England has finally had some success at a World Cup, and it has come in the form of four Enfield children.
Rebecca Yianni, seven, of Cockfosters, along with siblings Christian, nine, Isabella, seven and Grace Chiotis, six, of Winchmore Hill, all came come home with medals from the Dance World Cup in Portugal.
The children’s tournament saw 26 countries send teams from across the world, with England emerging victorious.
But it was almost a very different story for the Chiotis family, who were due to fly out four days before the event started on June 29, 2014.
Proud mother Stella Chiotis said: “We almost had a very near disaster as we were due to fly from Luton with Easy Jet on June 25. After checking our bags onto the flight we were informed that our flight was cancelled due to Air France traffic control strikes.
“After months of rehearsing and preparing for this prestigious event you can imagine how we were feeling.
"After waiting three hours to reclaim our bags, I spent that night and next morning trying to arrange a last minute flight to Portugal so my children could represent their country.
“We eventually managed to book ourselves on to a flight so the children could be there in time.”
It was worth the wait as the trio came back with no less than 15 medals, nine golds and six silvers.
Nicky Yianni, mother of Rebecca, told the Enfield Independent she could not have been happier after her daughter won gold at her first World Cup.
She said: “It was incredible, she was so excited to perform in front of thousands of people and I couldn’t believe that she came back with gold.”
Performing modern dance in a group of seven, Rebecca triumphed with her fellow dance class pupils from Dance Design in Hertfordshire.
Mrs Yianni added: “She loves doing dancing, it’s all she does every day and we are all so proud she enjoyed herself and managed to win."