A 12-year-old girl with autism, ADHD and other learning difficulties, who we featured earlier this month after being selected to represent the UK at Autism’s Got Talent, has successfully performed her gymnastics routine at London’s Mermaid Theatre.
Caitlin Churcher who lives with her mum and sister Charlotte, 15, at Bryanston, began gymnastics at Tumble Tots when she was three and now trains several times a week at Blandford Forum Gymnastics and Kanga Club, competing in mainstream competitions across the south-west.
This month’s event, which was a national talent search run by Anna Kennedy a charity founder and autism ambassador, and ended up attracting autistic talent from as far away as Italy and beyond, was arranged to raise awareness of autism and to show people just how talented people with Autism can be.
Caitlin was overwhelmed by all she support she was given and celebrities such as Jo Redman, David and Carrie Grant and Lennox Lewis were just a few praising the talent on the evening. Although Caitlin was very nervous she performed to 'Defying Gravity' from the musical Wicked, and she quite literally defied gravity.
As a result of being on Autism's got Talent Caitlin has already been selected to take part in future events, including at the National Autism Show, held at the ExCel in London on the 13th and 14th June.
Caitlin is very keen to take on any further challenges to raise the awareness of autism and her talents and welcomes any ideas anyone may have.