THE girls of the Llanelli Rhythmic Gymnastic Academy recently represented Great Britain at the RG Atlantic Cup in Portugal where they brought home a number of gold medals.

The competition took place last weekend between the 8th and 13th November. Over 180 gymnasts took part from over 10 countries.

6-year-old Grace Woods claimed a gold medal in rope and a bronze medal in free.

7-year-old Imogen Coslett won gold in rope, Imogen Clyde won bronze with clubs, Grace Owen won gold in clubs and Mali Lane won silver in clubs.

Emily Cullen, Nia Roberts, Skyla Simms, Lauryn Carpenter and Elizabeth Popova all brought home a gold silver and a bronze medal.

Head coach Linda Thomas has said she is very proud of all the girls and is looking forward to returning next year.

Speaking to Llanelli Online, Linda said: “The gymnasts thoroughly enjoyed themselves, they learnt a lot and have come back home really motivated.

“I am very proud of the girls. Some of the top countries took part in the competition, but we were not out of our depth.

“Not everything went perfect on the day, but it was a great experience and also it gave us an understanding of where we were.”

“We have seen an increase in the number of girls taking part in the sport, we have also seen an increase in the success and this has resulted in more wanting to join the academy which is a great positive.”

What is Rhythmic Gymnastics?

Rhythmic gymnastics is a women-only event in which gymnasts perform on a floor with a rope, hoop, ball, clubs or ribbon accompanied by music, in individual or group events.

In the Olympics, since its integration into the Games in 1984 in Los Angeles, rhythmic gymnastics has always been a part of the Olympic programme. In its inaugural year, it was Canada’s Lori Fung who won the gold medal.

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