, I think it will be very beneficial,” said Lucie, who started gymnastics aged four.
“I already stay back after school for Student Voice and different things. I really like it.
“I have settled in well to life at Dyke House because the teachers are nice, I get along with everyone and I’ve made a lot of friends.
“My mam has always said I am a chatterbox, and that I can be a great role model. Mr Richardson said I am a natural leader too, so that was nice to hear.”
Dyke House’s Head of Physical Education Mrs Leanne Smith said: “Lucie has had some fantastic achievements already. She is a determined young lady who always puts in 100 percent effort to achieve her best.
“A place on the Elite Development Squad is thoroughly deserved and we all wish her good luck in her up-coming grades too.”