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Abigail Godsall

Abigail Godsall

In a historic moment for Welsh Gymnastics, Ruby Evans has etched her name in the history books of sporting greatness. Selected for the GB Olympic Gymnastics Team for the Paris 2024 Games, Ruby becomes the first Welsh, Women’s Artistic gymnast to grace the Olympic stage since Sonia Lawrence’s selection for the Atlanta 1996 Games. Reflecting on her achievement, Ruby stated, “It’s so crazy to me that it has been that long. I feel really proud to be the next Welsh gymnast to be a part of the Women’s Artistic Olympic team.” As the spotlight shines brightly on Ruby, it’s not just her individual achievement that captivated us; it’s the legacy she embodies and the inspiration she ignites for generations to come.

*Official team photo taken at Lilleshall National Sport Centre by Team GB*

For Ruby Evans, this journey to the Olympics is a result of years of dedication, perseverance, and passion for her sport. Reflecting on her selection, Ruby shared her emotions saying “It feels really surreal, just because I’m so young and I’m right at the start of my journey so to have made it to the biggest event this early on, is amazing. This is my second year as a senior so to be able to be part of the team for this Olympic cycle is something I never expected.”

Ruby’s journey is not just about personal glory; it’s about breaking barriers and paving the way for future Welsh Gymnasts to dream big and reach for the stars. As we look back at the history of Welsh Athletes at the Olympic Games across all the Olympic disciplines, a narrative emerges with resilience, courage, and unwavering determination. From the likes of Francesca Jones to Ruby Evans, each athlete has left an indelible mark on the Olympic stage, showcasing the talent and unwavering spirit of Welsh Sportsmanship.

“Aside from competing, I am really looking forward to being in the village and being around all the other athletes. When I think of the Olympics that’s what I imagine, just soaking up the experience”. Ruby shared eagerly.

However, Ruby’s selection is more than just a milestone; it’s a beacon of hope for aspiring gymnasts across Wales. By shattering stereotypes and surpassing barriers, Ruby exemplifies the limitless possibilities that await those who dare to chase their dreams.

Reflecting on the support system that has helped her reach this level of competition, Ruby emphasised, “my coach is the main person that’s helped me get here, she’s the reason I’m where I am at with my gymnastics. My parents have been amazing too, they have been so supportive for my whole gymnastics career so far and have always helped me get to Lilleshall for training, paid my fees, and cheered me on at competitions. Of course, all of the office staff at Welsh Gymnastics do so much behind the scenes, so they’ve been a massive support too”.

As she prepares to take on the world’s best in Paris, Ruby’s journey serves as a reminder that greatness knows no boundaries and that the path to success is paved with hard work, dedication, and unwavering belief.

What advice would you give to young gymnasts hoping to make the Olympics one day? Ruby pondered before offering the following advice, “don’t stress and keep composed. I try not to overthink when it comes to my gymnastics, I would say to try your best and not overthink are my main pieces of advice”.

Everyone at Welsh Gymnastics extends their heartfelt congratulations to Ruby Evans on her historic achievement. As she embarks on this remarkable journey, we stand united in our support, cheering her on every step of the way. With her unwavering spirit and unyielding determination, Ruby Evans is not just a gymnast; she is a symbol of inspiration and a true ambassador for Welsh gymnastics. Here’s to Ruby, may her journey inspire generations and her legacy endure for years to come. Good luck in Paris, Ruby, Wales is behind you all the way!

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