A teenager has made her family ultra-proud yet again by lifting a dance title.
Kaitlyn Crowther, 13, from Hartlepool, took first spot in her category at a dance championships which were held in Newcastle.
She came out on top in the under 14 intermediate solo section as well as taking first place in the under 14 slow section.
But her success did not end there as she also triumphed in the under 14 pairs section.
Her success brought great joy to her mum Nicola who was not able to get to the competition.
Nicola, 37, is battling a rare condition called Gaucher’s Disease.
Nicola was told by doctors she probably would not live beyond 30 after battling the type 3 form of the illness which affects every one of her internal organs except her heart. It also affects her bones and parts of her brain.
The proud Hartlepool mum said: “I was unable to attend as I haven’t been too well lately and needed to have injections so was unable to travel with Kaitlyn.”
But that did not stop Nicola from telling how extremely proud she was of her talented daughter.
She said: “We are so proud of her, she has done so well. I’m so grateful for the fantastic support the dance school have given to her especially when I’m not there.”
Kaitlyn’s fantastic achievements have regularly hit the Hartlepool Mail headlines.
She won the Carer of the Year category at the Hartlepool Mail’s Best of Hartlepool Awards which were held earlier this year. She picked up the title for all the help she has given to her mum.
And she has enjoyed many successes on the dance floor as well.
Last year, she excelled at the Nissan Sports trophy day in Sunderland where Kaitlyn, who dances with the Kimberley Gough Dance Academy which is based in Hartlepool, was up against 37 other competitors in her division.
Yet she still managed to take top spot in under 12 fast solo, as well as the under 12 slow solo and under 12 intermediate of the day solo star.
Previously, Nicola gave praise to the dance school for supporting her daughter and helping her to shine.
Nicola has lived with Gaucher’s Disease for around 30 years but Kaitlyn has always been there to help.
She has the most serious form of the genetic disease in which a fatty substance accumulates in cells and certain organs.
The condition is so rare, she has to make trips to a specialist doctor in Cambridge for treatment