High flyer: Sydney Mason said she wants to make Bermuda proud when she represents the island at the Youth Commonwealth Games in September. *Photo supplied
High flyer: Sydney Mason said she wants to make Bermuda proud when she represents the island at the Youth Commonwealth Games in September. *Photo supplied
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 26: While most teenagers have been out in the sun enjoying their summer break Sydney Mason has been busy on the beam, the bars and the vault.

She’s just 13 but puts in nearly seven hours a day, five days a week at the Bermuda Gymnastics Association facility in St David’s while she is on holiday.

And even during term time the talented youngster puts in a good three hours practice after she leaves Bermuda High School.

Next month Mason is off to the Commonwealth Youth Games on the Isle of Man to represent Bermuda.

She is the youngest member of the Bermuda team of eight athletes and cyclists that leave for the UK next week and she’s the only one competing in the gymnastics competition.

“I just want to do the best I can do, and make Bermuda proud,” she says.

“I do a lot of training but I love gymnastics so I don’t feel like I miss out on anything. I get the weekends to have fun with my friends.

“I’m very excited about this competition. I’m sure I’ll be a little nervous when it starts but it will be an amazing experience.”

Sydney’s passion for gymnastics was sparked at the age of just four when she went to a summer camp at Whitney.

She said: “I loved it right from the start.

“I have been doing gymnastics for nearly 10 years now and I still get the same enjoyment from it.

“It’s always been a big part of my life.

“It is a big commitment too but gymnastics helps me mentally and physically and I get so much from it.”

Sydney is lucky to be able to travel to the Commonwealth Youth Games after she was involved in a nasty accident while on holiday in Northern Norway with her family last month.

The Pembroke teenager and her grandfather fell 45ft off a cliff while they were out driving on all terrain vehicles.

Fortunately she suffered only cuts and bruises.

Sydney will be taking part in all the individual events: the bars, the beam, the vault and the floor, at the Youth Games.

Her parents, Perry and Francine, will be there to cheer their daughter on — that is if they can get a ticket to the event.

Mrs Mason said: “We’ll be there, but at the moment I’m being told there are no more tickets to get into the gymnastics.

“I’m sure we’ll sort something out when we get there.

“We are very proud of what she has achieved. This is an incredible opportunity for her to get exposure at this level of competition.

“I’ll be a little bit nervous when it all begins but I’m sure she’ll do well.”