Olympic sport of the day – rhythmic gymnastics

Francesca Jones
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Grace and beauty have been on show throughout the rhythmic gymnastics competition at Wembley Arena.

Rhythmic gymnastics first appeared during the 19th century and slowly grew in popularity until the first competitions were staged during the 1930s.

Having evolved to incorporate elements from classical ballet, German muscle-building techniques and Swedish exercise systems, it’s one of the most beautiful spectacles on the Olympic programme.

Great Britain’s rhythmic gymnasts have overcome a rocky road to reach the Olympic Games.

The six-strong team of Rachel Smith, Louisa Pouli, Francesca Fox, Lynne Hutchison, Jade Faulkner and Georgina Cassar had looked set to miss out on the Games but appealed the National Governing Body’s decision to represent their country.

And waving the flag for Northamptonshire is Frankie Jones from Wellingborough.

Frankie has performed well in the individual events against some tough competition and made us very proud!

Frankie started as an artistic gymnast at the age of seven.

Two years on, she transferred to rhythmic gymnastics and soon established herself as a member of the British national squad.

She still attends Nene Valley Rhythmic Gymnastics Club at  Weavers Leisure Centre, Wellingborough.

Nene Valley is accredited with the Club Mark which is a cross sport quality accreditation for clubs with junior sections, recognising clubs as safe, effective and child friendly. 

It offers minimum operating standards across all sports which will lead to better quality sports club provision for children and young people.

Northamptonshire Sport works with the National Governing Bodies to award the accreditation.

For more information about finding this and other Club Mark organisations in the county, visit www.northamptonshiresport.org/clubs or email info@northamptonshiresport.org.