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Emily James and Mia Bernardo will become the first Welsh gymnasts to compete at a European Championships since 2013.


Follow the 2021 Aerobic European Championships

This weekend (17th-19th September), the 2021 Aerobic European Championships takes place in Pesaro, Italy, with several British gymnasts in action – while there will also be Welsh involvement for the first time since 2013.

Talented duo Emily James and Mia Bernardo, both from Aberdare, will become the first Welsh aerobic gymnasts to compete at a European Championships since former senior women’s British champion Kayleigh Silver eight years ago.

In what is their first year in the senior ranks, 17-year-old Emily, who trains between Bulmershe Gymnastics Club in Reading and Phoenix Dance & Gymnastics in Aberdare and Mia, 18, from Phoenix, have been selected as part of a five-strong senior group.

The group also includes reigning senior British individual champion Niamh Keane (Bulmershe) and Basingstoke Gymnastics Club pair Keleigh-Anne Blakey and Elizabeth Marais.

They also come into the event having just been crowned British champions after winning the senior group competition at the Aerobic British Championships in Guildford earlier this month.

The group head into the Europeans fresh from being crowned British champions.


Emily said: “To be selected to compete at this level for Great Britain is an honour. I am also very proud to be a Welsh aerobic gymnast in the group.

“I am excited and also a bit nervous as it is my first year in the senior category, but I have had a lot of support from all my coaches.

“It's great to be part of a group as you all know exactly what the other person is going through so we all have that support. I have never competed at a Europeans so it’s all very exciting.”

Mia said: “I’m extremely proud of myself for being selected to go. I feel very excited, but a little nervous, as it will be my first Europeans. I feel very privileged to be competing for my country and representing the Welsh nation.

“I would like to say thank you to my coaches Laura and Emma and also the coaches at Bulmershe, Kerry and Holly, as I would never have been able to achieve all this without their support.”

Who else is in action for GB?

British gymnasts will compete in both the senior and junior competitions.

Elsewhere Niamh Keane, fresh from also making it a hat-trick of individual British titles, will be going for individual glory with Elena Hamblin in the senior event. Elena, meanwhile, will join Anoushka Gardonyi and Camilla Simmons in the trio.

Lola Lawrence and Emily Blackhurst will compete as individuals in the junior women’s event with Lewis Harvey also competing as an individual but in the men’s.

There will be two junior trios in action for GB; Molly Brown, Freya Grafton and Katie Ferris in one with Daisy-May Stevens, Zoe Wilshire and Eesha Antil the other. Lola, Molly, Freya, Katie and Emily will also come together for the junior group competition.

So what’s the schedule?

Here’s the full schedule across the three days, where GB’s gymnasts will compete;
*all timings are UK time

Friday 17th September
11am Junior trio qualification and senior individual women qualification
3.30pm Junior group qualification

Saturday 18th September
11am Junior individual women qualification and senior trio qualification
3.30pm Junior individual men qualification and senior group qualification

Sunday 19th September
9am Junior individual women final and junior individual men final
10.45am Junior trio final and junior group final
1.45pm Senior individual women final
3.30pm Senior trio final and senior group final

How can I watch the competition and follow the scores?

Throughout the competition you’ll be able to keep up to date with how the British gymnasts are doing. You can follow all of the scores as they happen or watch the live stream, available on gymtv online.

Good luck to all of the gymnasts and coaches out in Italy this week.