Kali dances her way to medal success

Medal-winning Alford Highland dancer Kali Smith

Medal-winning Alford Highland dancer Kali Smith

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A young Highland dancer from Alford has a medal haul to be proud of following a busy summer of competition throughout Scotland.

Kali Smith, 6, has travelled the length and breadth of the country with mum Faye every weekend to take part in Highland games and shows.

I’m as proud as Punch of her and delighted with the way she has come on

Faye Smith Kali’s Mother

The Alford Primary pupil won 83 medals over the holidays, 56 of them for first place.

Since February, the youngster has amassed an amazing 141 - 72 for top spot. Her total collection, since she started competing aged four, is 155.

Faye, 40, has to transport her daughter to the hectic programme of events, including a weekly trip to Lesley Bowman in Dundee for lessons.

But the mother-of-three would have it no other way.

She told the Piper: “I’m as proud as Punch of her and delighted with the way she has come on. She has done amazingly well.

“Kali just loves her dancing. She is actually really shy, but you would never think that once she gets up on the dancing boards.”

And there will be no let-up now that the summer dancing season is over.

Faye will be clocking up the miles in the family car taking her daughter to indoor competitions throughout the North-east and further afield until December.

Kali, who started dancing at two, said: “I really enjoy my dancing and look forward to the competitions.

“My mum if very good at taking me.”

And her ambition - to compete in the world Highland dancing championships at Cowal.