Two young rhythmic gymnasts at Stars Academy in Welwyn Garden City have qualified for elite competitions.

Phillipa Museva, 19, has qualified for the British Championships in the senior category for the second year running.

Last year Phillipa finished eighth overall in the country for ball and ribbon, and in 2021 she represented Britain at the World Championships in Japan and at the European Championships in Bulgaria.

The British Championships take place from Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21. Phillipa will compete with her hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon routines over two days - aiming to qualify for the finals.

Rafaelle PinzaruRafaelle Pinzaru (Image: Stars Academy)

Meanwhile fellow Stars gymnast, 13-year-old Rafaelle Pinzaru, has qualified for the National Grades Finals in the junior category, which take place this weekend.

Rafaelle will compete with her hoop, ball and clubs routine over two days, again hoping to qualify for a place in the final.


Head coach Elena Museva said: "Our gymnasts deserve the spotlight for their many years of hard work and dedication and we should all be proud that such elite gymnasts and people are coming out of our area."

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The British Championships take place at the Telford International Centre, while the National Grades Championships take place at Newcastle's Northumbria University.