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16th December 2021

St Brendan’s student Larissa was selected to represent the GB Junior Team at the European TeamGym Championships which took place earlier this month. The Team performed fantastically and went on to win bronze – the first ever time the Junior Team has taken home a medal.

TeamGym is a team competition which includes routines being performed on three pieces of apparatus: floor, trampette and a tumbling track.

The European Championships brings together the very best TeamGym athletes in Europe, with senior and junior men’s, women’s and mixed teams representing their countries. This year, the competition took place in Guimaraes, Portugal, with over 400 gymnasts from 14 countries taking part.

Larissa travelled to Portugal with her mum, along with the rest of TeamGym GB to take part in the Championships. Alongside her 11 teammates she competed in the Junior Women’s category. She has been preparing for the Championships for two years. She successfully completed a rigorous process of 10 trails with 12 teams from across the whole of UK and was selected to represent the Junior TeamGym in 2020. Larissa’s success in this competition is particularly impressive as she had to perform with a taped up ankle having fractured it 5 weeks earlier!

Larissa studies Health & Social Care, Applied Human Biology and Sport at St Brendan’s and lans to go on to study Midwifery at Cardiff University next year. She is now busy preparing for the 2022 European TeamGym Championships which will take place in Luxembourg in September.

You can watch Larissa’s performance here from 3.37.30 – she is number 4: