Nottingham Emmanuel School student Ramiyah Kofi has achieved a string of successes in Gymnastics which has now led to her appointment to the England Squad 2018/9 and as a reserve for the GB Junior Squad.
14-year-old Ramiyah said the news came after she won a British Junior Silver on vault at the British Championships at Echo Arena.
“My coach got an email confirming my selection for the England Squad and GB reserves and sent me a text. I think my mum was much more excited than I was! She is so supportive of me and very proud to hear that I have made it into the England Squad. I couldn’t have done this without her support, she is always by my side, and she gives me good pep talks when I am having a bad day!”
Ramiyah says her ultimate goal is to compete for her country. “I think you need to believe in yourself, even when you think you are failing because you are probably not. Every Gymnast will have their up and down moments. My heroes are Ellie and Becky Downie because they train with me and that inspires me.”
Ramiyah trains 24 hours every week and says she is determined to make the most of her opportunities “The vault is my strongest piece and the one I find least scary! I am pretty confident on that piece. I want to be like the other seniors, trying my best and doing well. I still get a bit nervous before I compete, but I just take a deep breath and go with it.”
Ramiyah’s journey has been closely followed by The Nottingham Emmanuel School and Year 9’s Achievement and Pastoral Manager, Julie Morley, who says the whole school is proud of Ramiyah’s achievements.
“Alongside Ramiyah’s flourishing gymnastic progress we see a delightful young lady who is fully committed to her studies.
Despite leaving school early some days and having one afternoon per week off for training, Ramiyah gives 100% effort to all of her work. She is growing in independence and juggles her competition calendar and schoolwork without complaint. I am sure that this fantastic attitude will set her up for success in all aspects of her life.”
Ramiyah says that she thinks her training helps with her studies too. “My school is really supportive of me and has been since I started in year 7. I actually think my experiences in Gymnastics helps me in my school life too, it definitely helps you to face your obstacles!”