Freya Abrams, a first year dance student at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been selected for the Great Britain Aerobic Gymnastics squad and aims to represent the UK. As the only senior gymnast from the North of England, Freya hopes to represent her country at the Aerobic Gymnastics European and World Championships next year.

This is the first time that the 18-year-old, from Hesketh Bank, has made the GB team following success at events this year, including online competitions and the British Championships in September.

Speaking on the matter, Freya said:

“I’m really happy and my family are very proud. It will be a new experience that I want to learn from and I’m aiming for a top five finish at the events.I love the aerobic discipline as it’s a combination of many skills including strength, fitness and flexibility. It’s a growing sport that I hope will one-day feature in the Olympics. I’ve always been interested in dance and it certainly plays a role in my gymnastics. Through my dance training at UCLan I am given more freedom and can experiment with freestyle routines, whereas a gymnastic routine is very structured. It’s a nice contrast. It’s hard work and involves a lot of commitment but it’s absolutely worth it.”

Freya trains at LK Aerobic Gymnastics in Southport, for around 4 hours at each session, and juggles this around her University degree in dance, performance and teaching.

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