DEDICATED dancer Ella Richardson is a true champion - and she’s done it at the tender age of eight.
The Hartlepool youngster beat the challenge of 46 rivals to lift the modern section of the Durham County Dance Championships.
And she did it despite the challenge of nearly 50 rivals from all over the North East in the competition at Chester-le-Street.
Proud grandmother Janice Galbraith, 69, from the Fens area of Hartlepool, was there to watch Ella lift the title.
But that was not Ella’s only great performance. Janice said her granddaughter also placed sixth in the song and dance section of the same competition.
“There were 47 people in the section and they had come from all over the North East including Hartlepool,” said Janice.
But this is not Ella’s only success. She lifted a talent competition title at Flamingoland recently by performing the same routine.
Janice added: “She loves dancing. She is dedicated to it and she works really hard at it. From morning to night, she is on the go. She trains five days a week.”
Ella dances with the Watson Academy of Dance in Hartlepool. She has been with the academy since she was four.
She is a pupil at Fens Primary School which is where her brother, Thomas, aged six, also goes to school.
Mum Sharon Richardson, 39, is an estate agent manager working in Hartlepool.
Janice added: “Ella always hopes she is going to do well but all she wants is to reach the top six and get into the finals, or the semi-finals.
“Ella was cock-a-hoop when she won at the Durham championships but I was the one who was screaming and crying with joy.”
Next up for Ella is a dance competition in Jarrow this weekend.