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Rhythmic gymnasts Laura Halford, 21 and 19-year-old Gemma Frizelle both made good starts at their first selection event to represent Wales at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

 Appearing at the Welsh Rhythmic Championships on 8 and 9 July, Laura retained her individual all-around title and came first in all the apparatus events, with Gemma placed second in each.

The pair are among four Rhythmic gymnasts competing for a maximum of three places for Wales, with Carys Davies aged 17 and Abigail Hanford, 15 also in contention to travel to Gold Coast 2018.

Results summary

Individual all-around competition – Saturday

1st: Laura Halford 

2nd: Gemma Frizelle

3rd:  Carys Davies

Apparatus Final – Sunday 

Hoop                    1st Laura, 2nd Gemma, 3rd Abigail

Ball                       1st Laura, 2nd Gemma, 3rd Abigail

Clubs                    1st Laura, 2nd Gemma, 3rd Abigail

Ribbon                 1st Laura, 2nd Gemma, 3rd Carys

Jo Coombs, Welsh Gymnastics Head of Performance and Excellence is upbeat about the Rhythmic gymnasts’ Commonwealth Games prospects.

“We are confident that we have great medal potential following on from our unprecedented eight Rhythmic Gymnastics medals at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014,” Jo added.

The weekend’s event was also a chance for the gymnasts to try out their routines for the first time in public before the Rhythmic Gymnastics British Championships which start on 27 July at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.