Talent show boost for Olympic hoax dancer

Charlotte Ashmead, from Kettering, is taking part in the Teen Queen UK competition. She had been one of the victims of the Olympic dancing hoax by Stephen Moonesamy
Charlotte Ashmead, from Kettering, is taking part in the Teen Queen UK competition. She had been one of the victims of the Olympic dancing hoax by Stephen Moonesamy

The mum of one of the schoolchildren victims of the Olympics closing ceremony hoax says taking part in a national competition for teenage girls has restored her confidence.

Charlotte Ashmead, from Kettering, was one of the dancers duped by Stephen Moonesamy into thinking they would perform at London 2012. Moonesamy was jailed last year for fraud.

Charlotte’s mum Jane said being chosen to proceed to the online voting section of the Teen Queen UK comptition had boosted her confidence, which had been shattered by Moonesamy’s deception.

Teen Queen UK encourages girls to be positive role models, to work with charities and to care for the environment.

“Charlotte had worked really hard to be picked to dance at the Olympics, the auditions were gruelling,” Jane said. “After this her confidence was shattered and it has taken a long time to repair that. Getting through to this Teen Queen competition has been a real boost to her and to get to the final would be an amazing experience for her.”

Charlotte, 13, is a pupil at Latimer Arts College. To vote for her, text TQ25 to 81319 or call 0900 5961000 from a landline, where she is candidate number 25.

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