Kaitlyn steps to a top dance title

Kaitlyn Crowther.
Kaitlyn Crowther.
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A PROUD mum today told how she screamed with delight when her daughter landed a top dancing crown.

Kaitlyn Crowther, 11, is back in the headlines just days after we exclusively told how her caring attitude had made her mum Nicola, 35, so proud.

Kaitlyn Crowther.

Kaitlyn Crowther.

Nicola was told by doctors she probably would not live beyond 30 after battling the type 3 form of Gaucher’s Disease.

The mum from the West View area of Hartlepool said last week that her fighting spirit was down to her “unbelievable” daughter who ran baths, cleaned, vacuumed, and helped with cooking during some of her darkest days.

Now Kaitlyn has proved she’s a winner in other ways.

She has just moved up to the intermediate level as a dancer but, despite her debut at the stage, won the slow category at the Northern Supreme Championships held in Hull.

Nicola Crowther and daughter Kaitlyn.

Nicola Crowther and daughter Kaitlyn.

Kaitlyn, who dances with the Kimberley Gough Dance School, in Hartlepool, beat 20 rivals and Nicola said: “We were hoping she would got into the top three but when her number was shouted out as the winner, I was screaming. I am so proud of her.”

Nicola, of Wingfield Close, in Hartlepool, has the most serious form of Gaucher’s which is a genetic disease in which a fatty substance accumulates in cells and certain organs. It affects every one of her internal organs except her heart. It also affects her bones and parts of her brain.

The condition is so rare, she has to make trips to a specialist doctor in Cambridge for treatment once every three months where she receives enzyme replacement treatment.

But daughter Kaitlyn is one of the reasons why she keeps up her fighting spirit and Nicola added: “I am over the moon with her achievements. She can’t wait until she gets to compete again.”