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Carl Field

Carl Field

Welsh rhythmic gymnasts and Birmingham 2022 contenders Elizabeth Popova and Gemma Frizelle will represent Great Britain across Europe this month.

Carmarthen-born Elizabeth, who is in her first year as a senior and doesn’t turn 16 until the end of November, will this weekend be competing in the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup series event in Sofia, Bulgaria – her parents’ homeland.

It will a first senior appearance in a World Cup event for Elizabeth – who is also looking to secure her place on Team Wales for this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

In 2019 she competed in the World Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships and is also the reigning back-to-back Welsh junior rhythmic champion.

Meanwhile Gemma, 23, has been selected to represent GB at the World Cup series event in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 22nd to 24th April.

Elizabeth Popova and Gemma Frizelle pictured at last year’s Welsh Rhythmic Championships.

Gemma has previously represented GB at both the Rhythmic World and European Championships.

Welsh senior rhythmic champion Gemma, a three-time podium finisher at the Rhythmic British Championships, is bidding to earn selection for back-to-back Commonwealth Games having been part of Team Wales on Australia’s Gold Coast in 2018.

Elizabeth and Gemma are part of British Gymnastics’ Rhythmic Senior Squad for 2022 and have also earned GB selection for the 21st edition of the Irina Deleanu Cup, in Bucharest, Romania, from 29th April to 1st May.

Both are attached to Llanelli Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy.

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