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Lichfield schoolgirl celebrates after being named Midlands Irish dancing champion

A Lichfield schoolgirl is celebrating after being named the regional under 10 Irish dancing champion.

Heidi Hawkes

Heidi Hawkes

Heidi Hawkes beat competitors from across the Midlands to win in Coventry.

Heidi Hawkes dancing at the Midlands Oireachtas

The 10-year-old, who dances for the Birmingham-based Kidd School, retained the title she won last year.

It’s the latest success for the St Joseph’s Primary School pupil who qualified for the 2019 World Championships at the British Nationals earlier this year.

Heidi said: “It was great to dance with all of my friends from all of the other schools.

“Winning was a brilliant feeling. Being able to celebrate with my family and teachers from the Kidd School and then dance in the Parade of Champions was amazing.”

The 10-year-old is now hoping to compete at the All Ireland Championships in Killarney as well as the World Championships in North Carolina, USA next year.

She is fundraising to help support her dream of appearing at the global Irish dancing showcase. People can donate online.

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