The Sporting Wales Rising Star Awards were held at the Village Hotel in Cardiff last Friday 26 June and Welsh Gymnastics had plenty to celebrate at the special occasion. Commonwealth Games double-bronze medal-winning gymnast, Georgina Hockenhull, took to the spotlight as one of three runners up of the prestigious 2015 Sporting Wales Rising Star Award.
18-year-old Georgina was one of twelve up-and-coming sports men and women in Wales who received monthly Rising Star awards for their contribution to Wales’ sporting landscape over the past year. The overall title of the evening was won by Newport Gwent Dragons centre Tyler Morgan, with Georgina joining Wales’ women's rugby player Hannah Jones and swimmer Daniel Jervis recognised as joint runners up.
Also at the ceremony, monthly awards for March, April, May and June were presented to athlete Emily Wright, tennis player Ricky Tong, canoeist Will Coney and women's footballer Charlie Estcourt.
There were some inspiring words from the likes of Sport Wales chair Professor Laura McAllister and Olympics legend Lynn Davies. Guests also had the chance to hear from Wales’ team captain at the Commonwealth Games, Aled Sion Davies, along with gold-medal winner and flag bearer Frankie Jones, who presented fellow gymnast Georgina with her award.
Frankie spoke to the audience, recalling her extroadinary memories of Glasgow 2014 and her future within Welsh Gymnastics as she joins a team of coaches mentoring Future Hopes gymnasts - an inniative deisgned to find and nourish rhythmic talent across Wales.