A TALENTED young dancer from Omagh has proven that with hard work, dedication and perseverance you can achieve your wildest dreams – no matter what age you are.
Niamh Tracey was recently crowned winner of the ‘World Champion Girls under 18’ competition during the prestigious World Championships, held recently in City West in Dublin.
Ironically though, the Omagh Academy student’s dancing career began at the age of ten, which is relatively old to begin the technical sport!
However due to her natural flair, Niamh’s dancing teacher Patricia Wilson saw that there was a world champion in the making after just two years of training.
Proud mother, Maria, said that all of the Tracey family are “still on cloud nine” as they continue to celebrate Niamh’s amazing achievement.
“Being a world champion dancer is just a dream come true for Niamh,” she said. “It’s something that every dancer hopes for. It was wonderful watching all of the hard work that Niamh and her dance teacher, Patricia, put in pay off and we’re still all on cloud nine at the moment.”
Niamh, who is currently studying for her A-Levels and wishes to attend university next year, attends three classes per week in Cappagh Parish Centre in Killyclogher.
“Niamh started her dancing career aged ten, which is quite late,” Maria explained. “It all started off as a hobby, but Niamh took to it like a duck to water and she has
excelled. We are all so proud.”
Aside from being named a world champion dancer, in her short dancing career Niamh has won championships all over Ireland and she is also the proud holder of two Ulster Titles.
Patricia Wilson, too, is celebrating her personal success as a dance teacher – she has now achieved her life-long goal of producing a world champion. It takes an awful lot of hard work, dedication and self-belief, plus a positive attitude to do this,” Patricia said. “I felt such a great sense of satisfaction and pride watching my pupil perform my material to such a high standard.
“I believe in taking children at a very gradual pace, giving material to suit each dancer’s capabilities.”
She added, “It was also a very special moment for me being presented with my ‘teacher’s prize’ knowing that my mother was there in the audience.”
To date, Patricia’s dancing school boasts 15 Ulster Titles, four All-Ireland and International Titles and one World Title.
Patricia has expressed her sincerest thanks to Fr McElhatton and to John Hutchinson for her continued use of the Killyclogher Hall.