Welsh Artistic Championships attracts Olympic and international gymnasts

THE Welsh Open Championships and first Commonwealth Games Selection Trail has attracted gymnasts from as far away as South Africa and India, including Ashish Kumar who won the first ever men’s gymnastics medal for India at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010.

In addition to international gymnasts, clubs from across the UK and Northern Ireland will be taking part in the two-day competition.

The list of Women’s Welsh senior gymnasts who are competing includes Senior British Gymnastics Artistic Team members Georgina Hockenhull, who trains at Park Wrekin, winner of the Women’s Artistic Gymnast of the Year at the Welsh Gymnastics Awards 2013, Raer Theaker and Angel Romaeo and Lizzie Beddoe and Jessica Hogg, all from Cardiff Central Youth Club, and Rebecca Moore of Phoenix Gymnastics.

Welsh Senior Male Gymnasts competing include Harry Owen, Robert Sansby, Grant Gardiner, Barry YMCA’s Iwan Mepham, Ben Dennis, Joseph Rowlands Clinton Purnell, who was awarded Men’s Artistic Gymnast of the Year at the Welsh Gymnastics Awards for 2013, and Nathan Mullet from Vale Gymnastics Club, Matthew Hennessey of Olympus Gymnastics Club and Swansea Gymnastics Club’s Cilan Thomas and Jac Davies.

Olympic gymnasts Rebecca Tunney and Hannah Whelan, both from City of Liverpool, will be attending alongside British senior gymnasts Ruby Harrold from The Academy and Charlie Fellows from City of Liverpool.

There will also be Junior and Espoire gymnasts competing over the weekend. The Welsh Championships is a great opportunity for these gymnasts to prepare for the British Championships at the end of March and competitions and events throughout the year. The list of Espoir gymnasts includes Welsh Gymnastics' Most Promising Women’s Artistic Gymnast of the Year 2013 Latalia Bevan, Maisie Methuen, Emily Thomas, Paige Thomas Holly Jones and Adrienne Emmanuel. Among the Welsh juniors competing are Annalise Evans, Harriet Moore, Sasha Winton, Hana Davies and Lizzie Dare.

Welsh Gymnastics are pleased to announce that the competition will take place on a new Gymnova coil-sprung floor, funded by Sports Wales. The floor will be one of two of its type in use in the UK, which is used at the World Championships and will be used for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

The Welsh Championships will take place on March 1 and 2. The Men’s Competition will take place on Saturday, March 1, and the Women’s will take place on Sunday, March 2.

Tickets at £5 each are now on sale.

Call 02920 334965 to purchase tickets or for more information.

You can also email sam.elliott@welshgymnastics.org or office@welshgymnastics.org

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