TREOWEN gymnast Lauryn Carpenter has been selected to compete for Wales in the Commonwealth Games.

The 17-year-old is joined in the 13-strong team for the Birmingham Games along with fellow rhythmic gymnasts selected are Gemma Frizelle and Elizabeth Popova.

Carpenter started rhythmic at the age of 10 at Valleys Gymnastics Academy and the former Newbridge School pupil is now with Llanelli Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy.

She won silver all-around at this year's Welsh Rhythmic Championships and was ninth all-around at the British Rhythmic Championships.

Carpenter will be joined in the West Midlands by a five-strong Women's Artistic selection consists of Mia Evans, Jea Maracha, Sofia Micallef, Mali Morgan and Poppy Stickler.

The five selected Men's Artistic gymnasts are Brinn Bevan, Joe Cemlyn-Jones, Josh Cook, Emil Barber and Jacob Edwards.

The artistic gymnastics competition takes place at Arena Birmingham across five days between July 29 and August 3 before rhythmic gymnastics takes centre stage there from August 4 to 6.

Jo Coombs, the performance director at Welsh Gymnastics, said: "We are thrilled to announce our gymnasts who will travel to Birmingham to represent their country this summer.

"This team announcement is the culmination of an enormous amount of hard work, dedication and commitment in a cycle that has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Preparation for these Games has been like no other and has taken all the coaches, gymnasts and support staff innovation and commitment to enable us all to continue training, competing and mentally being ready for what lies ahead.

"We couldn't be prouder of all who have been chosen to compete at the Games."

The team for Birmingham includes two gymnasts, in Frizelle and Cook, who return for a second Games having also been part of Team Wales at Gold Coast 2018.

Cook is part of a strong men's line-up who are bidding to create history in Birmingham by winning what would be a first-ever men's team gymnastics medal for Wales.

He is joined by Rio Olympian and former British all-around champion Bevan, along with Cemlyn-Jones – who in 2021 competed at the World Championships as well as winning all-around silver at the British Championships – and also Barber, who was a travelling reserve to Australia four years ago.

Completing the team is Edwards, who now follows in the footsteps of older brother Matthew Hennessey, who went to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi as part of Team Wales.

It's an exciting Women's Artistic team with all five selected in what is their first year as senior gymnasts.

In Welsh senior all-around champion Maracha, Morgan and Stickler, it includes three of the British Women's Artistic senior squad for 2022.

At the Artistic British Championships at the end of March, Stickler bagged a brilliant bronze medal for her floor routine, while Micallef won bronze on the vault.

Three-time former British Rhythmic all-around medallist and reigning Welsh senior all-around champion Frizelle is joined by her fellow British senior squad team mate and former double Welsh junior all-around champion Elizabeth Popova.

The Rhythmic line-up for Birmingham is completed by exciting prospect Carpenter.

Coombs said: "For gymnastics, this is a huge opportunity to showcase Welsh talent.

"It is the only opportunity in gymnastics for gymnasts to represent Wales at a major event allowing us to be in a very privileged position of promoting gymnastics in Wales for Wales.

"The gymnasts are so passionate and proud to represent their country and be part of supporting the growth of the sport into the future.

"We wish them all well and can't wait to see what the Welsh Gymnastics' 2022 Commonwealth Games team achieve."