Stars of the future...

HOPES Gymnast Alexia Welsh
HOPES Gymnast Alexia Welsh
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IT’S not often that sporty children form the centrepiece of an art exhibition.

But digital artist Aaron Bennett, from Havant, decided to showcase sporting stars of the future from his home town in an exhibition at The Spring, in East Street.

Twenty nominations were collected from local sporting clubs and schools.

All genres from football to boxing were covered, but Aaron decided to highlight lesser-known sporting disciplines.

Among those featured in Havant Sporting Future, which runs until September 19, is talented Alexia Welsh.

The nine-year-old, from Chichester, is a trophy-winning artistic gymnast and trains at Park Community School in Leigh Park.

She has set her sights on competing in the Olympic Games in eight years.

She said: ‘I love the picture. I love gymnastics. I’ve been doing it since I was four.’

Tennis player Aiden Brusby, 15, of Durham Gardens, Waterlooville, was pictured at his changing rooms at Purbrook Park School for the exhibition.

Aiden plays at Denmead Tennis Club and has been honing his racket skills since the age of six when he started playing the sport with his parents.

About his portrait at museum Aiden said: ‘I quite like the look of it.

‘I hadn’t actually seen my portrait until I went there.’

The other subjects of the exhibitions are Tyler George, who does tumbling, motorcyclist Rowan Miller, swimmer Oliver Jermy, and Oscar Bird, who does fencing.

On the exhibition, Aaron, who is self-taught, said: ‘It can be hard for people to hear your voice, no matter what your talent. You can slip through the net and never have the credit you deserve.’