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Gymnastics - 11. April 2012.

Support the GB rhythmic gymnastics group at celebration event



Support the GB rhythmic gymnastics group at celebration event

Team Bath is hosting a major celebration event on Thursday 19 April to help
fund the GB rhythmic gymnastics group¹s preparations for the London 2012
Olympic Games.

Members of the public are invited to show their support for the girls and
enjoy an evening of entertainment at the event at the University of Bath
Sports Training Village.

The group have trained together at the University of Bath since last summer
with the goal of becoming the first British rhythmic gymnastics group to
compete at an Olympic Games.

The British Olympic Association confirmed it would take up the host nation
place for the event after the group successfully won an appeal at an
independent panel last month, which agreed that the girls did achieve the
required Olympic qualification standard at the test event in London in
January.

The group do not receive any National Lottery funding to support their
preparations and the celebration event is part of their fund-raising
activities to help fund the travel they will need to do to compete at other
competitions in the build-up to the Games and also to provide new equipment
and kit.

The group will perform the two routines that they did at the test event at
the celebration event, which gets underway at 6.45pm on 19 April.

Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath, said: ³It¹s a
real privilege for us to host the GB rhythmic gymnastics group¹s training at
Team Bath. The girls have showed great dedication and they¹re an inspiration
to many other athletes who train at Bath.

³We wanted to host the 19 April event to give as many people as possible the
opportunity to see them in action as well as to help them raise funds to
support them over the coming months.

³I hope people turn out in force to show their support for the group and to
enjoy what I¹m sure will be an interesting and fun evening of
entertainment.²

Other entertainment on the evening will include displays by City of Bath
Rhythmic Gymnastics, Team Bath Evolution trampoline group, Baskervilles
Gymnastics and Weston Aerobics. There will also be a performance by the City
of Bath Bach Choir.

And there will also be an opportunity to win sporting memorabilia donated by
Olympians and other world-class athletes at a fundraising auction.

Doors will open at 6pm on the day, with the fun getting underway at 6.45pm.
Entry is by way of a £5 donation for adults and a £2 donation for children,
with donations payable at the event.

The seven-strong GB rhythmic gymnastics group consists of Annie Bartlett,
Frankie Fox, Georgina Cassar, Jade Faulkner, Louisa Pouli, Lynne Hutchison
and Rachel Smith.  The group are coached by Sarah Moon.
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