Proud father Colin to cheer for Frankie

Colin Jones, from Wellingborough, whose daughter Frankie is competing as a gymnast in the Olympic Games in London
Colin Jones, from Wellingborough, whose daughter Frankie is competing as a gymnast in the Olympic Games in London
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A proud father will cheer on his daughter when she competes in the London Olympic Games from today.

Colin Jones’ daughter Frankie Jones, 21, from Wellingborough, will represent Great Britain in the individual rhythmic event.

She will compete at Wembley Arena today, Thursday, August 9, and tomorrow, Friday, August 10.

Her family have all had special T-shirts made up to show their support for her.

Mr Jones will be cheering on his daughter at the stadium on Friday and he’s urging everyone in Northamptonshire to get behind his daughter and back her to do well in the competition.

He said: “We are all excited for her. I am going to be there Friday and her sister will be there on Thursday to watch her. I will be busy recording her.

“She’s a local girl so I’d urge everyone to get behind her.

“I have been watching the games, mostly the artistic gymnastics and the cycling, so far. Team GB has been absolutely fantastic.

“I really hope my daughter enjoys the experience – that’s the main thing.

“She is still training hard; it’s business as usual for her.

“She went down to the Olympic Village on Sunday.

“At the moment she’s just delighted for the other artistic gymnasts she has trained with who have done well.

“I think her Facebook and Twitter accounts have been going potty lately too.

“She posted a picture of the view from her room overlooking the stadium.”

Frankie, who competes for Wales because of her father’s roots in Pontypool, described her inclusion in the squad as “a dream come true”.

In the run-up to the games, she won the Welsh Championships and the Irina Deleanu Orange Trophy.

Hockey player Anne Panter, originally from the Wellingborough area, has been competing at the games.

And the Northamptonshire family of Australian under-60kg judoka Arnie Dickins have also been in London to support him.

Arnie was born locally and lived in both Wellingborough and Higham Ferrers before emigrating with his parents and sister six years ago.

He was defeated by Georgian Betkili Shukvani in the first round of the judo competition.