A Year 7 student has qualified for the World Irish Dancing Championships.

Rory Hay won the Under-12 category at the Midlands Qualifiers in Coventry and will go on to compete at the World Championships in April 2018 in Glasgow.

This will be the second time that Rory will compete at the World Championships, which is set to attract more than 14,500 dancers and supporters, after finishing 20th in last year’s event.

Rory is currently dancing around six times a week at the Irish Centre in Derby and at Djanogly Academy in Nottingham.

He said: “I think it’s quite good that I won my category at the Midlands competition as the Under-12s has the most dancers.

“I am dancing six times a week and that can be for about two to three and a half hours at a time.

“I was at the World Championships last year and finished 20th out of about 90 dancers. I would really like to win the World Championships one day.”

Kevin Gritton, head teacher, congratulated Rory on making it to the World Championships.

He said: “A massive well done to Rory for making it to the World Championships, which is an incredible achievement. We are sure that one day he will go on to achieve his dream and win the competition. We will certainly be cheering him on and wish him the best of luck at the competition next year.”

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