Team Bath is hosting a major celebration event on Thursday 19 April to help fund the GB rhythmic gymnastics group’s 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: “It’s a real privilege for us to host the GB rhythmic gymnastics group’s training at Team Bath. The girls have showed great dedication and they’re an inspiration to many other athletes who train at Bath.
“We 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.
“I hope people turn out in force to show their support for the group and to enjoy what I’m sure will be an interesting and fun evening of entertainment.”
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.
For further information please see the Team Bath website at www.teambath.com
Members of the media can contact the Team Bath press office at Matchtight Ltd on 01225 383518 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
The University of Bath is The Sunday Times University of the Year 2011/12.