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Commonwealth gymnasts Jea Maracha, Sofia Micallef, Mali Morgan and Poppy Stickler made a special visit to Penylan House Nursing Home in Cardiff on Tuesday to spend some time with the residents.

The residents at Penylan House were proud supporters of our Team Wales gymnasts throughout the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, in particular Jea – whose mother Erma Maracha works as a carer at the home.

And our women’s artistic gymnasts were more than delighted to accept the kind invitation for afternoon tea from Penylan House earlier this week to share their experiences and celebrate their success.

The home had been fabulously decorated with balloons, bunting and pictures of the girls.

The residents were excited to meet and greet our Welsh gymnasts and were able to share their years of experiences on how to live a long and full life.

They also took part in some warm-up stretches, with resident John showing the girls just how flexible he can be at the age of 98!

John said: “It is lovely to be young and to keep focused in reaching your dreams. They need to keep going because they are marvellous! I want to see them in the next Olympic Games.”

Meanwhile resident Bryn, aged 100, said: “I very much enjoyed their visit, I think they are wonderful. They are committed to what they want, but a piece of advice will be to enjoy every moment!”

Flor Nessbert, Activities Coordinator at Penylan House, said: “They were very excited when they found out the girls were visiting.

“We aim to keep our residents connected with what is happening outside our home. It gives them sense of belonging; it is important to be connected with the young generations.

“During the Commonwealth Games, our residents supported our Welsh gymnasts and did not miss a day without watching and following the news.

“We were so happy to celebrate the Team Wales achievement as we are their number one fans.

“They will be always welcome to visit us at any time!”

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