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Wales and Llanelli gymnast Laura Halford is celebrating after becoming Senior British Rhythmic Champion for the fourth time.

The 21-year-old scored 60.600, with an outstanding performance across four apparatus; the hoop, ribbon, ball and clubs.
Between them, Laura, and fellow Llanelli Rhythmic gymnast Gemma Frizelle, 19, scooped five gold, two silver and one bronze medal in senior competition at the 2017 British Gymnastics Championship Series, rounding off an impressive weekend for Welsh gymnasts in Liverpool.

With Gemma winning silver in the senior all-around, the Commonwealth Games selection event has boosted both women's chances of  representing Wales in Australia for Gold Coast 2018 after powerful performances at the Welsh Rhythmic Championships earlier in July.
After regaining her title in Liverpool, an elated Laura said: “I feel amazing, it's been a really tough year, I've had lots of competitions and lots of training so just to know it's all paid off is really good.
"I started on hoop and I did a really good routine, got my highest score this year, 16.3, so I was really happy with that."
Looking ahead to representing Great Britain at the World Championships in Italy at the end of August, Laura added: "Hopefully I can keep fixing up all the little mistakes so I can be even better then.”

Welsh Rhythmic Gymnastics senior medals - 2017 British Gymnastics Championship Series

Laura Halford: Gold in all-around; clubs, ribbon and hoop; silver in ball
Gemma Frizelle: Gold in ball; silver in all-around; bronze in ribbon

A big congratulations to everyone who competed, and especially to British Champion Laura.