Wales’ top artistic gymnasts will step up their Commonwealth Games preparation next month when the Northern Europeans return to Cardiff – and tickets have just gone on sale.
The normally annual event will be staged at the Sport Wales National Centre at Sophia Gardens on November 13th and 14th. It was originally set to take place in Cardiff last October but was re-scheduled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It will give the leading Welsh artistic gymnasts battling to earn a place on Team Wales at next year’s Commonwealth Games some high-quality competition on home soil just over eight months out from Birmingham.
This year’s Northern Europeans will see England competing at this event for the first time with Scotland and Ireland also in attendance. There will also be delegations from Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, the Isle of Man and Jersey.
It will also mark 20 years since the inaugural event which was staged in Helsinki, Finland, back in 2001.
The Northern Europeans has only once previously been held in Wales and that was in Cardiff in 2009.
That event 12 years ago resulted in both the Wales men’s and women’s teams winning gold, while Jessica Hogg also won the women’s individual all-around title.
Wales also enjoyed great success the last time the event was held – in Kópavogur, Iceland, back in 2019 – bringing home a total of 10 gold, four silver and three bronze medals.
The women’s team of Mia Evans, Holly Jones, Jea Maracha, Poppy Stickler and Emily Thomas won all-around gold with the men’s team of Emil Barber, Brinn Bevan, Joe Cemlyn-Jones, Josh Cook and Jacob Edwards bagging all-around silver.
Brinn Bevan and Joe Cemlyn-Jones, who have both just flown out to Japan to compete for Great Britain at the Artistic World Championships taking place next week, both enjoyed individual apparatus success at the Northern Europeans two years ago.
Joe won gold on parallel bars and high bar, took silver in the all-around, as well as claiming bronze on the pommel horse and rings. Brinn, meanwhile, bagged pommel horse gold.
Limited tickets for this year’s event are now on sale. They are priced at £15 for adults and £7.50 concessions per day ticket. Weekend tickets are £25 adults and £10 concessions.