Gold rush for tap dance star Owen

Teenager Owen Broughton has won double gold at the World Tap Dancing Championships.

Teenager Owen Broughton has won double gold at the World Tap Dancing Championships.

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A tap dance star is celebrating after helping his country seal a haul of medals.

Owen Broughton, 17, from South Shore, won two gold medals after competing at the International Dance Organisation’s 2014 World Championships in Germany.

World Tap Dance Championships - Team England

World Tap Dance Championships - Team England

Representing England, fleet-footed Owen helped his team win the Adult Formation and Adult Small Group categories, defending their titles from the previous year’s event.

Team manager Jo Scanlan said: “Owen was a big part of the team and helped us to win two gold medals.

“His first dance was in the highly competitive Adult Formation section with a show-stopping and stylised Alice in Wonderland routine, in honour of the centenary of Lewis Carroll’s classic books.

“He then helped the 24-strong side to win the Adult Small Group section, defending both titles from last year’s event.

“It was quite nerve-wracking going back to perform again but I was proud of everyone’s efforts.”

Under the watchful eye of the international tap dancing world, Owen and the 46 strong-team fought off competition from around 2,000 dancers from 18 countries, including the likes of Switzerland and Canada, to win four golds, two silvers and three bronze medals in December.

Jo added: “When you look at the history not many teams go back the next year and defend the title.

“Everyone is thinking you can’t do it again, but it is was our year and a great performance from the team.”