People are being invited to turn out in force to show their support and raise funds for the GB rhythmic gymnastics group at Thursday (19 April) night’s 2012 Celebrations event.
The event is being hosted by Team Bath at the University of Bath Sports Training Village to celebrate the group’s achievement in achieving the Olympic qualifying standard.
The group are completely self-funded – they receive no National Lottery support – and the event is also an opportunity for people to donate money to help the group’s preparations for the 2012 Games.
“We’d encourage people to come along and be inspired by the sheer elegance and dynamism of the sport performed by some of the most dedicated young sportswomen in the country,” said coach Sarah Moon.
“The money we raise will go towards our training and to make sure the group is as well prepared as we can be for the Games,” she added.
The evening of entertainment gets underway at 6.45pm and the GB rhythmic gymnastics group will perform three routines, including the two the displays from the Olympic test event in London in January.
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.
There will also be an auction – with Amy Williams, Bath’s Olympic Winter Games skeleton gold medallist acting as auctioneer. One of the lots up for grabs will be a ball that was used at the test event and signed by the members of the group. There is also a Team Bath t-shirt signed by Olympic gold medallist Jason Gardener and a running vest signed by Paralympic silver medallist Ben Rushgrove.
Doors open on Thursday at 6pm, with the event getting underway at 6.45pm. Admission is by way of a £5 donation on the door for adults and a £2 donation for children.
Meanwhile, the GB group took part in their first World Cup at Pesaro in Italy at the weekend, finishing 13th with a total score of 45.3 for the two routines – again exceeding their target figure for this year’s test event.
“We had to shuffle the team around due to injury, so it wasan encouraging score,” said coach Moon, “It was also inspiring for us to be working alongside groups like the Italians, who are the current world champions, and Russia’s Evgeniya Kanaeva, the individual Olympic and world champion.”
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