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Little people, big moves - Sara Mungalsingh's magic touch

Published:Saturday | December 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMTamara Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Sara with some of her awards in gymnastics, academics, and other extracurricular activities.
Sara just before her Little Miss Manchester crowning.
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MANDEVILLE, Manchester:

Eight-year-old Sara Mungalsingh has been excelling in most, if not all, areas of her life and said it is her dream to continue the trend of winning.

"I really like dancing and gymnastics, and I have been doing it since I was five years old. As a baby, I was a climber, and I have seen the pictures. I climbed on anything I could climb on, and it was years after that my parents decided to have me start gymnastics... same climbing, but now, I win trophies," Sara told The Gleaner.

She says that it takes her a day to learn a routine, with rigorous rehearsals twice per week, but it is always worth it.

"I won the gold at the National Gymnastics Federation of Jamaica competition held in Kingston this year in my category, and I will go on to the USA Gymnastics in Florida in January. I was excited when I found out I was going to Florida, and I know I will do good," she said.

Sara and her younger sibling who both attended the Kings Monkton School in the UK while their mother completed her master's degree in clinical dermatology, said she has also been excelling in academics.

"... My favourite subject is math, and I have been top girl at my current school for 2016 and 2017. Sometimes my achievements are pretty easy, and sometimes they are pretty hard and I have to work hard.

For example, roundoff back handspring layout, is a move in gymnastics, and I find it very difficult because I'm short, but I always give everything I do 100 per cent... and I think it's important for everyone not to be shy but to just go after what they want."

Sara has won awards in gymnastics, beauty pageants and academics. Sara has won them all.

The reigning queen of the Little Miss Manchester Pageant said she hopes to one day represent Jamaica in gymnastics at the Olympics and later become a dentist.

Additionally, Sara says she hopes to do what she can in the near future to create world peace.

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