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WALES ONLINE: Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg pupil through to British gymnastics finals


 A TEENAGE gymnast is literally head over heels with joy after becoming Welsh champion at senior level.

Georgia Cooper, a pupil at Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg, clinched first place in the vault and floor exercises and second in the bars and beams to clinch gold at the National Challenge Cup competition in Swansea.

The 17-year-old, who is amazingly one of the oldest competitors at 14-plus level, will now go onto the British finals in Aldershot in November.

As well as training five times a week with the Cardiff Central Gymnastics group, Georgia is also gearing up for her A-levels and driving test.

But mam Cath Cooper said her unassuming daughter still remains determined to succeed in the sport after making so many friends along the way.

Cath, from Church Village, said: “She had to miss her last sixth form party to compete, but it’s her own choice and we support her in whatever she wants to do.

“She has been with the club since she was eight, and she’s completed her level one coaching badge already.

“She wants to become a PE teacher, but she’s still got a desire to do well in the sport.

“We’re very proud of her.”

Last year, Georgia came third in the UK finals in the floor exercise – an event she described as her undoubted favourite.

She has already taken up a voluntary coaching role in Sophia Gardens in Cardiff to nurture the next generation of stars.

“Her school has been very supportive,” added Cath.

“She is having to juggle a lot at the moment as it’s an important time in her school life.

“The British competition is an incredible standard – the sport has taken off big-time.

“But it is a bit of a financial burden on us. We pay for leotards and equipment for her.

“But it’s all worth it to see her enjoy herself and do so well.”


Read more: Wales Online